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The band Bow Wow Wow caused a scandal in August 1981 because the album cover for its debut restaged the classic 1863 Manet painting "Le Dejeuner Sur L'herbe," ("Lunch On The Grass") featuring the band - with lead singer Annabella Lwin as the erotic "nude".

However, mohawked Lwin was only 15 years old at the time and some critics, including Lwin's mother, were not pleased.

And so began a legal battle between Lwin's mum and the band's manager- the connniving and brilliant Malcolm McLaren, the same fella behind the Sex Pistols, who discovered lil' Lwin working behind the counter at a dry cleaners when a year before.

The album, "See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!,'' was released in England a month later with a different cover.

However, I got a copy Of a Bow Wow Wow EP in America with the Manet mimic cover. Did you?

Remember those fantastic Bow Wow Wow singles from all throughout the bands' career?

"I Want Candy?" "Do You Want To Hold Me?"

"Louis Quartoze" & "Cowboy"?

with all the fun, frantic tribal beats?

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:14pm]


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