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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 27, 1998)
Bow Wow Wow
comes to town
By Bret Schulte
Born in a British dry cleaning shop, nur
tured in an era of yogurt and killed by drugs
and exploitation, Bow Wow Wow is an old
dog in the unforgiving music industry.
But old dogs can learn new tricks.
Bow Wow Wow lives again, this time
without the backing of a label or producer, a
situation which singer Annabella Lwin
blames for the initial breakup of the group.
Sunday, Lwin and Leigh Gorman, the
band’s original bassist, bring the rebuilt Bow
//_ Wow Wow’s top
charting hits and
’80s pop-punk atti
901 O St.
Lwin said the
success of the
American tour, now
in its ninth week, has
exceeded her expec
“The tour has
Lwin said. “People
have been very sup
American people are
Known for its native-drum-beat cover of
The Strangeloves’ “I Want Candy,” and the
sweetly subversive “C30, C60, C90, Go!” -
encouraging teens to illegally dub albums
onto tapes - Bow Wow Wow is perhaps most
famous not for its music, but for its looks.
The group helped to define music of the
’80s, blending mohawks with cheeky lyrics,
and sex with naivete. In her early teens at
the time, Lwin typically performed in trendy
lace and vinyl outfits while singing songs
charged with sexuality and innuendo.
Now 32, Lwin said she felt disgusted
about the exploitation involved in rocketing
her from a clerk at a dry cleaning shop to a
sex-kitten rock star at the age of 14.
Managed by Malcolm McLaren, the engi
neer behind the punk machine forged by the
Sex Pistols, Lwin said she was forced to
make a choice between “living a normal
life” and music.
“I chose music,” she said. “(McLaren)
wanted me to prove I was dedicated, and I
left school and my'family ... and he said
we’ll get a tutor in. Of course it didn’t hap
pen. He was only interested in making
Which is exactly what happened.
The group, comprised of a teen diva and
three former members of Adam Ant’s band,
immediately hit the charts in Europe and
then toured the United States, where the
group received a wild reception.
“We became more appreciated and
accepted over here than in England,” Lwin
said. “In England they hated it because they
wondered why we wanted to go to America.
There was a lot of cynicism.”
Her positive experience in America is
what brought the group back together this
year, she said.
Although she was kicked out of the band
without receiving any explanation, Lwin
kept in touch with bassist Gorman, the only
member of the group she still trusted.
Fourteen years after the breakup,
Gorman proposed doing another American
tour with Lwin, which she agreed to do after
Now a Buddhist, and having completed
solo projects, Lwin is glad to be back on the
road again and playing the songs that
changed her life and helped define an era.
“Come and catch a piece of history,” she
Sunday’s 19-and-over show begins at
8:30 p.m. Pablo’s Triangle and Swerve will
serve as opening acts, and tickets are $10.
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