Mario Solis‘s Today’s Memory
Michael Steele’s birthday
Originally shared by Mario Solis
Michael Steele (born Susan Thomas Steele on June 2, 1955) is an American bassist, guitarist, songwriter, and singer. She was a member of The Bangles and The Runaways, along with other bands.
Steele played in many Los Angeles bands between 1976 and 1983, including the power-pop outfit Elton Duck (1979–80), an early version of Slow Children (1979), the improvisational band Nadia Kapiche (1981) and a brief period as bass player in avant-garde rock outfit Snakefinger. Focusing on her musical technique and frequently playing live, in this period Steele became a highly regarded bassist noted for her melodic style and rich tone, influenced by bassists such as Paul McCartney, John Entwistle, Colin Moulding and Carol Kaye.
A commercial success on its 1988 release, Everything would also be the Bangles’ final album before their 1989 breakup. In terms of Steele’s career, Everything also reflects her development as a songwriter, with her three songs, „Complicated Girl”, „Something To Believe In” and „Glitter Years” being the most she had written on an album to this point. Two further songs written for the Everything sessions did not appear on the album, with „Between The Two” eventually appearing on 2003’s Doll Revolution and „Happy Man Today”, played live on the band’s summer 1987 tour, remaining unreleased. In addition to her usual bass credits, Steele is also credited with several guitar parts, euphemistcally referred to in the album liner notes as „occasional guitar”. Although none of Steele’s songs were released as singles, they were seen by several critics upon Everything’s release as among the album’s best tracks. A particularly emphatic example is that of the Chicago Sun-Times, stating that her songs provide „most of the album’s highlights”, combining sophistication and accessibility.