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Totally 80’s: Missing Persons, Bow Wow Wow & When In Rome II at The Cave

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About Missing Persons

Dale Bozzio, born Dale Frances Consalvi in Medford, Massachusetts March 2, 1955, is an American progressive rock and new wave vocalist. She is best known as co-founder and lead singer of the 1980s pop/new wave band Missing Persons. She is also known for her work with Frank Zappa. In her solo career, Dale has released three albums and one EP. While with Frank Zappa, Dale performed significant roles in two of his major works, Joe’s Garage, and Thing-Fish.

In 1980, Dale co-founded the new wave band Missing Persons with former Zappa musicians Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio. She became known for colorful, self-designed stage attire incorporating various plastics and tubing, and for a vocal style that features a high pitched flourish or ‘squeak’. In addition to being the band’s lead vocalist, she also contributed appreciably to song lyrics. Missing Persons has released one EP and six albums, including Spring Session M, which achieved gold record status.

After Missing Persons disbanded in 1986, Dale was signed to Prince’s Paisley Park label, which released her first solo album, Riot in English. Its first single, Simon Simon, successfully charted. Since that time, Dale established Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio, and continues to perform Missing Persons repertoire at venues across the United States. She has also participated periodically in reunions of the original Missing Persons band, and has continued her work as a solo artist.

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About Bow Wow Wow

The Sofia Copolla movie, Marie Antoinette, features three songs from Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”, “Fools Rush In” and “Aphrodisiac.” The first two were remixed by Kevin Shields of MyBloody Valentine. Check out the official web site site for other trailers and a video blog featuring Annabella and Leigh interviewed at the recent LA premiere. The movie opens October 20th. Marie Antoinette Featuring Bow Wow Wow’s “I Want Candy”

Bow Wow Wow’s music ranges from simple, goofy, non-sensical tunes to complex, crisp pop masterpieces. Their music has been described as a pastiche of Latin and African beats, 50’s rock-n-roll, and Spaghetti Western soundtracks. The band packaged all of this together with an incredible sense of humor and vigor.

With thundering African/Latin percussion and twangy, Duane Eddy guitars, Bow Wow Wow struggled to maintain a consistent image and sound through a host of record producers in their short life span. But despite the numerous people who shaped their sound from 1980-1983, a strong Bow Wow Wow identity remained intact. That unique style created a wonderful antithesis to the gloom of the London and U.S. music scene in the early 80’s when unemployment and inflation were at record highs in both countries.

The year is 1980 and the place is London. Adam and the Ants were moving away from their “Dirk Wears White Sox” punk days, adopting the driving rhythms of the central African Burundi tribe, the war paint of Native Americans, pirate costumes and swashbuckling antics. This change came about through the mechanisms of the ex-manager/image consultant of the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren. After charging £1,000.00 for his advice and consultation, the Ants (Dave Barbarossa, Matthew Ashman and Leigh Gorman) fell prey to McLaren’s charm and left Adam to find other Ants.

McLaren knew the group needed a lead singer. Legend has it that he discovered the 14-year-old Myant Myant Aye (Burmese for “cool, cool, high”) singing in a north London dry cleaners. With Annabella’s voice, smarts and charm, she fit McLaren’s vision of a musical experience that he sought put.

Bow Wow Wow’s first U.S. hit would have to wait for the release of the “Last of the Mohicans” EP in 1982. That same year, McLaren terminated his involvement with the band and went on to record his own albums. Producer Kenny Laguna, who had worked with Joan Jett, was brought in to record “I Want Candy” and to re-record and fix “Louis Quatorze” (which McLaren had originally produced using a weak mix).

The single from the EP, “I Want Candy,” was a Top 10 hit in the U.K., and made it into the Top 40 on the American charts. Looking back, that song seems to define something essential about the early 80’s. One, it marked a return to the 3 (actually 2:44) minute pop song; Two, the look of the band was just right for MTV, the “beach party” video becoming a staple on the fledgling channel; Three, it offered a wonderful, much-needed optimism for pop and “new wave” fans.

In 1983, tensions in the group were rising. Suffering from illness and exhaustion after intense US touring, they went there separate ways.

Twenty years on, Bow Wow Wow were asked to reform to help KROQ celebrate its 25th Anniversary. The band performed alongside such luminaries as Duran Duran, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, Soft Cell’s Marc Almond and Interpol at the third annual Inland Invasion concert. The 45,000+ sell-out event, held at the Glen Helen Hyundai Pavilion on Sept. 20th 2003, was KROQ’s fastest selling concert ever.

Original members Leigh Gorman and Annabella Lwin were joined onstage by special guest Adrian Young from No Doubt, who took Dave Barbe’s seat behind the drums (Dave had prior commitments in the UK with dance band Cicane), and Phil Gough (who channeled the sound of the late Matthew Ashman).

After having a blast on stage in front of 30,000 + people, Bow Wow Wow decided to continue doing what they do best…playing killer live shows. Over the past 18 months the band have also made numerous radio and TV appearances (including Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Orlando Jones Show, and FUSE TV’s Daily Download), most recently recording segments for third series of VH1’s popular I Love The ‘80’s show. Bow Wow Wow has toured the past decade and Continues to entertain their fans in true Bow Wow Wow style.

Bow Wow Wow’s first U.S. hit would have to wait for the release of the “Last of the Mohicans” EP in 1982. That same year, McLaren terminated his involvement with the band and went on to record his own albums. Producer Kenny Laguna, who had worked with Joan Jett, was brought in to record “I Want Candy” and to re-record and fix “Louis Quatorze” (which McLaren had originally produced using a weak mix).

The single from the EP, “I Want Candy,” was a Top 10 hit in the U.K., and made it into the Top 40
on the American charts. Looking back, that song seems to define something essential about the early 80’s. One, it marked a return to the 3 (actually 2:44) minute pop song; Two, the look of the band was just right for MTV, the “beach party” video becoming a staple on the fledgling channel; Three, it offered a wonderful, much-needed optimism for pop and “new wave” fans.

In 1983, tensions in the group were rising. Suffering from illness and exhaustion after intense US touring, they went there separate ways.

Twenty years on, Bow Wow Wow were asked to reform to help KROQ celebrate its 25th Anniversary. The band performed alongside such luminaries as Duran Duran, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, Soft Cell’s Marc Almond and Interpol at the third annual Inland Invasion concert. The 45,000+ sell-out event, held at the Glen Helen Hyundai Pavilion on Sept. 20th 2003, was KROQ’s fastest selling concert ever.

Original members Leigh Gorman and Annabella Lwin were joined onstage by special guest Adrian Young from No Doubt, who took Dave Barbe’s seat behind the drums (Dave had prior commitments in the UK with dance band Cicane), and Phil Gough (who channeled the sound of the late Matthew Ashman).

\After having a blast on stage in front of 30,000 + people, Bow Wow Wow decided to continue doing what they do best…playing killer live shows. Over the past 18 months the band have also made numerous radio and TV appearances (including Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Orlando Jones Show, and FUSE TV’s Daily Download), most recently recording segments for third series of VH1’s popular I Love The ‘80’s show. Bow Wow Wow has toured the past decade and Continues to entertain their fans in true Bow Wow Wow style.

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About When In Rome II

Remember the closing scene from the cult movie Napoleon Dynamite, voted “Best Picture” at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards? As Napoleon finds some sort of resolution in his offbeat own private Idaho, 80s- throwback lifestyle, a haunting synth chord from that electro-decade surges to the soundtracks surface and a classic piano phrase takes us into the end of the credits. The song is When In Rome 2’s “THE PROMISE”, the signature tune for the movie and still getting regular airplay across the country 18 years after it hit the Billboard Charts. When In Rome 2’s “THE PROMISE” was also # 1 on the dance chart for seven (7) weeks. Two more hits reached the top 100 as well, “HEAVEN KNOWS” and “CHILDS PLAY”. All three hits were released on their debut CD on Virgin Records 1987-88.

When in Rome 2 was an electro-dance trio from England that had a worldwide hit with the Single “THE PROMISE” in 1988. Composed of Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann on vocals, and Michael Floreale on Keyboards and Piano. When in Rome 2 released one self-titled album which sold over 350.000 copies in the US alone. Despite the success of their debut single that reached #10 on the Billboard Top 100 chart, musical differences caused the band to split. Floreale now lives in Dallas, Texas and is an award winning music composer in the TV and Film industry.

In 2006, When in Rome 2’s founding member Michael Floreale was approached by a West Coast agent to reform When in Rome 2 for a major tour with Devo and the Psychedelic Furs. Michael recruited a great new singer, Los Angeles based John Ceravolo, and the pair instantly bonded to form a powerful songwriting team. The haunting melodies of Floreale’s music flows seamlessly with Ceravalo’s insightful lyrics and soaring vocals. The band has been performing successfully all over the USA and South America for the last few years and have performed with many other great acts such as A Flock of Seagulls, Bow Wow Wow, The Romantics, The English Beat and many more. The band recently signed a new record deal with Spectra Records with a great new album soon to be released With glowing testimonies from the live shows and an overwhelming response to the new songs such as “LAST TRAIN” and “EVENTIDE”, When In Rome 2 remain as popular as ever.

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