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Bangles Bassist Derrick Anderson Jangles His Way Through ‘When I Was Your Man': Exclusive Video Premiere

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For the past nine years, Derrick Anderson has been playing bass with the Bangles. Now, he’s taking a busman’s holiday, recruiting Debbi and Vicki Peterson from that group, along with Kim Shattuck of the Muffs, on a song of his own called “When I Was Your Man.” Diffuser is proud to be premiering the song’s video, which can be streamed above.

“Not only did Debbi, Vicki, Kim and I have a blast recording the tune in the studio,” Anderson, who has a 20-year history in the Los Angeles power pop scene, tells us, “doing the video was a hoot as well, and I’d say it shows! I’ve known Dan Matovina (director) for years as an engineer/producer and he pitched me on the video idea. We put our heads together and we couldn’t ask for a better result! Dan brought in David Williams to shoot and edit and we got John Calacci (Bangles manager) and Joe Stella (Bangles sound man) involved in the production, so it turned out to be a nice family affair. We did the shoot in under four hours so it was a bit down & dirty, but it all came together quite nicely indeed.”

Full of jangly guitars, wordless background vocals and handclaps, the summer-y “When I Was Your Man,” appears on Anderson’s solo debut, A World of My Own, which was released back in April. In addition to the two Bangles and Shattuck, it boasts guest appearances from a who’s-who of power pop stars. “Send Me Down A Sign” and “Waiting For You” feature the Smithereens, Matthew Sweet plays guitar on “Happiness” and there’s a reunion of the Andersons!, the power-pop supergroup he fronted in the late-’90s-to-early-’00s. The album, which has a bonus track of the Beatles‘ “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” was produced by Ed Stasium, known for his work with the Ramones, the Smithereens, Talking Heads and Living Colour.

“I have to say, it’s a beautiful thing to have such talented friends orbiting in my musical universe that I could call on once I started making this album,” Anderson said. “It was a long time coming, waiting for folks to ‘turn in their homework’ as it were, but I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Vicki Peterson listened to the record in its entirety and called it ‘timeless’ which was such a fantastic compliment, especially coming from her!”

Learn more about A World of My Own at Omnivore Recordings.

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