Annabella’s Bow Wow Wow @ Sonoma Mountain Village Events Center

If you’re a millennial, Annabella’s Bow Wow Wow probably doesn’t ring a bell. But, if you’re a fan of Sofia Coppola or Kirsten Dunst, chances are you’ve heard the ’80s New Wave band’s stuff because their songs feature pretty heavily in the 2006 film Marie Antoinette. Oddly, Bow Wow Wow’s most popular song to date — “I Want Candy” — is not an original. Their version of The Strangeloves’ sunny, formulaic pop song from 1965 sounds as if it was punched in the eye, dragged by the hair, patched up, and then revived with a shot of amphetamines. In fact, most of Bow Wow Wow’s songs are energetic and visceral, as if there was some type of internal motor powering them along. Parse singer Annabella Lwin’s lyrics and you’ll detect a streak of rebelliousness that was with the band since its formation: In 1980, impressario Malcolm McLaren persuaded three members of Adam and the Ants to leave the band and join his own. Bow Wow Wow is currently on tour with other cult ’80s bands — Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Berlin, Dramarama, Cutting Crew — for the Lost ’80s Live tour, so if you feel like rocking out, getting nostalgic, or both, you now know where to go.

Related Stories