Bow Wow Wow

Do You Wanna Hold Me?

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When Bow Wow Wow broke with manager/Svengali Malcolm McLaren in 1982, everyone assumed that would be the end of them. Of course, people had thought that about Adam & the Ants, too; while Bow Wow Wow's post-McLaren success was on a much smaller scale, they did manage the best single of their career, and one of the most infectiously joyous songs of its era, with 1983's "Do You Wanna Hold Me?" Dropping the whole sedition-and-sex act that was key to the McLaren era in favor of a straight up bubblegum-glam sound courtesy of producer Mike Chapman, "Do You Wanna Hold Me?" combines a zippy, Caribbean-influenced rhythm section with twang-surf guitar parts, adding Annabella Lwin's giddy, hiccuppy teenage vocals (and, crucially, a call-and-response backing vocal by her male bandmates that's right out of one of Chapman's glam-era singles) and lyrics that are babbling something about Disneyland and California and...well, the lyrics aren't the important thing. The key to the song is the utterly unforgettable chorus, which is impossible to listen to without bouncing around the room with an embarrassingly soppy grin on one's face. "Do You Wanna Hold Me?" is silly, disposable pop at its finest.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going 1983 One Way Records
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 10 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 3:14
The Best of '80s Rock, Vol. 6 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records
The Best of Bow Wow Wow [RCA] 1996 RCA 3:12
No Image 1997 BMG International 2:37
40 Hits: 1980-1984 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 3:15
I Want Candy: The Best of Bow Wow Wow 2003 BMG Special Products 3:14
I Want Candy: Anthology 2003 Castle Music Ltd. 3:16
We Are the '80s 2006 RCA 3:14
Your Box Set Pet: The Complete Recordings 1980-1984 2018 Cherry Red 4:49
The Best of the 80s
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 4:59