Adam and the Ants

The first video clip features Adam Ant's video Cool Zombie from 2012 which was included on the album Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter - yes, that really is the title!

 

In 1979, the original Adam & The Ants released their first album "Dirk Wears White Sox". Sadly, they disbanded shortly after the album's release.

However, a new line-up and a new sound saw bigger commercial success for the band. Released in 1980, "Kings Of The Wild Frontier" spawned three hit singles, "Dog Eat Dog" which reached no.4 in the UK charts, "Antmusic" which reached no.2 and the title track which reached no.2 again.

More success followed with the release of the final album, "Prince Charming" in 1981. This was the peak of the band's career and there were three more hit singles - "Stand & Deliver", which was No.1 for five weeks in the UK, "Prince Charming" (Also a No.1 in the UK and featuring Diana Dors in the video) and "Ant Rap", which reached No.3 in the UK.



                              Adam Ant at Myspace

In October 1982, Adam Ant released his first solo album "Friend Or Foe", featuring the singles "Goody Two Shoes" which reached No.1 in the UK, "Friend Or Foe" (no.9) and "Desperate Not Serious" which was a minor hit reaching no.33.

Sadly, Adam Ant was on the slippery slope after this when his second solo album "Strip" was released in 1983, reaching only no.20 in the UK charts. However, the single "Puss 'n' Boots" did do well and reached no.5 in the UK singles chart. Another album "Vive Le Rock" released in September 1985 just failed to reach the top 40, reaching no.42. However, the single "Apollo 9" did hit no.13 a whole year earlier in September 1984. The one year gap between the release of this single and the album probably didn't do Adam Ant any favours as pop music buyers are a fickle bunch!

Adam And The Ants poster magazine from 1981
Poster magazine from 1981

Adam Ant - Vive Le Rock (Live Aid 1985)

This song was the title track and second single release from Mr Ant's third solo album. It was the follow-up to Apollo 9, but only peaked at #50 in the UK during 1985.
Vive Le Rock - Adam Ant

Adam Ant on Tiswas (1981)

Here is Adam being interviewed by Sally James on the Saturday morning Kid's UK TV Show Tiswas in 1981.

Adam Ant being interviewed by Noel Edmonds on Swap Shop in 1981

Apologies for the poor quality of this video, but as with the Tiswas video above, it is an old home recording from the early 80s!

Adam Ant on the Jools Holland Show
Austin Powers meets Captain Jack Sparrow for Mr Ant's latest look! Here is Adam performing his classic hit Stand And Deliver live on Jools Holland's Hootenanny in 2012.
 

 

Adam Ant being interviewed by Lee Hawkins in 2012
Adam Ant being interviewed by Lee Hawkins in 2012