Ths month marks 30 years – thirty years! – since the launch of Bow Wow Wow – the Malcolm McLaren managed, Annabella luWin fronted harbringers of a new cassette tape only release revolution. Well the cassette only revolution idea was given up after two releases and Adam Ant made more hay than they – out of the patented Burundi beat.
But Annabella herself went on to say this, later.
The whole scene from which the BWW’s sprang – a warped weave of British pop odballs, including gun brandishing Dandy Highwayman Stuart Antman Goddard and His Ants (not his Aunts. Now there’s a thought…”), Siouxsie with the eye make up like LIzaMinnelli and the , oh look here’s some frightfull armbands the Nazi’s used to wear too – and The Banshees.
And the perrenially great Wire and The Art Attacks – the latter featuring incalcuably hugely influential, future Sounds writer/illustrator Edwin Pouncey/Savage Pencil.
S’all captured in Pete’s March 1981 Tree , The Art School Dance Goes On Forever.
I wouldn’t know.
Never went to Art School.
Whatever became of “Lester Square” (synth /guitar in the 3rd Monochrome Set) , I wonder?