Monday, July 30, 2007

Close your eyes and think of England

My introduction to the Bow Wow Wow song "Louis Quatorze" was on a mix tape with none of the contents identified. It was a very good tape, but I was drawn to this song like a bug to a zapper.

The rape fantasy acted out is troubling, but as Malcolm McLaren managed the band (as he did with the Sex Pistols), I just see it as controversy courting. What catches me about this is the sheer exuberance of Annabella Lwin's vocals. Like the song says, she was just fourteen, but she's some kind of actress - I can't think of a performance where the singer sounds more alive.

This is kind of a muddy recording; I recommend getting the best-of, which also has the more familiar "I Want Candy."

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