“Bow Wow Wow are an English 1980s New Wave band created by Malcolm McLaren to promote his and business partner Vivienne Westwood‘s New Romantic fashion lines. The group’s music is described as having an “African-derived drum sound”.
Bow Wow Wow has many famous admirers including members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and No Doubt. Anthony Kiedis included the lines, “Swimming in the sound of Bow Wow Wow” in the Red Hot Chili Peppers song “Suck My Kiss” and “Holy cow, Bow Wow Wow” in “Right on Time”. John Frusciante claims Matthew Ashman as an influence on his work since returning to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the late ’90s. This is evident in Frusciante’s use of the Gretsch White Falcon, as used by Ashman. Adrian 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 Sofia Coppola drew inspiration from Annabella when conceiving the style for her film, Marie Antoinette. Says 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.” Bow Wow Wow’s recording and video of “I Want Candy” has enduring appeal for enthusiasts of ’80s pop culture.” Source