I have known the Bangles' Susanna Hoffs — aka Sue Hots — for round about 23 years. I can honestly say that she is as lovely inside and out as you would hope her to be, moving through the world with humility and kindness as her guides. She's sort of the anti-rock star rock star, if that makes sense. And this is after selling millions of records and topping pop charts around the world.
Bangles aside, Susanna has taken a couple of stabs at solo albums over the years (1991's When You're a Boy and 1996's Susanna Hoffs), but it wasn't until her latest set, Someday, debuted back in July that she truly found her voice in that realm. It's a lush homage to the '60s pop sound that brought us Petula Clark, Lulu, and Dusty Springfield.
With the first video from the album, though, Hoffs puts a thoroughly modern spin on things by offering an inclusive snapshot of love across a spectrum of three couples — one of which just happens to be lesbian. And she did so without making a big deal about it because, as she puts it, “love is love.”
As the “Picture Me” video's message of love makes its way into the world, I talked to Susanna about the project and a few other things that she doesn't often get to talk about.
Vp: You've been dubbed the 'Hottest Frontwoman in Rock' and the 'Queen of MILFs' by various websites. What do you have to say about that?
SH: Oh, man. I don't know what I have to say about that. Let me start by saying that I'm extremely flattered. I never see myself the way other people see me. I always have this moment right before I walk out on stage when I wonder, “How did I get here?” It still strikes me as surreal. The excitement of performing has remained a consistent and fresh feeling. But, to be honest, I've never felt completely comfortable with the aspect of show business that involves red carpets and that sort of thing. That's the shy side of my personality in conflict with the performer in me.
It has always been much easier for me to sing in front of people than to talk. My friends and family know me as someone