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Vicki Peterson

Vicki Peterson began writing songs in elementary school: "I was the kid who brought a guitar to every sleep-over in order to torture everyone with my newest creation …" She started a band with friends (and younger sister Debbi Peterson), playing power pop in high school. In 1981, Debbi and Vicki met Susanna Hoffs, and the three formed the iconic 80’s group The Bangles.

In the early 90’s, Vicki began writing songs with her good friend Susan Cowsill, the two performing as the Psycho Sisters. (In 2003, they became actual sisters when Vicki married John Cowsill, Susan’s brother and Vicki’s future Action Skulls band-mate.) In addition to performing their own material, The Psycho Sisters freelanced as celebrity back-up singers. Vicki herself provided harmonies to artists like Tom Petty, the Hoodoo Gurus, John Doe, and Belinda Carlisle. She also replaced a pregnant Charlotte Caffey as guitarist on the Go-Go’s 1994-95 reunion tour.

Vicki moved to New Orleans to be a part of the Continental Drifters, a critically acclaimed songwriters’ collective, which included old friends Peter Holsapple (dB’s) and Mark Walton (The Dream Syndicate).

The Bangles began recording and touring again in 2000. Two new albums from the band have emerged in the 21st century: 2003's Doll Revolution and Sweetheart of the Sun, released to glowing reviews in 2011.

The summer of 2014 saw the long-awaited release of Up On the Chair, Beatrice, the first—and almost mythical--full-length recording from the Psycho Sisters.

Vicki’s current musical projects include the Action Skulls, a combo formed spontaneously at a Christmas party. Skull members Bill Mumy, John Cowsill and Vicki get together whenever schedules allow; they released their debut LP (Angels Hear) in 2017, and are currently at work on an LP scheduled for release later this year.