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Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on May 24th, 2016


A. Front

“I Want Candy” is a song written and originally recorded by the Strangeloves in 1965 that went to number 11 in the United States. It is a famous example of a song that uses the Bo Diddley beat.

English new wave group Bow Wow Wow released their version as the first and only single from their EP The Last of the Mohicans. For many in America, “I Want Candy” was their first introduction to young lead singer Annabella Lwin and the band. The song barely scraped the Top 50, but became an enduring new wave classic. The song gave its name to the band’s 1982 release, I Want Candy, which was mainly a compilation, but included a couple of new cuts produced by Kenny Laguna (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts).

The popularity of Bow Wow Wow’s recording, highly associated with 1980s pop music, is partly due to the memorable video that got heavy play in the early days of MTV.

The Bow Wow Wow recording appeared on two VH1 countdowns:

  • No. 86 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s”
    No. 8 on VH1’s “100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the ’80s”

The 12″ single release contains the longer “Remix” version.

I Want Candy (Remix) 3:33
Written-By – Berns*, Feldman*, Goldstein*, Gottehrer*

Cowboy 3:32
Written-By – Barbarossa*, Gorman*, Ashman*, Grillet*, Pietri*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1982 I Want Candy U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #62
1982 I Want Candy U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #22
1982 I Want Candy U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #36


Label: RCA ‎– RCAT 238
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave

Producer – Kenny Laguna

Side A is a Remix but not listed as such on sleeve or label

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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12 Responses to “Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy (UK 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Such a New Wave classic Paul!! You do more than right by us with so many marvelous tracks, it boggles my mind and stimulates every fiber of my being. This band is so great and I have such a soft spot for Annabella too. And speaking of her, another heart-felt thank you for her solo record, “War Boys” as I never thought I’d get that in the super-duper quality that you are famous for!!

    This is such a summery type of song that screams of sun and mega-fun. So looking forward to the remix too as it is another sweet surprise you delight us with.

    You’re the BEST!!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff. Happy summer vibes 🙂


  2. VanceMan Says:

    I had no idea there was an alternate version; every release I’ve seen has the same mix and I’m delighted to find this version. Thanks so much for sharing.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome VanceMan 🙂


  3. Omar Says:

    Thanks for bringing back some cool new wave Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  4. Davos Via 45 Says:

    Charts are not everything, this is a New Wave classic which got huge airplay when it was released and yes, Annabella was a hot babe!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I still hear it today on 80s oriented radio stations 🙂


  5. Anonymous Says:

    I’ve collected Bow Wow Wow for years and never realized there was even a remix for this, as it’s never been listed as such. Thank you so much for sharing this!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome 🙂


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  7. Muff Diver Says:

    So many memories stemming from your uploads! Thank you, Paul.


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