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Bangles – Hazy Shade Of Winter (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on December 21st, 2015


A. Front

“A Hazy Shade of Winter” is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel,originally released on October 22, 1966.

In 1987, The Bangles recorded a cover version of the song for the Less Than Zero soundtrack; that version peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Their cover, simply titled “Hazy Shade of Winter,” was a harder-edged rock song that removed most of the bridge section. The record, like the rest of the soundtrack album, was produced by Rick Rubin. After a fruitful but disappointing experience with the producer of their Different Light album, David Kahne, where they were given little input in the production of the songs, the group decided to take more control for the recording of this song, and they were given an additional producer credit. Michael Steele later commented that “we sounded the most on this record the way we actually sound live”, and that “If we hadn’t been so messed up as a band, it could have been a turning point for us.”

Lead vocals were performed jointly by all four members of the group, with a short solo led by Susanna Hoffs towards the end of the song. This was a rare occurrence in the Bangles songs, as they mostly had just one member singing lead on their songs. Due to pressure from their record label, The Bangles removed the verse from the original song that contained the line “drinking my vodka and lime.” According to liner notes on the Soundtrack album, Steve Bartek from the band Oingo Boingo played guitar on the track.

When released as a single in November 1987, “Hazy Shade of Winter” became a huge hit, surpassing the popularity of the original version, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, only behind “Could’ve Been” by Tiffany, and also #11 in the UK. It was also a hit around Europe.

The music video for the song featured the band singing in a studio surrounded by television screens on the walls, similar to a scene of the Less Than Zero film. Scenes of the film also appear throughout the video.

“Hazy Shade of Winter” was not included on any of the band’s studio albums, but was later included on the band’s first official Greatest Hits in 1990, and on many of the band’s subsequent compilations. The accompanying Greatest Hits video compilation did not feature the “Hazy Shade of Winter” video, due to complications with the licensing of the movie rights of the Less Than Zero scenes that appear on the video clip.

The Bangles version was commonly used as bumper music for late night radio talk show Coast to Coast AM hosted by Art Bell in the mid to late 1990s.

Hazy Shade Of Winter (Purple Haze Mix) 5:01
Remix – Keith Cohen, Steve Beltran

Hazy Shade Of Winter (7″ Dub Mix) 2:15
Remix – Keith Cohen, Steve Beltran

Hazy Shade Of Winter (7″ Version) 2:46
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Bangles, Bill Drescher, David White

Hazy Shade Of Winter (Shady Haze Version) 2:46
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Bangles, Bill Drescher, David White

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1987 Hazy Shade Of Winter U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #2
1987 Hazy Shade Of Winter U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales #37


Label: Def Jam Recordings ‎– 44 07540
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Rock & Roll

Photography [Bangles] – Sheila Rock
Producer – Rick Rubin
Written-By – P. Simon*

Taken from the soundtrack to “Less Than Zero”.
Track B2 (“Shady Haze” version) is same as B1 version, except backwards.
Mastered at Precision.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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20 Responses to “Bangles – Hazy Shade Of Winter (US 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Thanks so much Paul for this one. I can not wait to hear all the different versions assembled here. Once again, you hit it out of the ball park for a, bases loaded, HOME RUN!! Tremendous stuff as always. What a way to start the week before Christmas. The presents don’t stop coming from you and we love you so much for them.




    DjPaulT Reply:

    Cheers! Jeff 🙂


  2. OMAR Says:

    Thanks Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  3. Stefano Says:

    Excellent track by The Bangles. I know I really fancy that 7 inch version, but don’t think I know that Shady Haze version. Great post Paul, thanks!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano. The “Shady Haze Version” is very strange basically the 7″ version in reverse.


    Jermajesty Reply:

    I always thought that the backwards version was a weird thing to do.

    Back in the day me and my friend somehow reversed it (possibly by cutting it out of a cassette transfer, and re-splicing the tape back in back-to-front!). We were hoping for some surprise for all our hard work – a different mix or alternative lyrics, but none came. It really is just the track backwards.

    Now that I know from Marc Almond’s book that artists got royalties for the A-side separately from the B-side, I wonder if this was a way of ensuring an extra 25% royalties on this release for them Bangles, by pretending it’s a whole new track?


    Davos Via 45 Reply:

    That’s pretty funny from today’s point of view, when you can reverse a song in a software audio editor in seconds!


  4. MillCity9 Says:

    I love this song! What a great post for the warm December we are having in the mid-west.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Oh I agree MillCity it has been really warm here in Oklahoma guess it won’t be a white Christmas this year.


  5. ex15 Says:


    ex15 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ex15 🙂


  6. miran0019 Says:

    Thanks, hombre. Definitely one of my favorite Bangles tracks. Nice to get the other versions. Your vinyl rips are always superb. Merry Christmas, Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Miran0019 🙂


  7. MusicMan3 Says:

    Great post, Paul. Love The Bangles and love this single. I remember buying this 12″ when it came out and LOVING the Purple Haze Mix. Thanks for posting. 🙂


  8. Davos Via 45 Says:

    This is a great example why I like so many 80s songs and productions, I’m guessing, Paul and all of you who visit this site every day will agree. It’s a nice song by Simon @ Garfunkel, but this high-powered, energetic, kick-ass version by The Bangles tops it easy. Everything is just right, on point, tremendous song, even better cover version with a big sound, excellent extended version,
    which is not to long and preserves the full impact of the song! Pauls rip isn’t to bad either! LOL


  9. Stephen Says:

    I utterly adore this song – and never heard the remixes as this 12″ didn’t make it’s way into my neck of the woods back in the 80’s. Thank you Paul for this fantastic early Christmas present!


  10. Junior Says:

    Great version of this track, it was played alot in my neck of the woods.

    Thanks Paul 🙂


  11. Jason Says:

    Thank you very much Paul


  12. Grant Says:

    Thanks so much for this, DJPaul!!


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