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Bow Wow Wow - c30 c60 c90 (1980)

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"C·30 C·60 C·90 Go" is the debut single by English new wave band Bow Wow Wow. It was written by Malcolm ...

"C·30 C·60 C·90 Go" is the debut single by English new wave band Bow Wow Wow. It was written by Malcolm McLaren, Matthew Ashman, Leigh Gorman and Dave Barbarossa. Originally only released on cassette, it was the world's first-ever cassette single.

Release

The single was originally released solely on cassette. EMI refused to promote the cassingle due to lyrics ("Off the radio I get constant flow/Hit it, pause it, record and play/Turn it, rewind and rub it away") that promoted home taping during an era when music piracy was a hot-button issue. The B-side, "Sun, Sea and Piracy", was also on side 1 of the tape, making the second side blank, presumably so the listener could follow Annabella's lead.

After several weeks, it was also issued as a vinyl 7" single, reaching No. 34 on the UK Singles Chart and staying on the chart for seven weeks. The song was ranked among the top 10 "Tracks of the Year" for 1980 by NME, as was their cassette-only debut mini-album Your Cassette Pet. Your Cassette Pet contained only eight tracks, and was not available on vinyl, making it only eligible for the singles chart, and not the UK Albums Chart.

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