I first saw Bow Wow Wow open for the Pretenders way back and I thought they were an entertaining opening act and liked their groove. Something nudged me to pick up this album a while later, and after one or two listenings, I became a huge fan. Forget about all that crap about Malcom Mclaren or the lead singer being sixteen, this was one great original band. Their musicianship is top notch, their songs are melodic and while the lyrics are pretty out there, the music is really fun. As a musician myself, I really appreciated the way this band combined different genres into their own unique sound. I used to call it "African Surf" music.
"See Jungle" as this album was originally called, is really a gem. I would give almost every song on it an A for having a cool melodic hook, some really great guitar and bass playing, and originality. The songs on this album make "I want Candy" look like kids stuff, they are as innovative and well written as just about anything of their era.
I gotta say that I consider the bass player (can;t remember his name) to be the Stanley Clarke of New Wave, his mastery of melody is only exceeded by his technical skill. The guitar player (now deceased) had a great style, and he will always be on my top ten list of favorites.
Buy this Album!