Bangles

Walk Like an Egyptian

Composed by Liam Sternberg

Song Review by

Brought to the band by producer David Kahne, this near-Middle Eastern pop confection is -- for better or worse -- probably the Bangles' best-known recording. Frankly, if you listen to the record, it has very little to do with the band's overall persona. A colorful portrait of the confusing 1980s pop culture landscape, its hook-laden verses and instrumental arrangement are certainly catchy, and there was no doubt that this was recorded as a single; it certainly succeeded, going Top Ten for a lengthy run in 1985. In hindsight, however, the song has aged very poorly, and it now sounds like a freak hit or novelty record, which, in fact, is precisely what it is. Friends, this is Spinal Tap.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Billboard Top Hits: 1986 1986
Various Artists
Rhino 3:24
Greatest Hits 1990 BMG / Sony Music
Greatest Hits: Videos 1990 Sony Music Distribution
Modern A Capella 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 2:47
Starbox 1993 Alex 3:25
Greatest Hits of the '80's, Vol. 3 [Arcade] 1993
Various Artists
Arcade Music 3:22
Read the Hits/Best of the 80's 1994
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:22
Let's Hear It from the Girls 1995
Various Artists
Alex 3:22
Billboard Top Hits: 1985-1989 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:24
Only in the 80's, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:21
Living in the '80s 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:22
Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection, 1986-1987 1995
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:25
Rock On 1986 1996
Various Artists
Madacy 3:24
Only Rock 'N Roll 1985-1989: #1 Radio Hits [1998] 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 3:22
Modern Rock 1986: Hang the DJ 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 3:26
25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Vol. 8 1996
Various Artists
Connoisseur
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:21
Definitive Collection 1997 Sony Music Distribution 3:23
All Over the Place/Different Light/Everything 1997 Sony Music Distribution 3:24
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Women 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 3:25
Songs You Know by Heart: Feel Good Rock 1998
Various Artists
Unison
Rock & Roll Relix: 1986-1987 1998
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 3:21
Chart Toppers: Dance Hits of the 80s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records 3:25
Sports Rock & Jams, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 3:23
Runway Hits: Music from the Catwalk 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:20
Super Hits 1998 Sony Music Distribution / Sbme Special Mkts. 3:22
Simply the Best 1998 Sony Music Distribution / Columbia 3:20
Greatest Sports Rock and Jams [Box] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:23
Sounds of the Eighties: Big 80's 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:25
Totally Awesome 80's [Razor & Tie] 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Party of the Millennium 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:19
The Greatest Hits of the '80s, Vol. 7 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:22
Hits of 1986 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:22
Best of the Bangles 1999 Sony Music Distribution 3:26
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1986 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:25
More Pure 80's 2000
Various Artists
UTV 3:25
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:25
Number One 80's 2000
Various Artists
PolyGram 3:19
48 Nr. 1 Hits 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music
Radio's #1 Hits: The Very Best of the '80s 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:21
Modern Rock: Dance 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:24
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:25
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment 3:22
Then: 1986-1987 2002
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 3:21
Hit Me With Your 80's Box 2002
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:23
The 80's, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 3:19
Everything 80's 2002
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:24
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:23
Different Light/Everything 2002 Sony Music Distribution 3:24
Manic Monday 2002 Sony Music Distribution 3:21
Eighties Complete, Vol. 2 [Box] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:22
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Columbia
The  Collection 2003 Columbia / Sony Music 3:24
No Image 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:13
The Essential Bangles 2004 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:24
Then: Totally Oldies '80s Again, Vol. 7 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 3:23
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 80s #1 Pop Hits 2004
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:24
Best of the 80's, Vol. 3 2004
Various Artists
Atracao
September Gurls [2002] 2004 Sony Music Distribution 3:22
Pop Goes the 80's 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:25
Glitter Years: Rarities & Gems 2005 BMG Special Products / Sony BMG 5:50
80's #1 Hits [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:25
We Are the '80s 2006 BMG / Columbia / Sony Music Entertainment 3:25
Let's Hear It for the Girls 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:21
Fantastic 80's: Extended 2006
Various Artists
BMG International 5:50
Greatest Ever!: Eighties [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
All #1 Hits '80s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:25
Superstar of the 80s 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:25
School Reunion Party 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
100 Hits: 80s 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group 3:23
Monster Party [KRB] 2007
Various Artists
KRB Music 3:24
Club 80s [Universal] 2007
Various Artists
UMVD 3:17
Return to Bangleonia: Live in Concert 2007 Shout! Factory
Forever Pop 80er 2007
Various Artists
Ar-Express / Sony BMG 3:21
Babski Wieczór 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:20
No. 1 80s Pop Album 2007
Various Artists
Music Club Deluxe 3:28
Greatest Ever School Days 2007
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music 3:23
Manic Monday: The Best of the Bangles 2007 Music Club Deluxe 3:24
Now That's What I Call the 80s [3 CD] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:21
Hit Collection 2007 Sony BMG 3:20
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:20
No Image 2008 Flashback / SOI
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Farol
Top Hits of the 80s [Collectables] 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 3:26
Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Eighties 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:21
Greatest Hits [Steel Box Collection] 2008 Sony Music Distribution 3:22
Playlist: The Very Best of the Bangles 2008 BMG / Sony Music
Die Hit Giganten: Hits der 80er 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:22
Gold: Greatest Hits of the 80s 2008
Various Artists
sbc / Sony Music Entertainment 3:23
Vacanze a Portocervo 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:28
Walk Like an Egyptian: The Best of the Bangles 2009 Sony Music
The Best Year of My Life: 1986 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:23
100 Essential Tracks: 80s 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:25
Top of the Pops: Eighties Pop 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:23
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 3:22
101 Barbecue Songs 2010
Various Artists
EMI 3:21
101 Running Songs, Lap 2 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:21
No Image 2010
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:23
Greatest Ever! Pop: The Definitive Collection 2011
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:23
The Ultimate Collection: 80s School Days 2011
Various Artists
Universal 3:21
Stars 80: La Compilation 2012
Various Artists
TF1 Musique / Universal 3:24
105 Friends '80: Gli Ottantoni Di Ross & Tony 2012
Various Artists
Time 3:21
30 Stars of the '80s [US] 2013
Various Artists
SME 3:23
Running Hits: New Balance 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:23
RTL2 100 Tubes Années 80 2013
Various Artists
Wagram Records 3:24
Candy Candy: The Heyday of Bubblegum Pop 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:23
100 Hits: 80s Essentials 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:22
Party Starters 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:24
Top 40: '80s Essentials 2014
Various Artists
Crimson
The 80s: Bangles 2014 Sony Music Entertainment 3:24
Totally Awesome '80s 2015
Various Artists
Somerset 3:25
No Image 2015
Various Artists
Legacy
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2016 Back Lot Music 3:24
'80s Summer Album 2016
Various Artists
Crimson 3:24
No Image
Various Artists
Allegro / Allegro Corporation / Rolling Stone
100 Essential Tracks: Pop
Various Artists
Sony Music
100 Hits: Pure '80s
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Records / Edsel 3:25
80s Remembered
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 3:24
BRIT Awards Decades: '80s
Various Artists
Rhino 3:23
Dommelsch Bier, Vol. 3: Pop
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Girls' Night In [2011]
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:22
Greatest Ever! Eighties Pop
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Massive Hits!: Rock
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:21
Molly: Do Yourself a Favor [Original TV Soundtrack]
Original TV Soundtrack
Liberation 3:20
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music
Party Playlist: 80's
Various Artists
EMI / Somerset 3:22
No Image
Various Artists
Allegro / Allegro Corporation / Rolling Stone
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music
The World's Biggest Eighties Anthems
Various Artists
Union Square Music / Worlds Biggest 3:22
No Image
Various Artists
Milan 3:21
Ultimate... 80s
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:22
We Call It 80's: 100 Songs To Remember
Various Artists
Fresca / Smith & Co. 3:24
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