The Wolfmen featuring the legendary Marco Pirroni (Adam and the Antz / Rema Rema / Models / Banshees) and Chris Constantinou (Drill / Adam and the Antz) have released their first two singles on Damaged Goods
The first one is a 4 track 10″ featuring ‘Jackie Says’ Up All Nighter’ ‘Needle In The Camel’s Eye’ (a Brian Eno cover) & ‘If You Talk Like That’.
Here’s a nice biog from their site…
“It’s where The Velvet Underground, T-Rex, Adam & The Ants and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas are plundered to make retro rock and roll for the 23rd century…”
The Wolfmen formed in 2004 and centres around Marco Pirroni (guitars, co-writer) and Chris Constantinou (bass, lead vocals, co-writer). Both have quite a history.
For Chris it starts as bass player with Diz Watson, the quintessential exponent of New Orleans/Professor Longhair-style piano and barrel house blues. From there he moved to his late 70s rock band Drill (who worked extensively with Chas Chandler) and then Adam Ant, who he joined in 1982.
By that stage, Marco Pirroni – a lynchpin of the UK punk scene from Siouxsie And The Banshees, The Models and Rema-Rema – had taken Adam and The Ants to worldwide acclaim, co-writing five number one singles and a further four top tens, with Adam. When the Ants disbanded in 1982, Marco had remained as Adam’s co-writer and musical director, starting off with a number one single (Goody Two Shoes) and album (Friend or Foe), followed by nine more top 20 hits. The former gave Marco his third Ivor Novello award.
Chris and Marco went their separate ways in the mid-90s, with Chris forming the Miles Copeland-managed SF Go with Danny Kustow (TRB, Glen Matlock), followed by a co-writing project with Bow Wow Wow’s Annabella Lwin, which spawned the hit single Do What You Do (Sony, 1994), complete with Farley & Heller and Junior Vasquez mixes. This lead to a song writing partnership with multi-Ivor Novello winner Guy Chambers, before Chris took centre stage with post-punk outfit JackieOnAssid, releasing two albums (2001’s 4Play and 2002’s Zip Me Up), touring extensively, soundtracking award-winning British filmmaker Paul Hills’ 2003 movie The Poet and supporting Iggy Pop.
By the time they came back together to form The Wolfmen, Marco had added co-writing and performing credits with Sinead O’Connor to his CV, as well as releasing the acclaimed SEX: Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die and Biba: Champagne and Novocaine albums on his own label, Only Lover Left Alive.
The Wolfmen sees song writing duties being shared between Chris and Marco. Chris Hughes – whose credits range from Robert Plant to Paul McCartney – is also producing several tracks. With a debut album nearing completion, the first sounds of The Wolfmen are leaking out of a TV near you: on major ad campaigns (including Heineken USA) and documentaries, including NBC Universal/Bravo’s I Predict A Riot, a ten part series examining 30 years of UK riots from Brixton 1981 to Ikea 2005.