Bow Wow Wow

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Intro

An English 1980s New Wave band, created by Malcolm McLaren to promote his and business partner Vivienne Westwood's New Romantic fashion lines. The group's music has been described as having an "African-derived drum sound".

Info

In 1980, McLaren persuaded guitarist Matthew Ashman, drummer David Barbarossa (also known as Dave Barbe) and bassist Leigh Gorman all then members of Adam and the Ants, to leave the founder of the band, Adam Ant, and form a new group. After a six-month audition process for a lead singer, the band enlisted Annabella Lwin.

Musician David Fishel, an acquaintance of McLaren's, discovered 14-year-old Lwin while she was working a Saturday job at her local dry cleaners.

The group's sound was a mix of her "girlish squeal," chants, surf instrumentals, pop melodies and Barbarossa's Burundi ritual music-influenced tom-tom drum beats.

They released their debut single, "C·30 C·60 C·90 Go", in July 1980 on record label EMI, originally solely as a cassette single and then also as a 7". A cassette-only album, Your Cassette Pet, followed in November.

In 1981, after splitting with EMI after a dispute, Bow Wow Wow signed with new A&R head Bill Kimber at RCA Records, where they had their first UK top 10 hit with "Go Wild in the Country" in early 1982.

The band's biggest US hit was "I Want Candy", produced by Kenny Laguna, (originally a 1965 hit by The Strangeloves) which was featured in an early music video on MTV. Bow Wow Wow's recording of "I Want Candy" also appeared in film soundtracks and media and advertising events such as the 2005 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Their most notorious recording was "Sexy Eiffel Tower," with excitedly heavy breathing and moans; this was a song that went far beyond the slightly later Cyndi Lauper hit "She Bop", about the subject matter of female masturbation.

By 1983, the group had released three full-length albums, and were due to embark on a world tour, but tensions in the group were rising, as the members were suffering from illness and exhaustion after intense US touring. After a rest, the band ousted Lwin to form a new group, Chiefs of Relief, with guitarist Ashman as its lead singer.

Discography

Albums List

1) Your Cassette Pet (EMI) – cassette only (1980)

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2) See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy! (RCA) (1981)

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3) When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going (RCA) (1983)

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EPs List

1) 1982 – The Last of the Mohicans (RCA)

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2) 1982 – Teenage Queen (RCA)

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3) 2007 – I Want Candy (Cleopatra)

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Singles List

  1. July 1980 – "C·30 C·60 C·90 Go" (EMI)
  2. March 1981 – "W.O.R.K. (N.O. Nah, No No My Daddy Don't)" (EMI)
  3. July 1981 – "Prince of Darkness" (RCA)
  4. October 1981 – "Chihuahua" (RCA)
  5. January 1982 – "Go Wild in the Country" (RCA)
  6. April 1982 – "See Jungle! (Jungle Boy)" (RCA)
  7. May 1982 – "I Want Candy" (RCA)
  8. July 1982 – "Louis Quatorze" (RCA)
  9. September 1982 – "Fools Rush In" (EMI)
  10. February 1983 – "Do You Wanna Hold Me?" (RCA)
  11. July 1983 – "The Man Mountain" (RCA)

Members Name Check

  • Chloe Demetria - vocals (2013-present)
  • Leigh Gorman – bass (1980–1983, 1997–1998, 2003–present)
  • Zachary Throne – guitar (2014–present)
  • Les Warner – drums (2014–present)
  • Annabella Lwin – vocals (1980–1983, 1997–1998, 2003–2013)
  • Matthew Ashman – guitar (1980–1983; died 1995)
  • David Barbarossa – drums (1980–1983)
  • Dave Calhoun – guitar (1997–1998)
  • Eshan Khadaroo – drums (1997–1998)
  • Phil Gough – guitar (2003–2011)
  • Adrian Young – drums (2003–2005)
  • Devin Beaman – drums (2005–2011)
  • Jimmy Magoon – guitar (2011–2012)
  • Dylan Thomas – drums (2011–2012)
  • Matthew Fuller – guitar (2012–2014)
  • Shaun Winchester – drums (2012–2014)

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