Bow Wow Wow
Bow Wow Wowwas a New Wave band which was popular in the 1980's. The band was formed by the Sex Pistols manager, Malcolm McLaren, in 1980. Their music had an African drum sound. The new group consisted of Matthew Ashman (guitarist), Leigh Gorman (bass player), and David Barbarossa (also known as Dave Barbe, percussionist). After a six month audition, Annabella Lwin as the bands singer. Annabella was only 14 years old. She was discovered in her parent’s laundry mat singing to a Stevie Wonder song. The band sang a combination of Annabella’s girlish squeal, Balinese chants, surf instrumentals, and New Romantic Pop. Their sound was melodies and ritual music. Some of the regular people at their gigs in London were Boy George and Richard Daniel Roman. The group released their first Top 10 hit in the U. K. And it was called, Go Wild In the Country. Their most popular hit was, I Want Candy. This song is played on movie soundtracks, advertising, and in the media. The song was also a hit in 1965 by The Strange Loves. It was also featured on in a music video on MTV. Their version of I Want Candy was played in the 2005 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The groups most notorious recording was, Sexy Eiffel Towers. This song included heavy breathing and moans. The group split up in 1983 because there was a lot of tension and some were suffering illnesses and exhaustion from extensive touring.
Matthew Ashman pursued his career by forming the group, Chiefs of Relief. They played with other groups such as Max, Rams, and Agent Provocateur. Ashman died from diabetes complications in 1995. Barbe went on to work with other musical projects such as Beats International, Live with Adam Ant, Republica, Chicane, and Amber Gate. He also wrote a novel called, We Were Looking Up. Gorman went on to perform and was a record producer and composer for advertising and for movies. Lwin went on to pursue a solo career.
Bow Wow Wow was reformed in 1997 by Lwin and Gorman. They went on the, Barking mad, reunion tour in 1997 and 1998. Guitarist, Dave Calhoun and drummer, Eshan Khadaroo were added to the group. They released the CD, Wild In the U. S. A. And it included a mix of their earlier hits. While the group was on the road, they wrote new songs and made plans to release another album but it never materialized. In 2003, as a part of KROQ’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, Bow Wow Wow reformed again and appeared on stage. They also toured again through 2006.The band released a total of 6 albums and 12 singles during their career together.
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