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A-ha in concert at Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain in 2010
Background information
Origin Oslo, Norway
New wave synthpop pop rock alternative rock
Years active 1982–1994, 1998-2010, 2015–present
Warner Bros. Polydor
Associated acts
Apparatjik Savoy Erin Hill
Members Magne Furuholmen
Morten Harket
Pål Waaktaar-Savoy
A-ha (stylized as a-ha; Norwegian pronunciation: [ɑˈhɑː]) are a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket (vocals), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards) and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy (guitars). The group initially rose to fame during the mid-1980s after being discovered by musician and producer John Ratcliff, and had continued global success in the 1990s and 2000s.

A-ha achieved their biggest success with their debut album, Hunting High and Low, in 1985. That album peaked at number 1 in their native Norway, number 2 in the UK, and number 15 on the US Billboard album chart; yielded two international number-one singles, “Take On Me” and “The Sun Always Shines on TV”; and earned the band a Grammy Award nomination as Best New Artist. In the UK, Hunting High and Low continued its chart success into the following year, becoming one of the best-selling albums of 1986. In 1994, after their fifth studio album, Memorial Beach, failed to achieve the commercial success of their previous albums, the band went on a hiatus.

Following a performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 1998, the band returned to the studio and recorded their sixth album, 2000’s Minor Earth Major Sky, which was another number-one hit in Norway and resulted in a new tour. A seventh studio album, Lifelines, was released in 2002, and an eighth album, Analogue, in 2005, was certified Silver in the UK – their most successful album there since 1990’s East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Their ninth album, Foot of the Mountain, was first released on 19 June 2009 and returned the band to the UK Top 5 for the first time since 1988, being certified Silver there and Platinum in Germany. The album peaked at number 2 in Norway (their first release not to reach number 1 in their home territory). On 15 October 2009, the band announced they would split after a worldwide tour in 2010, the Ending on a High Note Tour. Thousands of fans from at least 40 different countries on six continents congregated to see A-ha for the last leg of the tour. On 4 December 2014 A-ha officially announced its participation at Rock In Rio 2015 which celebrated 30 years for both the band and the event.

In 2015 it was announced that A-ha would re-unite for two years. Their tenth studio album, Cast in Steel, was released on 4 September 2015. A world tour in support of the album is planned.

The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide (till 2009). In less than a year, during 2010, the band earned an estimated 500 million Norwegian Kroner from concert tickets, merchandise and the release of a greatest hits album, making them one of the 40–50 largest grossing bands in the world.

The Honeydrippers

Origin England
Genres Rock & roll, jump blues, rhythm & blues
Years active 1981–1985
Labels Es Paranza/Atlantic Records
Associated acts Led Zeppelin
The Yardbirds
The Firm
The Jeff Beck Group
Page and Plant
The Stray Cats
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Past members Robert Plant
Andy Silvester
Kevin O’Neill
Ricky Cool
Jim Hickman
Keith Evans
Wayne Terry
Robbie Blunt
Jimmy Page
Jeff Beck
Paul Shaffer
Nile Rodgers
Wayne Pedziwiatr
Dave Weckl
Brian Setzer
Keith “Bev” Smith

The Honeydrippers were a rock and roll band of the 1980s, deriving their name from Roosevelt Sykes, an American Blues Singer also known as “Honeydripper”. Former Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant formed the group in 1981 to satisfy his long-time goal in having a rock band with a heavy rhythm and blues basis. Formed originally in Worcestershire, the band went on to record an EP in the US. In addition to Plant, the band was composed of fellow former Led Zeppelin member Jimmy Page; Jeff Beck (a former Yardbirds member like Page); and other friends and well-known studio musicians. They performed in a concert at Keele University in 1981. The band released only one recording, an EP titled The Honeydrippers: Volume One, on 12 November 1984.

The Honeydrippers peaked at #3 in early 1985 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a remake of the Phil Phillips’ tune “Sea of Love”, and hit the top 30 with “Rockin’ at Midnight”, originally a Roy Brown recording and a rewrite of “Good Rockin’ Tonight.” With the EP’s success, Plant stated that a full album would be recorded, but it never was. The band appeared on Saturday Night Live on 15 December 1984, performing “Rockin’ at Midnight” and “Santa Claus Is Back in Town.” The band featured Brian Setzer on guitar, Tom Barney on bass, Paul Shaffer on piano, Buddy Williams on drums, Michael Brecker, Lou Marini, and Ronnie Cuber on saxophones, Jon Faddis on trumpet and Tom Malone on trombone.

On 23 December 2006, Plant performed a charity show at Kidderminster Town Hall under the title ‘The Return of the Honeydrippers’ to raise money for his neighbour Jackie Jennings, who was undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.

Bow Wow Wow


Bow Wow Wow, 1982, West Berlin
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres New wave
Years active 1980–1983, 1997–1998, 2003–2006, 2010-present
EMI RCA Cleopatra
Associated acts
Adam and the Ants Culture Club Chiefs of Relief Max Rams Agent Provocateur Beats International Republica Chicane Amber Gate The Vapors Swedish Egil Novacaine No Doubt Electric Skychurch Vigilant Sin City Sinners
Website Facebook page
Members Leigh Gorman
Chloe Demetria
Zachary Throne
Les Warner
Past members Annabella Lwin
Matthew Ashman
David Barbarossa
Lieutenant Lush
Dave Calhoun
Eshan Khadaroo
Phil Gough
Adrian Young
Devin Beaman
Jimmy Magoon
Dylan Thomas
Matthew Fuller
Shaun Winchester
Bow Wow Wow are an English 1980s new wave band, created by Malcolm McLaren to promote his and then girlfriend/business partner Vivienne Westwood’s New Romantic fashion lines. The group’s music has been described as having an “African-derived drum sound”.

Studio albums
Compilation albums
Live albums
External links
History Edit

In 1980, McLaren persuaded guitarist Matthew Ashman, drummer David Barbarossa (also known as Dave Barbe) and bassist Leigh Gorman all then members of Adam and the Ants, to leave the founder of the band, Adam Ant, and form a new group. After a six-month audition process for a lead singer, the band enlisted Annabella Lwin. Musician David Fishel, an acquaintance of McLaren’s, discovered 14-year-old Lwin while she was working a Saturday job at her local dry cleaners.

The group’s sound was a mix of her “girlish squeal,” chants, surf instrumentals, pop melodies and Barbarossa’s Burundi ritual music-influenced tom-tom drum beats.

They released their debut single, “C·30 C·60 C·90 Go”, in July 1980 on record label EMI, originally solely as a cassette single and then also as a 7″. A cassette-only album, Your Cassette Pet, followed in November.

In 1981, after splitting with EMI after a dispute, Bow Wow Wow signed with new A&R head Bill Kimber at RCA Records, where they had their first UK top 10 hit with “Go Wild in the Country” in early 1982.

The band’s biggest US hit was “I Want Candy”, produced by Kenny Laguna, (originally a 1965 hit by The Strangeloves) which was featured in an early music video on MTV. Bow Wow Wow’s recording of “I Want Candy” also appeared in film soundtracks and media and advertising events such as the 2005 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Their most notorious recording was “Sexy Eiffel Tower,” with excitedly heavy breathing and moans; this was a song that went far beyond the slightly later Cyndi Lauper hit “She Bop”, about the subject matter of female masturbation.
Annabella Lwin, 1982
By 1983, the group had released three full-length albums, and were due to embark on a world tour, but tensions in the group were rising, as the members were suffering from illness and exhaustion after intense US touring. After a rest, the band ousted Lwin to form a new group, Chiefs of Relief, with guitarist Ashman as its lead singer.

Ashman later played with other groups such as Max, Rams and Agent Provocateur. He died in 1995, at age 35, from diabetes complications.

Barbe later worked on other musical projects such as Beats International, Republica, dance band Chicane, the London-based Faith music collective and Amber Gate. He also performed live with Adam Ant in 1995, and wrote a novel titled We Were Looking Up.

Gorman continued to perform and had success as a record producer and composer for films and advertising. He joined the rave band Electric Skychurch in 2006.

In 1997, Lwin and Gorman reformed Bow Wow Wow, adding guitarist Dave Calhoun (from The Vapors) and drummer Eshan Khadaroo. They embarked on the “Barking Mad” tour in 1997-1998, which produced a compilation CD, Wild in the USA (Cleopatra Records), that included live material and remixes of previous Bow Wow Wow tracks.

In 1998, they collaborated with DJ Swedish Egil on the track “Eastern Promise”, released as part of Egil’s Groove Radio Presents: Alternative Mix CD by Priority Records. They contributed the song “A Thousand Tears” to the 1999 film Desperate But Not Serious (retitled Reckless + Wild in the US), starring Christine Taylor and Claudia Schiffer, and appeared in the film.

Bow Wow Wow performed at the KROQ Inland Invasion festival in September 2003, with a lineup including Los Angeles guitarist Phil Gough (of Novacaine) and drummer Adrian Young (of No Doubt). In September 2005, Philadelphia native Devin Beaman was brought in as the new drummer.

Bow Wow Wow songs “Aphrodisiac”, “I Want Candy” and “Fools Rush In” (the latter two remixed by Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine) were included on the soundtrack of the 2006 Sofia Coppola film Marie Antoinette. The band performed on 2 November 2006 at the Maritime Hotel’s Hiro Lounge in New York City to promote the film.

In 2006, Bow Wow Wow recorded a cover of The Smiths’ song “I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish”, which appeared on three 2007 releases: a new three-track I Want Candy EP (Cleopatra), compilation album Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before: A Tribute to the Smiths (Cleopatra) and the soundtrack to the film Blood & Chocolate: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Lakeshore Records).

On the 15th anniversary of Ashman’s death, the band, featuring original drummer Barbarossa, performed at a tribute concert for Ashman on 21 November 2010 at the Scala in London. The show was headlined by Adam Ant and also featured Ashman’s other bands Chiefs of Relief and Agent Provocateur.

With a new guitarist (Jimmy Magoon) and drummer (Dylan Thomas), Bow Wow Wow played shows in California and toured the UK during 2011-2012.

In December 2012, Gorman began performing under the name “Bow Wow Wow” without original lead singer Lwin, against her wishes., and launched a new band Facebook page. This incarnation also included new singer Chloe Demetria, formerly of the band Vigilant as well as guitarist Matthew Fuller and drummer Shaun Winchester. In 2014, actor/musician Zachary Throne (Sin City Sinners) took over on guitar, and Les Warner replaced Winchester. Lwin has continued to perform billed as “Annabella Lwin of the original Bow Wow Wow”.

In 1980, their label at the time, EMI, refused to promote the cassingle “C·30 C·60 C·90 Go” because it allegedly promoted home taping, as Side B was blank. EMI dropped the group after releasing their second single, “W.O.R.K. (N.O. Nah, No No My Daddy Don’t)”.
Bow Wow Wow’s take on Le déjeuner sur l’herbe
Coinciding with Lwin’s posing nude for a proposed album cover, her mother alleged exploitation of a minor for immoral purposes, and instigated a Scotland Yard investigation. As a result, the band was only allowed to leave the UK after McLaren promised not to promote Lwin as a “sex kitten”. This included an agreement to not use the nude photograph depicting Lwin as the woman in Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, though the picture was used as the cover of the band’s 1982 RCA EP The Last of the Mohicans, which became their best-selling record in the US (The photo was originally intended to be used for 1981’s See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy album, and the cover was used as planned in some European countries – such as the Netherlands – though not for the US versions of the album.) Lwin was almost made to quit the band by the controversy over the publication of the photo, particularly as she was only 15 when the photo was taken.

The degree to which Bow Wow Wow were influenced by—rather than plagiarised—the music of native African nations and tribes such as the Royal Drummers of Burundi and the Zulus has been a matter of debate. It is thought that when McLaren started to advise Adam and the Ants on the direction they should take after Dirk Wears White Sox, he gave the band (the instrumentalists who would eventually become Bow Wow Wow) a variety of recordings of world music from which to draw inspiration. When the Ants dropped out to form Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant took the recordings from the band’s early work in this new direction to start his new incarnation of the Ants. This is how it ended up that both bands made music influenced by the recordings offered by McLaren. Among the recordings was one titled “Burundi Black”. The story of “Burundi Black” and the origin of the “Burundi Beat” and the associated controversy is told in the following excerpt from a 1981 New York Times article by Robert Palmer:

“ The original source of this tribal rhythm is a recording of 25 drummers, made in a village in the east African nation of Burundi by a team of French anthropologists. The recording was included in an album, Musique du Burundi, issued by the French Ocora label in 1968. It is impressively kinetic, but the rhythm patterns are not as complex as most African drumming; they are a relatively easy mark for pop pirates in search of plunder. During the early 1970s, a British pop musician named Mike Steiphenson grafted an arrangement for guitars and keyboards onto the original recording from Burundi, and the result was Burundi Black, an album that sold more than 125,000 copies and made the British best-seller charts… Adam and the Ants, Bow Wow Wow, and several other bands have notched up an impressive string of British hits using the Burundi beat as a rhythmic foundation. But the Burundian drummers who made the original recording are not sharing in the profits. Nobody told them to copyright their traditional music, and trying to obtain copyright for a rhythm would be a difficult proposition in any case. ”
It was also charged that Bow Wow Wow plagiarised melodies from Zulu jive songs and Zulu pop songs and turned the original Zulu lyrics into English mondegreens. This is the charge made for the origin of the lines “See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah! City All over Go Ape Crazy!”, “Golly! Golly! Go Buddy!” and “Hey i-yai-yo”. In answer to this issue, the 1981 Times article offered the following statement in Bow Wow Wow’s defence:

“ It’s [The ‘Burundi Beat’] the driving force and most distinctive ingredient in much of Adam Ant’s music and has been equally valuable to other British rockers. The fact that Adam and the Ants have used it to power fatuous celebrations of tribalism makes their borrowing even more distasteful. Pirates, indeed!
Again, Bow Wow Wow is another matter. The group’s rhythms are still influenced by the Burundian recording, but they are varied and flexible rather than slavishly imitative. And the Bow Wows have absorbed other rhythmic usages, including West African high life, Brazilian pop and conventional rock and roll. They seem to be able to synthesize their influences into appealing trash-pop as easily as they subvert Malcolm McLaren’s image manipulation.

In an RCA radio promo vinyl recording, guitarist Ashman responded:

“ Well, they do a lot of that sort of chanting in Africa, but it’s not a direct rip-off. It’s just our interpretation of it, really. A lot of the ideas are ours, and they’re brand-new, a lot of those chants. You know what I mean? They’re not stolen from some poor tribe in Africa. It’s just like the influence is there, and we’ll use it. Yeah, it’s just a good noise, isn’t it? It’s a good sound. ”

No Doubt’s Young said of the opportunity to play drums for Bow Wow Wow from 2003–2005, “It is a dream come true to play with a band I grew up idolising. I feel like a kid back in the sand box.”

Film director Coppola drew inspiration from Lwin when conceiving the style for her film, Marie Antoinette . Said Bow Wow Wow’s tour manager in 2006, “They actually based Marie Antoinette, from a styling point of view, on Annabella Lwin. They drew parallels from the fact that they were both young girls who found fame and fortune at a ridiculously early age.”

Current members
Chloe Demetria – vocals (2013-present)
Leigh Gorman – bass (1980–1983, 1997–1998, 2003–present)
Zachary Throne – guitar (2014–present)
Les Warner – drums (2014–present)
Former members
Annabella Lwin – vocals (1980–1983, 1997–1998, 2003–2013)
Matthew Ashman – guitar (1980–1983; died 1995)
David Barbarossa – drums (1980–1983)
Dave Calhoun – guitar (1997–1998)
Eshan Khadaroo – drums (1997–1998)
Phil Gough – guitar (2003–2011)
Adrian Young – drums (2003–2005)
Devin Beaman – drums (2005–2011)
Jimmy Magoon – guitar (2011–2012)
Dylan Thomas – drums (2011–2012)
Matthew Fuller – guitar (2012–2014)
Shaun Winchester – drums (2012–2014)

Studio albums
1980 – Your Cassette Pet (EMI) – cassette only, UK No. 58
1981 – See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy! (RCA) UK No. 26 US#192
1983 – When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going (RCA) US No. 82
1982 – The Last of the Mohicans (RCA) US No. 67
1982 – Teenage Queen (RCA)
2007 – I Want Candy (Cleopatra)

July 1980 – “C·30 C·60 C·90 Go” (EMI) UK No. 34
March 1981 – “W.O.R.K. (N.O. Nah, No No My Daddy Don’t)” (EMI) UK No. 62
July 1981 – “Prince of Darkness” (RCA) UK No. 58
October 1981 – “Chihuahua” (RCA) UK#51
January 1982 – “Go Wild in the Country” (RCA) UK No. 7
April 1982 – “See Jungle! (Jungle Boy)” (RCA) UK No. 45
May 1982 – “I Want Candy” (RCA) UK No. 9, AUS#39, NL No. 23, US No. 62
July 1982 – “Louis Quatorze” (RCA) UK No. 66
September 1982 – “Fools Rush In” (EMI)
February 1983 – “Do You Wanna Hold Me?” (RCA) UK No. 47, NL No. 3, US No. 77 AUS No. 95
July 1983 – “The Man Mountain” (RCA) NL No. 8
Compilation albums

1982 – Original Recordings (EMI/Harvest)
1982 – I Want Candy (RCA) UK No. 26, US No. 123, AUS No. 88
1993 – Girl Bites Dog – Your Compact Disc Pet (EMI)
1993 – Go Wild: The Best Of (BMG Records)
1996 – Aphrodisiac… Best Of (Camden)
1996 – The Best of Bow Wow Wow (RCA)
1998 – Wild in the USA (Cleopatra) – remix album
2003 – I Want Candy – Anthology (Castle Music)
2008 – Love, Peace & Harmony – The Best of Bow Wow Wow (Sony BMG)
Live albums
1997 – Live in Japan – (Receiver Records)
2009 – Mile High Club Live (Pegasus)

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