Bow Wow Wow – Aphrodisiac

Bow Wow Wow was touring in support of their When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going release and in this case was opening for The English Beat.  The show actually opened with Joe “King” Carrasco & The Crowns, followed by Bow Wow Wow and finally The English Beat.  Don’t get me wrong I did and still do love The English Beat, but Annabella (I mean Bow Wow Wow) on stage stole my heart (I mean the show).

Can you tell I was a 16 year old with raging hormones at the time?  Annabella danced on the stage in her short, red, leather skirt and Native American themed costume, singing such songs to me (I mean the audience) like:

Ooh, I got arrows in my quiver, ooh, I got you you’re in my sight
Woh, when you’re close you make me shiver, woh, come with me and spend the night
Finding a way, a way to make whoopee, finding a way, a way to make love
Finding a way, a way to make whoopee, finding a way, a way to make love


I want him, I need him, I want him, I need him
He can move it, he can groove it, he’s a rhythm machine
He can take me, he can break me, he’s so hard and so mean
He’s my lover, he’s my hero, take it fast, take it slow
My baby, my baby, my baby oh no

Bow Wow Wow also gave us:  Aphrodisiac, Lonesome Tonight, Cowboy, Do You Wanna Hold Me, Louis Quatorze, Jungle Boy, Rikki Dee and What’s The Time (Hey Buddy)… and they are all here on this compilation.

As you can tell I’m a big fan of Bow Wow Wow and have all of their releases except one.  Well, okay, I have it on vinyl, but Do You Want To Hold Me has a regrettable whine in the background from being overplayed using a bad needle.  So, I should say, I have all of their recordings that are available on CD, except When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going.  While searching for that one, I came across Aphrodisiac – The Best Of Bow Wow Wow, which has all of the songs that were on When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going that I didn’t already have on other CDs… except one.  So I’m still in search of one song, Love Me.

If you are a fan of Bow Wow Wow, but not a crazy fan like me and just want to get a great mix of their material, Aphrodisiac – The Best Of Bow Wow Wow is worth picking up.  I bought it new through Amazon for less than $10 I think.

And…. just because I’m a crazy fan of Annabella Lwin (duh!) I offer the following nuggets:

    • Annabella recorded a cover of Like A Virgin for a release called Virgin Voices which was all covers of Madonna songs (I have this on CD).
    • Annabella recorded a cover of I Love Rock & Roll the Joan Jett song (I bought this on iTunes).
    • Annabella recorded an album of her own after Bow Wow Wow broke up (I have that on vinyl but am still trying to find it on CD or digital format).
    • Boy George reportedly tried out as a lead singer for Bow Wow Wow before they settled on Annabella – wow, that would have meant a totally different band.
    • The band backing Annabella in Bow Wow Wow is comprised of the Ants… from Adam & The Ants before Adam left the Ants and just became Adam Ant.