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Album Review

One would not often recommend putting a selection of remixes and live songs on the same album, but Bow Wow Wow soldiers forth with that concept for Wild in the U.S.A.. The remixes lead the pack with six alternate versions. Their biggest song, "I Want Candy" (featured in the "Girl Eats Boy" remix), is given a totally deconstructed mix that works well. "C30 C60 C90 Go!" features a totally funked-up take by Kevin Haskins of Love and Rockets, and Wayne Hussey of the Mission UK uses his trademark guitar sound for the remix of "W.O.R.K." Much of the drumming that was so predominant in the original versions is buried in these versions. While the remixes in no way stand up to the originals, they do create a fun, mixed-up romp. The live portion was culled from their 1997-1998 American tour and features an eclectic selection from their repertoire, including everything from the rare "Giant Sized Baby Thing" to the popular "Go Wild in the Country." The band shows a tremendous amount of energy, but Annabella Lwin's vocals come across weakly, and she often seems out of breath. These live shows would have been better experienced first hand. Many of the dynamics that make their studio work so compelling are missing here. While the remixes work, the live songs drag this album down, making it of interest only for serious fans. For the more casual fan, you'd be better off with their earlier albums, such as See Jungle! See Jungle! or their collection The Best of Bow Wow Wow.


Formed: 1980 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

Bow Wow Wow were a quartet organized by U.K. manager Malcolm McLaren (best known as the mastermind behind the Sex Pistols) at the start of the '80s. McLaren matched the trio of musicians who had constituted Adam Ant's Ants -- Matthew Ashman (b. 1962, d. 1995) on guitar, Leigh Gorman (b. 1961) on bass, and David Barbarossa (b. 1961) on drums -- with teenage singer Annabella Lwin (b. Oct. 31, 1965), retaining the earlier group's African-derived drum sound. In 1983, Lwin quit the group for a solo career,...
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