In Your Room

Album: Everything (1988)
Charted: 35 5
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  • Bangles lead singer Susanna Hoffs wrote this with Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, who have written many hit songs, including "Like A Virgin," "True Colors" and "I Touch Myself." Says Steinberg, "Right from the get go the Bangles were a retro '60s kind of band. They loved '60s music, obscure groups like The Merry Go Round. There was a song by The Merry Go Round called 'Live' and the Bangles used to do that. They liked everything from Petula Clark to The Beatles, so when we got together to write with Susanna, it was right up our alley because Tom and I grew up with '60s music and that was what we loved also."
  • This was written in the same batch of songs that produced "Eternal Flame," which was a #1 hit for the Bangles.
  • Steinberg: "'In Your Room' I think if anything it's a bit like 'Mony, Mony,' the Tommy James song. Sort of a happy Pop song. It's kind of camp. I wouldn't say it's one of the songs I'm the most proud of, but people like it, it's cute." (Check out our interview with Billy Steinberg.)
  • When they formed, the Bangles shared lead vocals and made sure all four members were represented equally in promotional materials. That changed as Susanna Hoffs, who sang lead on this track, became the star of their show, drawing most of the media attention. The music video for "In Your Room," directed by Tamra Davis, is a clear sign of the shift to Hoffs as the group's center. The video played her as a sex kitten, with a scene where the camera looks through a keyhole to leer her in a bathing suit.

    This focus on Hoffs led to the band's breakup in September 1989, while they were still one of the top acts in America. Hoffs launched a solo career, but could never capture the chemistry she had with the Bangles. In 1998, the group got back together.
  • In 2004, Target stores used this in commercials to promote their home furnishings.
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