If you’re getting married sometime soon and trying to figure out a first-dance song, allow me to suggest the transcendent power ballad “Eternal Flame,” a huge hit for the Bangles in 1988. The song is also a karaoke classic. For a new video series called Get A Room, Vulture recruited the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs to sing it in an L.A. karaoke bar recently, as members of Deafheaven and Samhain looked on. Hoffs was absolutely game, and her approach — not treating anything too seriously but still singing the song really well — was absolutely the right one. Watch the performance below.
I don’t regret many things about my wedding, but I really wish I’d thought of using “Eternal Flame.”