In 1980, McLaren persuaded guitarist Matthew Ashman, drummer David Barbarossa (also known as Dave Barbe) and bassist Leigh Gorman, all then members of Adam and the Ants, to leave the founder of the band, Adam Ant, and form a new group. After a six-month audition process for a lead singer, the band enlisted Annabella Lwin. David Fishel, an acquaintance of McLaren’s, discovered 13-year-old Lwin while she was working a Saturday job at her local dry cleaners.
The group’s sound was a mix of her “girlish squeal,” chants, surf instrumentals, pop melodies and Barbarossa’s Burundi ritual music-influenced tom-tom drum beats.
The Last of the Mohicans is an EP by new wave group Bow Wow Wow issued by RCA Records in 1982.
The EP contained their biggest hit, the single “I Want Candy“. The EP itself peaked at #67 on the Billboard 200, their highest entry on the chart.
The cover artwork, based on the painting Le déjeuner sur l’herbe by Édouard Manet, was recycled from See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy..
This four-song EP features Bow Wow Wow‘s biggest hit, “I Want Candy,” which is a cover of the Strangeloves’ 1965 hit, plus three other songs that are all included on the full-length album I Want Candy. Bow Wow Wow‘s lead singer, Annabella Lwin, as usual, is nude on the cover.
- “I Want Candy” (Bert Berns, Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer) – 2:47
- “Cowboy” – 3:34
- “Louis Quatorze” 2:52
- “Mile High Club” 3:29
- Cover – Nick Egan
- Photography By [Back Cover Photo] – Lynn Snowdon
- Photography By [Cover Photo] – Andy Earl
- Producer – Kenny Laguna
- Producer [Associate] – Mark Dodson, Steve Leeds
- Written-By – Barbaross, Gorma, McLaren, Ashman
Released: May 1982
Genre: New wave, pop rock
Label – RCA Records