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
A Different Light 1986 Columbia 3:24
Billboard Top Hits: 1986 1986
Various Artists
Rhino 3:24
Greatest Hits 1990 Columbia 3:24
Greatest Hits: Videos 1990 Sony Music Distribution
80's Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 2: Leather & Lace 1992
Various Artists
Priority Records 3:24
Modern A Capella 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 2:47
Starbox 1993 3:25
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
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 Distribution / 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
All Over the Place/Different Light/Everything 1997 Sony Music Distribution 3:24
Hard Rock Cafe: New Wave 1997
Various Artists
Rhino
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: 1980-1989 1998
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 3:21
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
Super Hits 1998 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 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
Party of the Millennium 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:23
Monster 86 Hits 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:22
Monster Hits 86-88 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:22
1980's New Wave 1999
Various Artists
Compass 3:24
Eighties Complete [CD4] 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:22
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
Radio's #1 Hits: The Very Best of the '80s 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:21
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:24
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
Sony Music Distribution 3:23
A Year in Your Life: 1986, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:21
Eternal Flame: The Best of the Bangles 2001 Columbia 3:25
Monster '86-'87 Hits 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment 3:22
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
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
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
MC Mario Presents: 80's Rewind 2004 Sony Music Distribution 4:36
September Gurls [2002] 2004 Sony Music Distribution 3:22
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 Columbia / Legacy 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
All #1 Hits '80s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:25
100 Hits: 80s 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group 3:23
Monster Party [KRB] 2007
Various Artists
KRB Music 3:24
No. 1 80s Pop Album 2007
Various Artists
Music Club Deluxe 3:28
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
Top Hits of the 80s [Collectables] 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 3:26
100% 80's 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:18
100 Essential Tracks: 80s 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:25
101 Barbecue Songs 2010
Various Artists
EMI 3:21
101 Running Songs, Lap 2 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:21
RTL2 100 Tubes Années 80 2013
Various Artists
Wagram Records 3:24
The 80s: Bangles 2014 Sony Music Entertainment 3:24
Massive Hits!: Rock
Various Artists
EMI Gold 3:21
Molly: Do Yourself a Favor [Original TV Soundtrack]
Original TV Soundtrack
Liberation 3:20
Party Playlist: 80's
Various Artists
EMI / Somerset 3:22