Video Scene: Songs About Food and Drink, I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow

As a teen in the early 80’s when Bow Wow Wow’s  cover of the song I Want Candy, came out I thought the song was about candy of the confectionary kind. Not cocaine or sex or your drug of choice.   Annabella Lwin, Lead vocalist of Malcolm McLaren’s group, Bow Wow Wow, was in fact a sixteen year old herself. Sometimes I think it would be good to go back to those innocent teenage years, when naivety made the world dream like, anything was possible and if you wanted to find out stuff, you looked it up in a library or in an encyclopaedia and that didn’t guarantee that you would have an answer. The original song by The Strangeloves released in 1965 is apparently about sex because anything carnal couldn’t be mentioned in the sixties.

As an ode to the 80’s go to your local suburban milk bar (if it indeed still exists), grab a bag of mixed lollies or candy of choice and check it out!

The StrangelovesI Want Candy Lyrics

I know a guy who’s tough but sweet
He’s so fine, he can’t be beat
He’s got everything that I desire
Sets the summer sun on fire

I want candy, I want candy

Go to see him when the sun goes down
Ain’t no finer boy in town
You’re my guy, just what the doctor ordered
So sweet, you make my mouth water

I want candy, I want candy

Candy on the beach, there’s nothing better
But I like candy when it’s wrapped in a sweater
Some day soon I’ll make you mine,
Then I’ll have candy all the time

I want candy, I want candy
I want candy, I want candy





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Anna-Maria has been writing for Street Press in Melbourne and Sydney for over 20 years. She is passionate about food, music and the arts, is an avid reader and used to hand write reviews for Beat Magazine at the Great Britain Hotel, where a patron once suggested she was ripping off articles in Rolling Stone magazine.