Leigh Gorman - Adam and The Ants and Bow Wow Wow

Adam and The Ants and Bow Wow Wow

While gigging around town, Leigh was spotted by Knox of The Vibrators and asked to audition for Adam and the Ants. He joined the band in November 1979. At the instigation of their manager Malcolm McLaren, Leigh and fellow Ants Matthew Ashman and Dave Barbarossa parted from Adam to form their own band, Bow Wow Wow. After a Six month long audition process, they recruited vocalist Annabella Lwin. Bow Wow Wow's innovative Burundi/Latin/punk fusion soon made them press darlings. In July 1980, Bow Wow Wow released the first ever cassette single, a ditty appropriately entitled "C30, C60, C90, Go". Its release caused a furor in the music industry due to lyrics which seemed to advocate home taping and the fact that the single was released with the reverse side blank. (The controversy of home taping at the dawn of the cassette era parallels the debate about mp3 sharing on the internet today.) The BPI subsequently banished the single from the UK charts. In 1982, however, the group scored two UK Top Ten hits with the singles "Go Wild in the Country" and "I Want Candy". The latter also made waves on the charts in the United States. The band recorded a total of three albums and toured the world extensively, headlining with Madness in Japan and trekking across America several times. Life on the road took its toll, and in 1983 the exhausted band broke up.

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