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The Bangles — Walk Like An Egyptian
Album: Different Light
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Total ratings: 1680









Released: 1986
Length: 3:10
Plays (last 30 days): 1
All the old paintings on the tomb
They do the sand dance, don't you know
If they move too quick (Oh-way-oh)
They're falling down like a domino

All the bazaar men by the Nile
They got the money on a bet
Gold crocodiles (Oh-way-oh)
They snap their teeth on your cigarette

Foreign types with the hookah pipes say
Way-oh-way-oh, ooh-way-oh-way-oh
Walk like an Egyptian

The blonde waitresses take their trays
They spin around, and they cross the floor
They've got the moves (Oh-way-oh)
You drop your drink, then they bring you more

All the school kids so sick of books
They like the punk and the metal band
When the buzzer rings (Oh-way-oh)
They're walking like an Egyptian

All the kids in the marketplace say
Way-oh-way-oh, ooh-way-oh-way-oh
Walk like an Egyptian

Slide your feet up the street, bend your back
Shift your arm, then you pull it back
Life is hard you know (Oh-way-oh)
So strike a pose on a Cadillac

If you want to find all the cops
They're hanging out in the donut shop
They sing and dance (Oh-way-oh)
They spin the clubs, cruise down the block

All the Japanese with their yen
The party boys call the Kremlin
And the Chinese know (Oh-way-oh)
They walk the line like Egyptian

All the cops in the donut shop say
Way-oh-way-oh, ooh-way-oh-way-oh
Walk like an Egyptian
Walk like an Egyptian
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 drewd wrote:
TBT Everyday — The Bangles ~ Walk Like an Egyptian


I had a big crush on her when I was 15.
TBT Everyday — The Bangles ~ Walk Like an Egyptian
Bloody brilliant pop music.
Every time I hear this I think of my wedding.

When this song played at the reception, all the small kids there started walking like an Egyptian on the dance floor.
Fromage! Less filling....Tastes Great!
This one always remind me youth with an MTV. I love it!
Having heard this song so many times on the NYC radio stations, I wish RP could/would play some other songs off the same album
 kcar wrote:
 

Steve's really feelin' it...

This song helps define the 80s for me...in a good way. 
 

King Tut was in the late 70s - it has a strong association with high school for me. Bangles is probably close to 10 years later. 
Great dance tune!
What I want to know is: do Bill and Rebecca giggle when they spin a song like this at their listeners?
This is just fun!

If I’m among the public & this song starts playing, chances are you’ll almost always see someone (or at least me) — palms flat & @90° angles — doing The Dance. 

It’s catchy & deserves a Pharaoh mount of praise.
Image result for egyptian walkin line
 vanillagorilla wrote:
I walked to Egypt so I couldn't hear this song anymore
 
10,662 km (as the gorilla walks) - don't drown in the Atlantic!
I walked to Egypt so I couldn't hear this song anymore
 Jelani wrote:

"not aged well" ? I never understood that term in regards to music.
 
What was once clever, new and interesting becomes trite, overdone, or found to have little value years later.
 Highlowsel wrote:
Okay...for all the outstanding and strange (but good) music RP presents to my ears I suppose I can tolerate this drivel.  It was good in its day, but oh boy it hasn't aged well, has it?  So it goes in the land of Pop.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 
"not aged well" ? I never understood that term in regards to music.
It's quitting time but I can't seem to get the headphones off my head - the cords not long enough.
 tlbritton wrote:
When I started flying for American in '88 I was based out of NYC and The Bangles were on my first flight.  Great memory!
 
As a person who would like to have been (or still be) a pilot, that's a cool little tidbit.  And I suppose we can all say THANKS to you for giving us the Bangles...cuz...well...
This whole album was pretty good.
 capandjudy wrote:

This tune is lots of fun with clever lyrics. A guilty pleasure I suppose. 
 Very guilty pleasure another song I have no desire to hear AGAIN

When I started flying for American in '88 I was based out of NYC and The Bangles were on my first flight.  Great memory!
 FlatCat wrote:

To me, this is one of the catchiest pop tunes ever written. Never stopped loving it. 

 
This tune is lots of fun with clever lyrics. A guilty pleasure I suppose. 
 FlatCat wrote:

To me, this is one of the catchiest pop tunes ever written. Never stopped loving it. 

 
 Highlowsel wrote:
Okay...for all the outstanding and strange (but good) music RP presents to my ears I suppose I can tolerate this drivel.  It was good in its day, but oh boy it hasn't aged well, has it?  So it goes in the land of Pop.  
 
To me, this is one of the catchiest pop tunes ever written. Never stopped loving it. 
Okay...for all the outstanding and strange (but good) music RP presents to my ears I suppose I can tolerate this drivel.  It was good in its day, but oh boy it hasn't aged well, has it?  So it goes in the land of Pop.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 sanmiamcairo wrote:
Being an Egyptian, I tend  relate well to this song not to mention the bullying I went through growing up in California when it came out. I still like it despite the inflicted distress. Do you think I can sue the Bangles for emotional damage?

 
This was my experience too...I think I was in 4th grade when it came out...no idea how many times I've had folks ask me "do you walk like an Egyptian?"  UGGG

Still...I like the tune too...rated a 7. 


My back is hurting from the chair I'm sitting on where's the Tylenol?

If I lay down flat on the floor it usually kind of fixes it.

Tony Danza from Who’s the Boss? says hay-oh hay-oh hay-oh oh-way


Mullet city.
 
 idiot_wind wrote:
What are they saying...."cops or cocks hanging out at the donut shop"? 

 
Yes.
What are they saying...."cops or cocks hanging out at the donut shop"? 
This is the dumbest song I've ever liked.
 amb599 wrote:
Having flashbacks of the sussana hoffs poster I had in my room growing up.  I was a fan.  Of... sussana's hoffs.   

 
Susanna Hoffs...sigh.....be still my beating heart.
Having flashbacks of the sussana hoffs poster I had in my room growing up.  I was a fan.  Of... sussana's hoffs.   
PSD, sorry fans.
Worst Bangles song on the worst Bangles album!
Haven't heard this in a long time! Fun on a Friday afternoon!
 
Silly lyrics, but my 11 year loves dancing to it.
 GeneP59 wrote:
{#Lol}

Every time I hear this song I still think of the parody song that caused so much uproar

Walk With An Erection - The Swinging Erudites 

{#Roflol}


 

 On_The_Beach wrote:
https://whatisplayinginmyitunes.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/steve_martin_king_tut.jpeg

  

Steve's really feelin' it...

This song helps define the 80s for me...in a good way. 
AH! When MTV was a goliath and you couldn't get on the radio (no matter how snappy the song was) unless you had A VIDEO.
Now look at em' MTV is a reality TV channel among 200 other reality TV channels {#Beat}
Walk like a wee pigeon.
{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}
 sanmiamcairo wrote:
 What a hottie! Bet she still is 30 years later 

 

That's a fairly recent photo of Susanna Hoffs.  Here's what she looked like 30 years ago:


LOVE IT!  Smart, catchy pop; well executed and produced .... and — don't lie — you walked like an Egyptian more than one time, dincha?
PLEASE GOD NO!!!!

It took 20 years to get this terrible song out of my head... I dont EVER want it back 
 greiffenstein wrote:
She still rocks my world.



  What a hottie! Bet she still is 30 years later 


Being an Egyptian, I tend  relate well to this song not to mention the bullying I went through growing up in California when it came out. I still like it despite the inflicted distress. Do you think I can sue the Bangles for emotional damage?
My thoughts exactly, "a curve ball" on Radio Paradise

vo1dza wrote:
I didn't expect to hear this here, but it got me smiling!  Thanks!

 


Gets a 'most excellent' from me for the memories, and the hormonal surge at the time. {#Cheesygrin}
I didn't expect to hear this here, but it got me smiling!  Thanks!
Well I certainly wasn't expecting to hear that!
She still rocks my world.


 impediguy wrote:
Isn't the title female slang for sore from sex? Always had a crush on Susanna Hoffs.

 
we all had a crush on Susanna Hoffs.  Who knows what affect she had on sales.
My first WTF of the day.
Isn't the title female slang for sore from sex? Always had a crush on Susanna Hoffs.
Had secret plans on  becoming Mainstream.
Ugh.
I dunno....I don't particularly hate this song, but I never loved it either. However,  I haven't heard it in so long, I enjoyed it.  Why not?
{#Lol}

Every time I hear this song I still think of the parody song that caused so much uproar

Walk With An Erection - The Swinging Erudites 

{#Roflol}

 csutto wrote:
There's good 80's and then there's ......
 
and then there's....this stuff {#Cheesygrin}
Let's see...
Manic Monday—written by Prince
Going Down to Liverpool-written by Kim (forgot the last name) from Katrina and the waves
If she knew what she wants–by Jules Shear

and this piece of crap. Were they actually capable of writing a song themselves? Let alone a good one?
There's good 80's and then there's ......
 On_The_Beach wrote:
https://whatisplayinginmyitunes.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/steve_martin_king_tut.jpeg

 
icing on the cake!!
OMG, this totally turned my crap day into a dance party.  Rainbows & unicorns, y'all!
{#Bananasplit}
Wheeee!
Seriously, if I wanted to hear this crap, I'd go back mainstream radio.   Makie it stop!!
I always found this a fun song..... 
 lily34 wrote:
what happened? did i go back in time to an awful radiostation?

 
Alas, Bill likes what he likes, and we get to go along for the ride. But I always did like this for some reason.
Fun with derivatives!

Carter Pewterschmidt - Walk Like an Egyptian - YouTube


{#Cheesygrin}

Or less work friendly (in fact, very very NSFW in the title) dj luna-c **** me egyptian style
https://whatisplayinginmyitunes.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/steve_martin_king_tut.jpeg
Wow.  I wouldnt have noticed the similarity if you hadnt played them back to back. Loved this fun little tune back in the day.  No wonder I really liked Fault Lines too the first time I heard it. 

 
funky beat, and I'm 17 again! {#Bananajam}
 markus333 wrote:
{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananajam}

 
So cool those smileys hearing to the track !
{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananajam}
Never thought I would hear this on RP, but once again B&R demonstrate your total lack of musical prejudices. I also like it (maybe it only reminds me child years, but anyway, nice feelings)
what happened? did i go back in time to an awful radiostation?
Most unexpected and smooooth segue...
 
 jlgoz60 wrote:

Agreed....Really cool, where else would we hear that!!

 
Same place, one month later? {#Wink}
 Steely_D wrote:
That Petty/Bangles segue was great!

 
Agreed....Really cool, where else would we hear that!!
That Petty/Bangles segue was great!
 daveesh wrote:

the only reason they got a record contract right there.

 
You are wrong. They're a cool band that puts on a good show.

And anyway:
 
 daveesh wrote:
the only reason they got a record contract right there.
 
Doubt it.  I like their music, and they sold a boatload of vinyl and plastic.
Wow.  If I hadn't heard those two tunes (Tom Petty, Fault Lines and this) back-to-back I don't think I would have noticed the similarity. 
 clickfaster wrote:
Susanna Hoffs!  mmmmmmm :-)

Susanna Hoffs

 
the only reason they got a record contract right there.
Fun!
 bseib wrote:
Interesting segue from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Fault Lines — this has the same underlying drive...  

 
Guess I wasn't the only one thinking that....
Interesting segue from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Fault Lines -- this has the same underlying drive...  
Susanna Hoffs!  mmmmmmm :-)

Susanna Hoffs
No. Not for camp/novelty value.  Just no.
 Cynaera wrote:

But he's made it his own, so the color schemes and accents are lovely. All the furniture can be easily moved to the walls to make space for dancing. {#Daisy}
 
Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...  we be dancing... 
 bentonian wrote:
You know what song they sing at the NSA?

Walk Like an Encryption!
 
That's awful! {#Lol}
Oh, no! Sounds like FM radio. Make it stop.


 zenhead wrote:
great segue from "history repeating." good on you, bill!
 

Just plain fun to hear.

Silly at the highest level.
I prefer the Puppini Sister's version overall, find it a bit spicier in tone, but this was fun to hear this morning!
 mandolin wrote:


...you never leave that room, do you?..
 
But he's made it his own, so the color schemes and accents are lovely. All the furniture can be easily moved to the walls to make space for dancing. {#Daisy}
Man those eyes!!  Susanna had the sexist eyes in this video!  
 romeotuma wrote:
Everybody in my hotel room be dancing right now...  love it...
 

...you never leave that room, do you?..
 givendale wrote:
We rate it a 9.  Just danced around lounge room with a 2 year old and taught her to blow kisses like an Egyptian {#Dancingbanana}
 

Love it- 9 for me + .5 for the hair styles...
You know what song they sing at the NSA?

Walk Like an Encryption!
Friday beer drinking music!!! Love it...

great segue from "history repeating." good on you, bill!
We rate it a 9.  Just danced around lounge room with a 2 year old and taught her to blow kisses like an Egyptian {#Dancingbanana}
I like toilets, but it's a personal preference.

 cosmiclint wrote:

Well where the fuck else would you expect to throw up in?
 

I have a version of this song with just bongos and voices.  They do an amazing job of it, too - I actually prefer it to this version.

"Walk like an addiction....."  {#Mrgreen}
Wow!  Lots of haters out there.  A fun song-gets me singing along every time I hear it.
 rickhoran wrote:
i think i just threw up in my mouth.
 
Well where the fuck else would you expect to throw up in?

Love it!  Go ahead and play "Eternal Flame".  {#Yes}
Wow, did not see this coming.  Forgot to duck.  Oh well, I guess this could be described as one of my guilty pleasures.
Unexpected.  Fun to hear.
 bindi wrote:
Rock stars just don't get any cuter than Sussana Hoffs was on this video - with that little girl voice - and those big lashes.

ohhhhhh. . . . .         {#Dancingbanana}
 

oh yeah ! Love it when she rolls her eyes from side to side in the video. Such a fun song. nothing wrong with a fun song now and then......
 floydcaveman wrote:
My favorite stupid song!
 
Agreed. Right up there with Tarzan Boy by Baltimora. Two stupid '80's pop songs that get me singing along every time.

My favorite stupid song!
i think i just threw up in my mouth.
 rabbi_phil wrote:
Man o' man. I'm flexible, but seriously?!

 

Agree 100%...couldn't have said it better.
What a classic. Talk about fun childhood memories.
 Rickvee wrote:
This is a bad tune. If you are going to play The Bangles, play "Going Down To Liverpool", "Dover Beach", or "Hero Takes A Fall" - great tunes from their 1st album. They turned ultra-cheesy after that unfortunately.
 
Different Light is anything but cheesy, but I agree with your, perhaps inadvertent, larger point: this was a great band that flamed out after two terrific albums and a good third. I'm saddened that one novelty song seems to be their legacy.

First they played Blue Oyster Cult,
and I didn't speak because I Don't Fear the Reaper.

Then they played Nude by Talking Heads,
and I didn't speak because I get Nude sometimes.

Then they played Walk Like an Egyptian,
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

(apologies to Martin Niemöller)
Rock stars just don't get any cuter than Sussana Hoffs was on this video - with that little girl voice - and those big lashes.

ohhhhhh. . . . .         {#Dancingbanana}
Spooky !  When I wasn't listening to the Stones, etc., when I was a freshman, I listened to these girls!   {#Notworthy}
Man o' man. I'm flexible, but seriously?!