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Bow Wow Wow Reunites for Inland Invasion

Southern California is all abuzz as one of the best days out approaches. On Saturday (9/20), the KROQ sponsored Inland Invasion III will hit the Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion just an hour out of Los Angeles in the Inland Empire. The event was the fastest selling in the history of the venue, according to Clear Channel. It will be an ‘80s flashback like no other with headliners The Cure playing after the ever-popular Duran Duran, Mark Almond of Soft Cell, Echo and the Bunnymen, Dramarama, The Psychedelic Furs, General Public, Berlin and Bow Wow Wow, who have reunited especially for the show with No Doubt's Adrian Young on drums.

Last night (9/18), Bow Wow Wow invited a few intimate friends down to their rehearsal space to hear the new wave band perform nine songs including hits “I Want Candy,” “W.O.R.K.” and “Afrodizziac.” The impressive instrumentals of the rhythm section created by Young and bassist/vocalist Leigh Roy Gorman (founding member of the Malcolm McLaren-managed band) matched by the mad guitar skills of Phil Gough made clear where many of today's young bands get their inspiration from. Vocalist Annabella Lwin was in top form as she teased and taunted the roomful of avid fans and old friends.

Ironically, the band ended with the song "C30, C60, C90, Go,” which was the first-ever cassette single (cassingle) in England. Released in July 1980, it caused an anti-piracy furor similar to what we see now being played out with MP3s (with critics claiming that home taping would ruin the music industry, and that Bow Wow Wow was encouraging this by releasing music on the new format). Sound familiar? The British Phonographic Industry (similar to the RIAA) actually banned the single from the charts – even though it was destined to go to the Top 20. The song was a fitting flashback for modern times.

The evening was just a taste of what promises to be a brilliant musical event on Saturday. Up and coming bands added to the ‘80s revival atmosphere of Inland Invasion will include Virgin Recommends bands Kings of Leon, Fountains of Wayne and Interpol.

Stay tuned for full coverage of the live event Monday, Sept 22, 2003.

- Kim Taylor
September 19, 2003