Bow Wow Wow: Where Are They Now?

Bow+Wow+Wow+Bow_Wow_WowThis week at Slacker we’re celebrating all things 80’s & New Wave while our Slacker countdown, the 101 Greatest New Wave Songs cranks in the background. What can we say, we’re New Wave fans! Some folks here would even argue it was the greatest period ever in the storied history of Rock music. The hair, the synthesizers, the androgynous edge, the elevation of punk ethos and pop excess straight into outer space- what’s not to love?!

So in the spirit of celebration, we’re taking a rewind/fast forward look at some stand out New Wave artists to get a sense of what exactly they’ve been up to since their New Wave peak and where they are now. Today– Bow Wow Wow!

I imagine this to be what happens at every marketing meeting on earth- a brand or product is conceived, market research is studied, the “Four P’s” are discussed… and then you hire a 13 year old Anglo-Burmese girl you found working at a laundry mat and build a band around her to really sell it. Right?

Worked for Bow Wow Wow, the British New Wave band created in 1980 by Malcolm McLaren to promote his and Vivienne Westwood’s New Romantic fashion line. In fact, McLaren’s pitch was so persuasive, he managed to poach guitarist Matthew Ashman, bassist Leigh Gorman and drummer David Barbarossa away from Adam And The Ants, (leaving poor Adam in a lurch to find new bugs). Once McLaren landed a lead singer in the form of 13-year-old Annabella Lwin, the master plan was complete!

However the band quickly found themselves at the center of controversies related to their album artwork and the content of some of their singles. The band was only allowed to tour outside of the UK once McLaren had assured British authorities he wouldn’t promote Lwin as a “Sex Kitten” as a result of the album cover for See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy, and EMI famously refused to promote their single “C-30 C-60 C-90 Go” because it allegedly promoted home taping as the Side B of the release was blank. Totally reasonable.

In fact, the band’s biggest hit, “I Want Candy” was the only single released from their EP The Last Of The Mohicans and barely scrapped the Top 50 at the time, but has since become an enduring New Wave classic.

Fast forward to 2014 and you’ll find Bow Wow Wow has since gathered a roster of interesting admirers including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Sofia Coppola, (who says she drew inspiration from Annabella Lwin as she crafted the style of her film Marie Antoinette), and the band Pretty Girls Make Graves, who covered “C-30 C-60 C-90 Go”. There are also two iterations of Bow Wow Wow playing today- one fronted by Annabella Lwin and the other under the guidance of bassist Leigh Gorman.

So what’s the lesson here? If you’ve got a got a New Romantic fashion line you’d like to launch- go build a band to sell it. You’ll make waves and be remembered. And puffy shirts the world over will rejoice.

Need some additional 80’s eye candy to jog the ‘ol memory? Here ya go, just remember to put Slacker’s, 101 Greatest New Wave Songs on in the background to round out the whole thing!

1. A Light In The Attic

 

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2. Married With Children

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3. Pillow People

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4. Teddy Ruxpin

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5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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6. Donkey Kong

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7. Jellies

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8. Bill & Ted

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9. Slouch Socks

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10. Punky Brewster

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11. Skip-It

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12. Jem

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13. He-Man & She-Ra

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14. Team Cyndi or Team Madonna

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15. Lisa Frank

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16. Cabbage Patch Kids

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Dead Or Alive: Where Are They Now?

DeadOrAliveThis week at Slacker we’re celebrating all things 80’s & New Wave while our Slacker countdown, the 101 Greatest New Wave Songs cranks in the background. What can we say, we’re New Wave fans! Some folks here would even argue it was the greatest period ever in the storied history of Rock music. The hair, the synthesizers, the androgynous edge, the elevation of punk ethos and pop excess straight into outer space- what’s not to love?!

So in the spirit of celebration, we’re taking a rewind/fast forward look at some stand out New Wave artists to get a sense of what exactly they’ve been up to since their New Wave peak and where they are now. Today– Dead Or Alive!

Holy moly let’s just get this part out of the way- Pete Burns, founder and lead singer of British New Wave band Dead Or Alive, looks pretty wild. Pretty much always has.

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Burns is often considered the poster child of New Wave androgyny and has pushed the boundaries of style, sex and art throughout his career. In fact, Dead or Alive was the product of two previous bands founded by Burns; The Mystery Girls and Nightmares In Wax, which both positioned Burns’ appearance as the primary “Wow Factor” it seems. Rumor has it the catalyst for Burns deciding to morph Nightmares In Wax into Dead Or Alive was pressure from local British music promoters to really “commit” to his outrageous appearance. Thanks British music promoters.

The result was a band that found loads of success on the British charts in the 1980’s- seven Top 40 UK singles and three Top 30 UK albums. Their biggest hit, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” went to #1 on the UK singles chart, #1 in Canada and crossed the pond to peak at #11 in the US, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. What followed was a string of additional singles and albums that flirted with success on the charts, but drove the band further into controversy- videos banned from MTV, retailers complaining about album covers and gothic/horror movie overtones seeping into the mix.

So fast forward- Dead Or Alive never really broke up, but was pared down to Pete Burns and drummer Steve Coy throughout most of the 2000’s and the band continued to release albums comprised of new material, remixes and covers. Pete Burns also managed to solidify himself as a fixture of British reality television, appearing in Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wife Swap & Pete’s PA as well as several TV specials where he recounted his experiences with plastic surgery and of course… he had his arm twisted into performing “You Spin Me Round” on just about all of them.

We’re glad Pete Burns is still with us and we’re glad Dead Or Alive happened; besides the fact that we love the music, he sure makes the folks chasing youth and vanity in Hollywood look like a bunch of cowards!

Need some additional 80’s eye candy to jog the ‘ol memory? Here ya go, just remember to put Slacker’s, 101 Greatest New Wave Songs on in the background to round out the whole thing!

1. Ecto Cooler

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2. Glo Worm

 

 

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3. Tee-Shirt Clips

 

 

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4. Super Mario Bros.

 

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5. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

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6. Pogo Ball

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7. Gremlins

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8. Reebok Pumps

 

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9. Belle And Sebastian

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10. Double Dare

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11. Giggles

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12. Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego

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13. Bubble Necklaces

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14. Alf

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15. Small Wonder

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16. A Balanced Breakfast

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A Flock Of Seagulls: Where Are They Now?

A-Flock-of-Seagulls-2069522This week at Slacker we’re celebrating all things 80’s & New Wave while our Slacker countdown, the 101 Greatest New Wave Songs cranks in the background. What can we say, we’re New Wave fans! Some folks here would even argue it was the greatest period ever in the storied history of Rock music. The hair, the synthesizers, the androgynous edge, the elevation of punk ethos and pop excess straight into outer space- what’s not to love?!

So in the spirit of celebration, we’re taking a rewind/fast forward look at some stand out New Wave artists to get a sense of what exactly they’ve been up to since their New Wave peak and where they are now. Today – A Flock Of Seagulls!

It’s hard not to immediately give a nod to THE standout New Wave haircut from the era – Mike Score’s gravity defying “Flock Of Seagulls Hairdo“, (some speculate the hairdo to be the true author of their single biggest hit “I Ran So Far Away“). The hairdo was intended to resemble an actual seagull and must’ve had only enough juice to fuel their self-titled hit first record, A Flock Of Seagulls – a concept album about the alien invasion of earth, with tracks about an alien abduction following a sequential story line. Sadly, subsequent albums like Listen and The Story Of A Young Heart failed to stir listeners or the charts and the band broke up soon after.

So fast forward- in 2002 their hit single “I Ran So Far Away” was featured in the hit video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice Citythe band played their final show with the original lineup in 2003 for  VH1’s “Bands Reunited” and as of 2013, Mike Score was continuing to play shows under the “A Flock Of Seagulls” banner, but as the only original member in the group. Whether a fan or a critic, it’s hard to classify the legacy of “A Flock Of Seagulls”-  are they relegated to being remembered as a joke band? Were they New Wave pioneers? Do modern listeners only grant them ironic appreciation?

Who cares?! We’re just glad A Flock Of Seagulls is a part of the New Wave story, because the story wouldn’t be the same without them. Oh yeah… and Mike Score is now bald. So there’s that.

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Need some additional 80’s eye candy to jog the ‘ol memory? Here ya go, just remember to put Slacker’s, 101 Greatest New Wave Songs on in the background to round out the whole thing!

1. Trapper Keepers

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2. Debbie Gibson – Electric Youth

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3. Pac-Man

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4. Pizzarias

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5. My Two Dads

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6. D.A.R.E.

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7. Slice

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8. Back To The Future

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9. Fraggle Rock

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10. Reebok Freestyle

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11. Labyrinth/The Dark Crystal/Return to OZ

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12. Sam the Olympic Eagle

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13. Dot Matrix Printer paper

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14. Slap bracelets

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15. Betamax vs. VHS

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16. Garbage Pail Kids

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Grammy’s A – Z!

GRAMMY A-ZSlacker serves up a sweeping retrospective of the biggest hits and misses in the history of the Grammy Awards–in alphabetical order! Join your hostess Red, as she recounts Grammy record-breakers from Adele to Kanye to Sinatra, with a barrage of Grammy trivia lining up with each letter of the alphabet. It’s the Grammy A-Z; something that could only happen on Slacker.

P!NK Top 33!

PINK 33Pink has become one of the biggest names in music by doing things her way. The uncompromising singer was named the #1 pop musician of the first decade of the 2000s by Billboard magazine. This week she releases her new “Truth About Love Tour” DVD, and in celebration Slacker has put together a station counting down your favorite Pink songs using our Engagement Quotient. Get the party started with the Pink Top 33!

Grammy Awards 2014!

GRAMMY 2014Hello and welcome to Slacker’s Grammys 2014! On this station Slacker celebrates the 56th annual Grammy Awards with a collection of this year’s major nominees from Daft Punk to Black Sabbath, as well as highly anticipated performers like Metallica and Eurythmics. It’s your home for all things Grammy, and you can listen here- it’s Slacker’s Grammys 2014.

Album Of The Week: Springsteen’s ‘High Hopes’

IOS BRUCEThere’s no one quite like the Boss. Bruce Springsteen has sold over 120 million albums worldwide and shows no signs of slowing down. His last album, 2012’s “Wrecking Ball,” was nominated for three Grammys, and now the Boss is back. His 18th studio album “High Hopes” comes out this week, it’s a collection of covers, outtakes and reworked versions of older songs. Listen all you want to “High Hopes” from Bruce Springsteen; it’s Slacker’s Album of the Week.

For a complete list of new releases check out the chart below for the week of 01/14/14.

Artist Album Title Genre
A Perfect Circle Stone & Echo: Live at Red Rocks Pop/Rock
AC Angry Black Denim Pop/Rock
Allah-Las Had It All Pop/Rock
Ariana & the Rose In Your Bed [Kevin Drew Remix] Pop/Rock
Audacity Power Drowning/ Mellow Cruisers Pop/Rock
Bad Religion / Beatsteaks / Emil Bulls / Thees Uhlmann RauteMusik.Rock, Vol. 1 Pop/Rock
Bastille All This Bad Blood Pop/Rock
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings South Pop/Rock
Blaine L. Reininger Commissions Pop/Rock
Bobb Trimble The Flying Spiders in Brooklyn Pop/Rock
Broncho Try Me Out Sometime Pop/Rock
Broods Bridges Pop/Rock
Chico Sonido Nalga Bass Pop/Rock
Chris Wallace Hits Like a Hurricane Pop/Rock
Chris Wilson It's Flamin' Groovy! Pop/Rock
Cocoanut Groove How to Build a Maze Pop/Rock
Dave Edmunds ...Again Pop/Rock
David Gunn Krom Monster Pop/Rock
Deals Death Point Zero Solution Pop/Rock
Destin Mirage (L'Amour Sur La Plage) Pop/Rock
Die Therapeuten Karamba Karacho Pop/Rock
Dirty Dreams / No Regrets, Coyote / O.G.G. / Weekend Babes Hits from the Streets, Vol. 1 Pop/Rock
Enjoy Mist Pop/Rock
Eros Ramazzotti Antes De Ti Pop/Rock
Fm359 Truth, Love and Liberty Pop/Rock
Gabriella Fighter Pop/Rock
Glossectomy Impediments From Dysplasia Pop/Rock
Golden Youth Quiet Frame Wild Light Pop/Rock
Gorevent Abnormal Exaggeration Pop/Rock
Gorevent Worship Paganism Pop/Rock
Hamilton Bohannon Gittin Off [Remastered] Pop/Rock
Harm Wulf There's Honey in the Soil So We Wait for the Till Pop/Rock
HeadShy La Belle Epoque Pop/Rock
Hell:On Hunt Pop/Rock
Hott Mt I Made This Pop/Rock
Ian Moore Aerie Pop/Rock
Jerry Lee Lewis Up Through the Years: 1956-1963 Pop/Rock
Joan Baez Oh Freedom: Live in London Pop/Rock
Judy Garland Lady on Stage Pop/Rock
Kim Herold Kaikki Okei Pop/Rock
Las Rosas Flower in the Sun Pop/Rock
Ludéal Paon d'Or Pop/Rock
Luna Luna Pop/Rock
Marathonmann Kein Rückzug Kein Aufgeben EP Pop/Rock
Marathonmann Holzschwert/Kein Rückzug Kein Aufgeben EP Pop/Rock
Maxime le Forestier Les Coups Pop/Rock
Milla Rumi Luulaulu Pop/Rock
Mina Best Of Pop/Rock
Mindless Self Indulgence Fuck Machine! Pop/Rock
Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel Nico and Her Psychedelic Subconsciousness Pop/Rock
Myocardial Infarction Revitalization of the Perniciousness Pop/Rock
Neck Deep A History of Bad Decisions Pop/Rock
Neck Deep Rain in July Pop/Rock
Nick Waterhouse This is a Game Pop/Rock
Nicole Sabouné Must Exist Pop/Rock
Nicole Sabouné Must Exist Pop/Rock
NightBus When The Night Time Comes Pop/Rock
Obvious Duress Pop/Rock
Outrageous Cherry Retrospective 1993-2010 Pop/Rock
Patrick Hawes Angel Pop/Rock
Pizza Time Quiero Mas Pop/Rock
Puzzle About You Pop/Rock
Rock Mafia I Am Pop/Rock
Selena Gomez Forever Pop/Rock
Skull Fist Chasing The Dream Pop/Rock
Sneakpeek Sneakpeek Pop/Rock
Suicidal Angels Divide And Conquer Pop/Rock
Sully Erna Avalon Live Pop/Rock
Sun Glitters Scattered into Light Pop/Rock
Sweet Hits Pop/Rock
Switchfoot Fading West Pop/Rock
Taxa Resurrection Year Pop/Rock
The Abigails Songs of Love and Despair/Tundra Pop/Rock
The Beginner's Mynd The Beginner's Mynd Pop/Rock
The Belle Brigade Ashes Pop/Rock
The Haunted Eye of the Storm Pop/Rock
The Niro 1969 Pop/Rock
The So So Glos Low Back Chain Shift Pop/Rock
Thee Goochi Boiz Fast Food For The Teenage Soul Pop/Rock
Tom the Lion Sleep Pop/Rock
Veronica De Simone Nuvole Che Passano Pop/Rock
We All Die (Laughing) Thoughtscanning Pop/Rock
Yo La Tengo Tree Pop/Rock
ZX81 Minyak Pop/Rock

Artist Album Title Genre
Adam Eckersley Band Give Her the World Country
Eric Church Give Me Back My Hometown Country
Glen Campbell Love & Life Country
Jennifer Nettles That Girl Country
Jon Pardi Write You a Song Country
Livy Jeanne Wrong Side of the Dirt Country
Mary Chapin Carpenter Songs from the Movie Country
The McClymonts Going Under (Didn't Have To) Country
Various Artists Legendary Country Blues Guitarists Country
Willie Nelson / Leon Russell Early Days Country

Artist Album Title Genre
Barbara Acklin I Did It [Remastered] R&B
Blush Ain't Nobody Got Time For That R&B
Eddie Murphy Temporary R&B
Jackie Wilson This Love Is Real [Remastered] R&B
James Brown 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of James Brown R&B
Nicole Willis Be It R&B
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Give the People What They Want R&B
Stevie Wonder The Definitive Collection R&B
The Artistics What Happened [Remastered] R&B
Touch Energizer [Remastered] R&B
Tyrone Davis Without You in My Life [Remastered] R&B
Young-Holt Unlimited Just a Melody [Remastered] R&B
360 Impossible Rap
3BallMTY La Noche Es Tuya Rap
Black Knights Medieval Chamber [Bonus Track] Rap
Death Grips Government Plates Rap
Naturally 7 Hidden In Plain Sight Rap
Public Enemy Rebels Without a Pause: Induction Celebration Rap
Various Artists Hip Hop Hooray: Old School Reunion Rap

Artist Album Title Genre
[Product] Shallow Graves EDM
Acylum / Totem Obscura Forgotten Time EDM
Android Spirit Synthetic Organism EDM
Blakopz As Nations Decay EDM
Bruderschaft Return EDM
Dada Life This Machine Kills Ravers EDM
Freakangel The Ones to Fall EDM
Henrik B Echoes EDM
Javeon Give Up EDM
John Wizards Muizenberg EDM
Junksista Bad Case of Fabulous EDM
Mario Massa / Saffronkeira Cause & Effect EDM
Moderat Last Time EDM
Nicole Willis Soul Makeover EDM
Shock Frontier Mancuerda Confessions EDM
Step by Step I Always Wanted to Be in the Band [Remastered] EDM
Tangerine Dream Thief EDM
Technoir We Fall Apart EDM
The Crystal Method The Crystal Method EDM
Virgins O.R. Pigeons Gotta Get Mad EDM

Artist Of The Week: Aaliyah!

IOS7 ALIYAHSinger Aaliyah was one of pop music’s hottest rising stars at the time of her death in a plane crash in 2001. Even at her young age, she had already managed to pave the way for R&B artists like Beyoncé and Ciara to cross over to pop success. Aaliyah would have turned 34 years old this week, and so in celebration of her life and work, Slacker has created a station with her music as well as collaborators like Missy Elliott and Timbaland, influences like Whitney Houston, and the many artists she’s inspired. Aaliyah is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

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