Night Music: Bow Wow Wow, “I Want Candy”

Bow Wow Wow was a Malcolm McLaren project that combined the percussive center of the band from Adam and the Ants with the subversive thrill of a sexy teen named Annabella acting out.

At the time, in the early 80s, we reviled this music as craven bubble gum, and it still qualifies as that, though this Richard Gottehrer tune’s Bo Diddley heart also touches a place more primal.

This clip of the original version, by the Strangeloves, has muddy sound, but is the best (if flawed) video I could find of the excellent go-go dancing.

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