Showing posts with label Bow wow wow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bow wow wow. Show all posts

Monday, 16 April 2018

C30 C60 C90 go - Bow wow wow

This is the debut single of Bow wow wow, released in July 1980. Initially it was only released as a cassette single (the world's first ever cassette single, in fact), but a few weeks later this single appeared. With a black label and the lyrics of the song on the sleeve it was an attractive design but pretty anonymous.Who were these people?

The band was put together by Malcolm McLaren, after persuading Matthew Ashman, David Barbarossa and Leigh Gorman to leave Adam & the Ants. 13-year-old Annabella Lwin was recruited as the band's singer. The band's debut single reached number 34 in the UK singles chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 5899
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, April 14, 2018
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'C30 C60 C90 go' / 'Sun sea and piracy'

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Go wild in the country - Bow wow wow

Bow wow wow's manager Malcolm McLaren found himself in a bit of a pickle when the mother of frontwoman Annabella Lwin sued him for exploitation of a minor. Part of the controversy was caused by the photograph on this sleeve, Bow wow wow's take on Manet's painting 'Le déjeuner sur l'herbe', which was taken when Lwin was only 15 years old...

'Go wild in the country' was released in January 1982 and became Bow wow wow's first top 10 hit in the UK, peaking at number 7.

My collection: 7" single no. 4329
Found: Chelsea Records, Antwerpen, December 1, 2009
Cost: 2 euro
Tracks: 'Go wild in the country' / 'El boss dicho'

Monday, 22 December 2008

The man mountain - Bow wow wow

After the split of Bow wow wow was announced, RCA still released another single from their album 'When the going gets tough the tough get going'. The brooding ballad 'The man mountain' was as untypical for a punk band as it can be: it was melodious and slow. It was actually the first Bow wow wow single I ever bought, because the track really appealed to me.

My collection: 7" single no. 201
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, 1983
Cost: 3,5 guilders
Tracks: 'The man mountain' / 'Aphrodisiac'

Friday, 5 December 2008

Do you wanna hold me? - Bow wow wow

Bow wow wow's biggest hit in the Netherlands, 'Do you wanna hold me?', reached number two in the charts in the summer of 1983. It was a very positive song, the rhythm and melody in this song gave it a very upbeat sound.

Even though it fared less well in the UK (only reaching number 47 there), it was the end of the band. Having become mainstream, the only option for a punk band was to break up. Tensions in the group were rising. Suffering from illness and exhaustion after touring the USA intensively, they went their separate ways.

My collection: 7" single no. 1578
Found: All that music, Leiden, January 25, 1993
Cost: 5 guilders
Tracks: 'Do you wanna hold me?' / 'What's the time (Hey Buddy)'
Download: Album 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going', including both tracks

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

I want candy - Bow wow wow

'I want candy' was originally recorded by the Strangeloves in 1965. The punk band Bowwowwow recorded their cover version of this song in 1982, at the height of their success.

Originally, this was the first single by Bow wow wow I owned, but within weeks of buying it I started to doubt whether I really wanted to have it or not. Making use of this situation, my sister eventually traded the single for another one. Fourteen years later, I bought a new copy of this single in England. It turned out to be a 'special edition', featuring 'I want candy' on the A-side and the Bow wow wow logo etched on the other side of the disc.

My collection: 7" single no. 2778
Found: Record exchange, London, October 31, 1996
Cost: 1 pound
Tracks: 'I want candy'
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