Pop culture Sunday and what I’m reading to end the week

I’ll be back later tonight with the next installment of the 2015-16 Boston Bruins preview series- the defense.

However, thought I would dedicate Sundays on the blog to elements of pop culture I enjoy- movies, music, books…whatever strikes the fancy. I realize this holds little interest or sway for folks who only come here for the hockey, but others might find it interesting.

For those who only want the hockey, you’ll have to indulge me. Oh, and I’ve thrown some hockey links on good reads I’ve found on the ‘net over the past few days, so check it out.

Be back later with the Bruins defense as I see things.


My dad raised me on classic rock, so I was into non top-40 music at an earlier age than most. By the time I was getting into junior high, I was getting interested in the punk and post-punk (New Wave) movements. Of course, being into a certain girl who loved all of the New Wave staples of the late 70’s and early 80’s had a lot to do with it. She only liked me as a friend, but hey- I discovered a whole different genre of music I probably would have shied away from had it not been for her.

One band (and an early crush) I had was Bow Wow Wow, fronted by the exotic Annabella Lwin, the daughter of a Burmese father and English mother. It’s said that Sex Pistols founder Malcolm McLaren discovered Annabella at a North London dry cleaners where she worked at age 14, and was singing when he happened in one day. He was forming a new band, and he found his new frontwoman, though she was barely into puberty.

She wasn’t that much older than I am (though five years is a lifetime when you’re 11) when Bow Wow Wow first caught my attention, but I recall being captivated by her when their videos appeared on MTV circa 1983. It wasn’t just the mohawk-style haircut- but the energy and sheer charisma she had. Unfortunately, Bow Wow Wow became known more for their cover of “I Want Candy” than some of their edgier originals- “C30, C60, C90 Go!”, “Go Wild In the Country” and “Do Ya Wanna Hold Me”

I missed out on the controversy surrounding the cover of this Bow Wow Wow album’s photo- taken in 1981, when Annabella was just 15. Try doing something like this in 2015 and see where it gets you!

Bow Wow Wow didn’t last- she was booted from the band (for reasons not that clear to me to this day) and, I’m left wondering what could have been had Annabella and Co. stayed together and she matured her vocals and songwriting chops in that environment.

Oh, well…here’s to you Annabella. And here are a couple of my preferred songs from them in case you missed out…

“Go Wild In The Country”- from Top of the Pops- 1982

“C30 C60 C90 Go!”- 1980 (An homage to taping songs on old cassette tapes off the radio)


Sunday hockey hot links and good reads

The always informative Fluto Shinzawa has his Sunday notes in the Boston Globe up:   http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/08/22/scott-gordon-backbench/0Q6V5zSd9pRovA32EaolsM/story.html

Sports Illustrated’s Al Muir gives us a glimpse of the ads on NHL jerseys brou-ha-ha and updates the NHL: http://www.si.com/nhl/2015/08/21/steven-stamkos-jersey-ads-darryl-sydor-dui

The Las Vegas NHL expansion venture is moving onto Phase 3- find out what that means here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2015/08/23/las-vegas-nhl-expansion-process-moving-forward/32223885/

Joe Haggerty of CSNNE continues his “Countdown to Camp” series with Alexander Khokhlachev: http://www.csnne.com/boston-bruins/countdown-bruins-camp-alex-khokhlachev

Speaking of Koko, here’s a look at the next wave of young options for fantasy hockey leagues in 15-16 (Koko, Joe Morrow and Colin Miller make it as honorable mentions): 


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