See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!

See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy! (later retitled See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah! City All Over, Go Ape Crazy) is the debut studio album by English new wave band Bow Wow Wow, released in October 1981 by RCA Records.

See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!
Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe as a photograph.
Studio album by
Released16 October 1981 (1981-10-16)[1]
Recorded1981
Genre
Length38:55
LabelRCA
Producer
Bow Wow Wow chronology
Your Cassette Pet
(1980)
See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!
(1981)
The Last of the Mohicans
(1982)

ReleaseEdit

In 1981, after splitting with EMI Records, Bow Wow Wow signed with new A&R head Bill Kimber of RCA Records, and released their first full-length album in October 1981. In support of the album, Bow Wow Wow opened for the Pretenders and the Police in the United States,[2] and in Europe for Queen.[3] In May 1982, they undertook a Japanese tour with Madness.

The album was reissued by Cherry Red Records in 2010 as a two-disc set, retitled See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang / B-Sides. The second disc comprises various non-album tracks, including Bow Wow Wow's most popular single "I Want Candy" and the rare title track of the Teenage Queen EP.

On 25 May 2018, Cherry Red released the three-disc set Your Box Set Pet (The Complete Recordings 1980–1984), which included See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy! in its entirety on the first disc, plus ten bonus tracks.[4] A 180g green/yellow marbled vinyl pressing limited to 2,000 copies worldwide is to be released on 27 May 2022.[5]

Cover artEdit

The album cover photograph, taken by Andy Earl, depicts the band recreating Édouard Manet's Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe. Posing nude was lead singer Annabella Lwin, who was 14 at the time of the album's release. The cover caused outrage, and Lwin's mother initiated a Scotland Yard investigation of the picture as child pornography,[6] which led to a different cover being used for US releases. When the investigation went nowhere,[7] the image was reused for their follow-up EP The Last of the Mohicans.

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [8]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[9]
Record Mirror     [10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [11]
Smash Hits8½/10[12]

See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy! was described by Tom Demalon of AllMusic as a mix of new wave and dance music, "with a heavy nod toward percussion."[8] V writer Joshua Lyon said that the album saw Bow Wow Wow integrating the "frenetic" drum rhythms of Burundian music into their brand of post-punk and Brazilian-inspired pop.[7] It reached No. 26 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 192 on the Billboard 200,[13][14] and produced Bow Wow Wow's first UK top 10 hit single with "Go Wild in the Country" (which also used Bow Wow Wow's take on Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe on the sleeve). "Go Wild in the Country" entered the UK Singles Chart in January 1982, peaking at No. 7, and stayed on the chart for 13 weeks.[15]

In his retrospective review for AllMusic, Tom Demalon wrote, "The results are mixed and you sometimes have the feeling that you are hearing the same song repeated. However, it's difficult not to find yourself drumming your fingers to the frantic beats."[8] Trouser Press found that the album showed "artistic growth", noting, "By downplaying the leering football chants, Bow Wow Wow is able to investigate subtler lyrics and rhythms. And fueled by drummer Dave Barbarossa, they pack quite a wallop."[16] Simon Reynolds, in his book Rip It Up and Start Again, praised the record as "charming and witty and altogether captivating, a pop masterpiece", on which the band "achieved a uniquely ravishing sonic identity."[17] In 2016, Vive Le Rock named it one of the 50 greatest new wave albums.[18]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Matthew Ashman, David Barbarossa, Leigh Gorman and Malcolm McLaren, except where noted. Track titles for the original album are adapted from the 1981 UK issue.[19] Production credits for the original album are adapted from the 1981 US issue;[20] the 1981 UK issue[19] credits production on "Elimination Dancing" to Colin Thurston instead of Bow Wow Wow and Brian Tench, and production on "Go Wild in the Country" and "Orang-Outang" solely to Tench.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Jungle Boy" Thurston2:47
2."Chihuahua" Alan Tarney4:15
3."Sinner, Sinner, Sinner"Ashman, Barbarossa, Gorman, Annabella Lwin,[a] McLaren[b]Tarney2:23
4."Mickey Put It Down" Thurston3:03
5."(I'm a) T.V. Savage" Thurston2:40
6."Elimination Dancing"Ashman, Barbarossa, Gorman, Lwin,[c] McLaren
  • Bow Wow Wow
  • Tench
3:04
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
7."Golly! Golly! Go Buddy!" Thurston2:38
8."King Kong" Thurston2:20
9."Go Wild in the Country" 
  • Bow Wow Wow
  • Tench
2:44
10."I'm Not a Know It All"Ashman, Barbarossa, Gorman, Lwin,[c] McLaren[d]Thurston2:54
11."Why Are Babies So Wise?" Thurston2:55
12."Orang-Outang"Ashman, Barbarossa, Gorman, Lwin,[a] McLaren[d]
  • Bow Wow Wow
  • Tench
2:44
13."Hello, Hello Daddy (I'll Sacrifice You)" Thurston4:28
Total length:38:55
See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang / B-Sides disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Prince of Darkness (Sinner! Sinner! Sinner!)" (single version)Ashman, Barbarossa, Gorman, Lwin, McLaren
  • Bow Wow Wow
  • Tench
2:22
2."El Bosso Dicho"Ashman, Barbarossa, GormanThurston2:12
3."I Want Candy"Bert Berns, Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard GottehrerKenny Laguna2:44
4."Louis Quatorze" Laguna2:48
5."Mile High Club" Laguna3:27
6."Louis Quatorze" (re-recording) Laguna2:48
7."Mile High Club" (re-recording) Laguna3:26
8."Teenage Queen"Ashman, Barbarossa, Gorman, Lwin
  • Terry Thomas
  • Kazuo Yoshie
3:23
9."Joy of Eating Raw Flesh"Ashman, Barbarossa, GormanThurston3:23
10."Cowboy"Ashman, Barbarossa, Gorman, Pierre Grillet, McLaren, Stephane PietriLaguna3:31
Total length:30:05

Notes

  1. ^ a b Credited on 1981 UK issue;[19] uncredited elsewhere
  2. ^ Credited on 1981 UK issue[19] and by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers;[21] uncredited elsewhere
  3. ^ a b Credited by the Australasian Performing Right Association;[22] uncredited elsewhere
  4. ^ a b Credited on 1981 UK issue,[19] on 2010 See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang / B-Sides reissue[23] and by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers;[21] uncredited on 1981 US issue

PersonnelEdit

Bow Wow Wow
Technical

ChartsEdit

Chart (1981–82) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 26
US Billboard 200[14] 192

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Smash Hits" (PDF). Smash Hits. 1–14 October 1981. p. 6. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  2. ^ Archer, Lauren (22 May 2018). "Your Box Set Pet! Bow Wow Wow's Complete Recordings!". Cherry Red Records. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  3. ^ "1982". QueenOnline.com. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  4. ^ Sinclair, Paul (27 March 2018). "Bow Wow Wow / Your Box Set Pet: The Complete Recordings 1980–1984". Super Deluxe Edition. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  5. ^ Sinclair, Paul (13 April 2022). "Bow Wow Wow / Bow Wow Wow's debut reissued on coloured vinyl". Super Deluxe Edition.
  6. ^ McLean, Craig (19 April 2012). "Bow Wow Wow haven't lost their bite". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  7. ^ a b Lyon, Joshua (6 September 2016). "Annabella Lwin and the History of Bow Wow Wow". V. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Demalon, Tom. "See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah! City All Over, Go Ape Crazy – Bow Wow Wow". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "B". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved 17 August 2020 – via robertchristgau.com.
  10. ^ Smith, Winston (10 October 1981). "Jungle Jive". Record Mirror. p. 12.
  11. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Bow Wow Wow". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 99–100. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  12. ^ Rimmer, Dave (15–28 October 1981). "Bow Wow Wow: See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy". Smash Hits. Vol. 3, no. 21. p. 25.
  13. ^ a b "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Bow Wow Wow Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  15. ^ Roberts, David, ed. (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). Guinness World Records Limited. p. 133. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  16. ^ Isler, Scott; Robbins, Ira. "Bow Wow Wow". Trouser Press. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  17. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2006). "Sex Gang Children: Malcolm McLaren, the Pied Piper of Pantomime Pop". Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984. Penguin Books. p. 259. ISBN 0-14-303672-6.
  18. ^ "The 50 Greatest New Wave Albums Ever". Vive Le Rock. No. 36. 2016.
  19. ^ a b c d e See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy! (liner notes). Bow Wow Wow. RCA Records. 1981. RCALP 3000.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  20. ^ See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah! City All Over, Go Ape Crazy (liner notes). Bow Wow Wow. RCA Victor. 1981. AFL1-4147.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  21. ^ a b "ACE Repertory – Mc Laren Malcolm Robert Andrew". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  22. ^ "Works Search – Bow Wow Wow". APRA AMCOS. Retrieved 9 December 2020. Type Bow Wow Wow in the Performer field and then press Search.
  23. ^ See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang / B-Sides (liner notes). Bow Wow Wow. Cherry Red Records. 2010. CDBRED452.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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