Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bow Wow Wow - Girl Bites Dog: Your Compact Disc Pet (1980)


Bow Wow Wow was the creation of Malcolm McLaren, who also pieced together The Sex Pistols.  In 1980, EMI released Bow Wow Wow's debut, Your Cassette Pet, on cassette only (an interesting marketing ploy that failed miserably).  In 1993, it was re-released on CD and titled Girl Bites Dog: Your Compact Disc Pet.  Allmusic describes it best:
A CD reissue of their first cassette-only release. Featuring a 15-year-old Annabella Lwin singing songs with sex-obsessed themes backed by a driving tribal beat, Girl Bites Dog gives a representative view of a band with limited scope. Though it sounds a bit dated today, new wave fanatics will find the expanded CD version essential, especially for the unreleased rarities, B-sides, and extensive discography information.
"New wave fanatic"? Yeah, I can own that.  It always boggles my mind when I remember that Lwin is younger than me yet I was listening to her music when I was in high school.  If I'm in the right mood, all the chanting, surf-guitar influenced, instrumentals, pop melodies, and ritual music tom-tom drum beats is right in my wheelhouse. At other times, I can't wait to hit the skip button. Whether or not I listen to this music is mainly determined by my mood. 

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks:  Of the 18 included tracks, my picks are W.O.R.K. (N.O. Nah No No My Daddy Don't), the cover of Johnny Mercer-penned Fools Rush In, Cast Iron Arm, and their tribute to home taping: C30 C60 C90 Go.  For my younger readers, home taping is my generation's version of illegal downloads.  Why pay for an album when you can borrow a friend's and simply make a tape recording of it?  The recording industry argued that home taping would kill the music industry.  30+ years later, it's still around and more corrupt than ever.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

2 comments:

  1. I'm hoping to learn more about this band - do you know much? i.e., who wrote most of the music? have you listened to Chiefs of Relief? Are they just as good without Lwin? Who started with the barundi beats? Adam & the Ants? Someone else?

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  2. Sorry, I don't know the answers to your questions. I'm sure there are books about the band or Malcolm McLaren that would answer them.

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