Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Musical Interlude: Do You Wanna Hold Me? (1983)

The key to Bow Wow Wow's appeal in the US laid with teenage singer Annabella Lwin, who was just 14 when producer Malcolm McLaren hired her to sing with the band, which otherwise was formed after McLaren persuaded 3 members of Adam & The Ants to leave that band. Bassist Leigh Gorman is the only one left who is still in Bow Wow Wow today as it plays the nostalgia circuit.

In the winter of 1983, BWW released what would be its last single in the US. "Do You Wanna Hold Me?" was a commentary on American pop culture, with visual references to President Reagan, the Pink Panther, and various superheroes, including Superman, Spider-Man, & Batman & Robin (all played, I think, by the same person).

Annabella does fill out Peter Pan's costume pretty well, doesn't she?


magicdog said...

I know it was the 80s and all but that video was crap!

Like I really wanted to see British musicians eating with close ups of their ugly teeth!

I'm surprised they didn't get sued with the use of all those superhero costumes. Today Disney/Marvel and WB/DC would sue them into oblivion just because they can.

The song itself wasn't bad though.

hobbyfan said...

Back then, litigation wasn't an issue. As I recall, Superman 3 was coming out around that time.......