I Wish I Was A Little Bit Taller

I’m running out of bandwidth for downloads at Boxnet so here’s a video from 1995. Upbeat hip hop from Skee Lo- really catchy sample, self-deprecating lyric about being rejected by a girl and general all round good stuff. The musical sample comes from Bernard Wright’s Spinnin’ and Malcolm McLaren’s Buffalo Girls are in there somewhere too.

And here are those Buffalo Girls along with Rock Steady Crew and Malcolm’s World Famous Supreme Team from 1982…

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And I’ll Have Candy All The Time

I’ve heard this song crop up a few times in different circumstances over the last week or two and where the blog’s concerned I take that as a sign- Bow Wow Wow, fronted by Annabella Lwin, had a pop take on a kind of Burundi beat and rock ‘n’ roll pairing. Masterminded by Malcolm McLaren, he nicked the three blokes from Adam Ant and found Annabella in a launderette aged 13. This got him into bother later when her Mum contacted the police about a photo session when she was aged 15, naked, recreating Manet’s Le Dejeuner Sur L’herbe. This song and Go Wild In the Country were proper big hits and they released three albums before the boys in the band ejected Annabella. I Want Candy is a cover of a song by The Strageloves (who themselves were a made up band, never really existed). The band have reformed various times with one, two or three members plus others. Sadly Mohawked, punkabilly, Gretschslinging guitarist Matthew Ashman died in 1995 of complications due to diabetes.

I Want Candy (Club Mix)

Video, a hit on early MTV, with some large candy props (geddit) and some green screen technology

Bow Wow Wow ‘I Want Candy’ (Kevin Shield’s Remix)

Malcolm McClaren has died aged 64. Lydon hasn’t spoken good of him since about 1978 but without Malcolm, no Pistols, no…. anything really. This lot were a second attempt to subvert popular culture and made some good records. This is the Kevin Shields remix, done a few years ago for that Marie Antoinette film. Don’t be expecting MBV-style sonic cathedrals though- this is the Bow Wow Wow cover of The Strangeloves’ song with slightly different drums.

No picture I’m afraid- my computer currently thinks almost everything internet-based is ‘unsafe’. You’re lucky I’ve managed to get it to publish this.

I Want Candy (Kevin Shield’s Remix).mp3