Monday, July 24, 2006

Adam Ant - Puss 'N Boots

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Wolfmen Kama Sutra Demo

This week saw the hottest temperatures ever recorded in London. And the hottest nights...

So The Wolfmen demo'd a new song - Kama Sutra - to soundtrack the heatwave.

Go here to stream it from the website or here to hear it on the myspace site.

This one is very Bowie sounding, sounds like it could be from Bowie's early 70's Ziggy era.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Bow Wow Wow New Recording!

Bow Wow Wow have ventured back into the studio to record a track for an upcoming Smiths tribute album. The band have made I Started Something their own. Working with Morrissey on Irish Blood, English Heart was an honor and a privilege, says Leigh Gorman, so I jumped at the opportunity to rework a Smiths song in our style. You can preview the track at: bow wow wow myspace

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Wolfmen Review, Interview, and Marco on Puss n Boots/ Kiss the Drummer

Review of Jackie Says EP here

Marco and Chris interviewed

And in my ongoing series, here we have Marco questioned about 1983's Puss n Boots and kiss the Drummer.

Me normal text, Marco italics.

Puss n Boots- the demo for this sounds like you had the song pretty much all
worked out already- what did Phil Collins add to the song apart from the drums?

He did what producers do which is make your ideas sound better.

Why did Phil only do this and Strip?

coz he was busy on the road.

How long did Puss n Boots and Strip take to record?

About 10 days

Kiss The Drummer- was this written specially for the single or was it an out-take from the album?

It was written in the studio specially for the b-side.

Why did you not do an old Ants song for this or Strip singles?

We just wanted to do something else.

Was there a 3rd single planned? (If so what song?)

No I dont think there was.

Who was Paris? Why did he do the drums/ record the b sides and not Richard Burgess?

He was the engineer and he programmed the drums, as we only knew our way round the Linn drum machine and not the oberhein they had at Polar.

Do you know who Kiss the Drummer is actually about (if anyone)?

It came out of one of Adams old lyric books, the words were written years before we wrote the song, and it's about a fantasy character no one specific, the title probably came from a line in a film, they usually do.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

2 New Bow Wow Wow Interviews and New CD Compilation

Daily News Interview

I Miss the 80s Interview

New compilation album We Are the 80s released July 18th 2006.

AMG Review: Bow Wow Wow's short but brilliant career was well captured by RCA's The Best of Bow Wow Wow in 1996. It has 20 tracks by the band and two by frontwoman Annabella Lwin, and it's all the casual fan could ever need. The band's entry in the We Are the '80s series is even better for casual listeners since, with eight fewer tracks included, stripping all but the essentials makes the band's appeal even more focused. Of course "I Want Candy" is here, and so are new wave classics like "Do You Wanna Hold Me," "(I'm A) TV Savage," "See Jungle! (Jungle Boy)," and "C30,C60, C90, Go." It's a furiously paced and exhilarating collection of songs by one of the truly great new wave era groups, and while fans should really seek out a collection with more tracks (or the individual albums), this is still an excellent introduction.

This is one of a series of 80s albums released by RCA Legacy- more info here. They were originally to be dualdiscs but are now just to be single sided audio only, which is a shame.

Tracklisting for the cd:
1 C30, C60, C90, Go
2 Aphrodisiac
3 I Want Candy
4 Do You Wanna Hold Me?
5 (I'm A) TV Savage
6 Go Wild In The Country
7 See Jungle! (Jungle Boy)
8 Baby, Oh No (Digitally Remastered 1993)
9 Louis Quatorze
10 Cowboy
11 W.O.R.K. (N.O. Nah, No No My Daddy Don't)
12 Mile High Club
13 Elimination Dancing
14 What's The Time (Hey Buddy)

Monday, July 17, 2006

Wolfmen on Johnathon Ross Radio show

Jackie Says will close the Johnathon Ross Radio Show on Saturday July 22nd, the show runs between 10am and 1pm.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

August 2006 Record Collector Extra Wonderful review

Wolfmen on Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show

Marco and Chris will appear on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show on 1st August on 6 Music.

EMI Digital Download Bow Wow Wow Girl Bites Dog: Your Digital Pet

‘Girl Bites Dog: Your Digital Pet’

Release date: 28 August 2006

Proto-New Wave outfit Bow Wow Wow was the brainchild of punk impresario Malcolm McLaren, and was formed of some of the original members of Adam and the Ants.
The band was completed by a provocative teenager, Burmese Londoner named Annabella Lwin on vocals, who caused a sensation when she appeared naked on a Bow Wow Wow record sleeve aged 15. They also briefly included one Leiutenant Lush in their lineup, who would later become known as Boy George.

In 1980 the band's first single, 'C30, C60, C90... Go!' was released on EMI on cassette only. The cassette theme was continued with the EP that followed, 'Your Cassette Pet'.

Later in 1983, when Bow Wow Wow were enjoying some success Stateside, EMI forged an album together from the early recordings: the aptly named '12 Original Recordings' - the original 8 tracks from 'Your Cassette Pet' and the 2 tracks from the 'C30, C60, C90 Go' cassette single with the addition of the tracks 'Mile High Club' and an extended (disco) version of 'W.O.R.K.'

Six other tracks were added to this to create the 1993 CD 'Girl Bites Dog: Your Compact Disc Pet.'
This is the digital generation of that same collection.

Also available for the first time are four digital video downloads.

Bow Wow Wow are still going strong and are touring the US in October this year.
Digital Download (Album)

1. Bow Wow Wow
2. Sex
3. W.O.R.K. (N.O. Nah No No My Daddy Don't)
4. Gold He Said
5. I Want My Baby On Mars
6. Sexy Eiffel Towers
7. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)
8. Radio G String
9. C30 C60 C90 Go
10. Sun Sea And Piracy
11. Uomo-Sex-Al Apache
12. Giant Sized Baby Thing
13. Mile High Club
14. Cast Iron Arm
15. Theme A
16. W.O.R.K. (N.O. Nah No No My Daddy Don't) (Extended Version)
17. C30 C60 C90 Anda!
18. Louis Quatorze

Cat No: 368 6225

Video Downloads

Title: C30 C60 C90 Go (368 9795)
Title: I Want My Baby On Mars (368 9825)

Title: Louis Quatorze (368 9815)

Title: W.O.R.K. (N.O. Nah No No My Daddy Don't) (368 9835)

Wolfmen Jackie Says EP review

Wolfmen Jackie Says EP review

You'll all have heard these songs on the myspace site or website. If you have, and especially if you haven't, you still need to own them on a piece of 10" vinyl or downloads. Why? Because they're GREAT songs!
These are the final studio mixes, not the demos that are available on the freeby sites.

Jackie Says- "Jackie Says hold on tight, Jackie says no need to fight"

This is a perfect single, a real grower with a great video to go with it, featuring Dave Whiteing as the barman (you remember him, he was the bloke in Stand and Deliver who gets robbed and then sentences Adam to hang!). Features excellent guitar playing from the man who we all know is London's best guitar player and man who was there when punk happened, Marco Pirroni, and Harmonica, bass and vocals from Chris Constantinou. Chris is a great singer, sometimes he sounds like Bowie, sometimes he sounds like Adam Ant, sometimes he sounds like the rocker he is!

All Nighter- another great pop song, this one is produced by ex Ant Chris 'Merrick' Hughes, featuring Mr Constantinou's harmonica playing and more Pirroni mastery on the guitar.

Needle in the Camel's Eye - this is my favourite, a fantastic cover, this one also features production by Chris Hughes who also drums.
I didn't know the original (Brian Eno), but i love this version and the original both now.

If You Talk Like That - Another stormer! If you're not convinced by now that this is a great band, then there's no hope for you, put your money away now!

Overall this is a great EP and showcases some bloody good songs, which in my opinion piss all over most bands around at the moment. Two old pro's show they have more than what it takes to write bloody good songs, and Marco at last is out of semi retirement and showing everyone what a fucking ace guitar player he always was frankly. No more waiting around for Adam, Marco is back again playing those ringing guitars and thank the Lord for that I say!
Let's hope we don't have to wait too long for an album!

Jackie says is released on August 14th 2006 by Damaged Goods

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Took a trip to the Kings Road last night....

And bumped into these blokes

L-r Ciaron, Marco, Matt Mantra 2 singer.

Coming up later this weekend/ coming week will be previews of Wolfmen tracks, a preview of the NEW Mantra 2 Album featuring 2 ex Ants and 2 Wolfmen, and news of a planned Ant Greatest Hits and DVD package!
PLUS a review of the OLLA cd Granny Takes A Trip!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Desperate But Not Serious (And another Chris Constantino Interview)

Here we have Marco's comments on Desperate but not Serious, me normal text, Marco italics.

Who wrote what with Desperate but not Serious?

It was based on an old demo called "Manzanera" which was inspired by the intro to Prairie Rose by Roxy Music, I can't remember who came up with what.

You don't like Why Do Girls Like Horses do you?

I never said I didn't like it, I thought it was ok

Desperate didn't do that well in the charts- why do you think this was?

Coz it wasn't really a single

Desperate -was it basically an album track that was released as a single?


Why was Place in the Country released as a single in America?

I never knew it was.

Another storyboarded video for this too- did you enjoy the roles Adam gave you in the videos?

I hate doing videos,they are boring and cost so much FUCKING MONEY!!!!
I hate the the fact that one video costs way more than an album to make,
if you were me you would look just as pissed off,it costs me vast amounts of money to do something I HATE!

So there we have it!

Chris Constantino has done another interview, this time for Cartrouble's website, here.

Monday, July 03, 2006

The Wolfmen News: Jackie Says EP/ video

The date? It's out on August 14 on Damaged Goods Records.

The formats? Digital download and a strictly limited edition 10" vinyl EP.

The tracks? Jackie Says, Up All Nighter, Needle In The Camel's Eye and If You Talk Like That.

The video? Yes, there's a video. It was filmed last month by acclaimed director Paul Hills (Boston Kickout/Urban Gothic) and is a film noir story of one possible existence of 'The Wolfmen'... You can see the video pretty much everywhere, at, MySpace, and YouTube.

The supporting features? Filmed in 1906, soundtracked in 2006 by The Wolfmen for London's inaugural Fashion In Film Festival, Amore Pedestre and The Gay Shoe Clerk are now also available on-line here.
Jackie Says

A note about the mp3s on this blog and Extra Wonderful download links

Just a note to inform you dear blogger/ reader/ Record Company person: re- the mp3s advertised as for downloading on here. These are live versions of the songs that Marco discusses, with the occasional remix version thrown in.
They will only be available for a short while, so you need to grab them quickly.
The older mp3s have now been taken down. I am sorry about that, it is partly to make space on my webspace but also to encourage you to grab them quickly.
At NO POINT will officially available songs be available here to download- that is illegal and won't be happening- the point of this blogsite is to be a PROMOTION of the Ants and their various side projects, not to rip them off in any way.

The Extra Wonderful mp3s are available to download at these following sites:
iTunes, Napster, MyCokeMusic, Woolworths, 7 Digital Media, Playlouder, MSN Music, Big Noise Music, HMV, Virgin, Tesco, Tiscali Music, Sonic Selector, Wanadoo,,, KarmaDownload, Wippit, The Music Engine Service, Bleep, easyMusic

Direct links:
musicstore, o2online,, packardbell, 7digital

Here is also a handy link to a BBC page explaining downloading.
The downloads vary in price between 77p and 99p, depending on the site. Some sites are wma files, some mp3s, and they also differ in bitrates available. Some sites also need you to sign up and download their software before you can view the files, and of course each site has it's own different rules regarding what you can do with the downloaded files and whether they are yours to keep or only work as long as you subscribe- read the site's information before you download.

Addition: EMI have announced that Gotta Be A Sin Single version and Single edit will be added to this Extra Wonderful download series in the coming weeks.