Friday, November 2, 2012
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McLaren persuaded guitarist Matthew Ashman, bassist Leigh Gorman and percussionist Dave Barbarossa of the original lineup of Adam And The Ants to leave Adam Ant and form a new group, fronted by teen singer Annabella Lwin. McLaren was also going to use Boy George (later of Culture Club fame) as a second lead singer, but he was deemed to be “too wild” for the band.
McLaren discovered fourteen year old Lwin while she was working at a dry cleaners, and the group’s sound was a mix of her “girlish squeal”, Balinese chants, surf instrumentals, new romantic pop melodies, and Barbarossa’s Burundi ritual music-influenced tom tom beats, though later moving towards heavy metal. The group released three full-length albums before Lwin quit to pursue a solo career, or was kicked out, in 1983.