Eternal Flame

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! It’s starting to get a little cold out there… so today I’m tuning it back to “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles to keep us warm.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: February 17, 1989

TRIVIA: The song was inspired by two eternal flames: one at the gravesite of Elvis Presley that the Bangles saw when the band visited Graceland, and one at a local synagogue in Palm Springs which co-writer Billy Steinberg attended as a child. Steinberg recalled to Songfacts: “Susanna was talking about the Bangles having visited Graceland, and she said there was some type of shrine to Elvis that included some kind of eternal flame. As soon as those words were mentioned, I immediately thought of the synagogue in the town of Palm Springs, California where I grew up. I remember during our Sunday school class they would walk us through the sanctuary. There was one little red light and they told us it was called the eternal flame.”

In the BBC programme I’m In a Girl Group, Susanna Hoffs revealed she actually sang the studio recording of the song completely naked due to the producer Davitt Sigerson pranking her by telling her Olivia Newton John had done the same thing but he later told Hoffs he had been lying the whole time.

BONUS VIDEO: Check out the wonderful Kristin Chenoweth singing “Eternal Flame” in the cancelled-too-soon show Pushing Daisies.

See you next Tuesday!!


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