ADAM & THE ANTS "DOG EAT DOG"

by Mark Nobes, chief editor

"Dog Eat Dog" was Adam And The Ants breakthrough single, reaching #4 in the UK Singles Chart in 1980, helped by a Top Of The Pops performance in October of the same year. The song was the band's second single from their second album Kings of the Wild Frontier, and the follow-up to the title track which had previously stalled at #48. However, a re-release in 1981 reached #2 in the UK.

"Dog Eat Dog" was the first of two hits to break the US Mainstream Rock Charts, reaching #15. The other one was the follow-up single Ant Music which reached #14 on the rock charts, and #2 in the UK singles chart.
The song was penned by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni. The lyrics are about showing no mercy while engaging in competitive behaviour, and were inspired by a quote by Margaret Thatcher. However, I am still none the wiser as to what the line "Leapfrog the dog and brush me, daddy-o" is referring to, but perhaps we're not meant to!

The B-side

The B-side of the UK vinyl (CBS 9039) featured a track called "Physical (You're So)", which began life as the more uptempp "Antpeople". The band performed the song live on John Peel's Radio 1 show. The newer version was re-recorded in the summer of 1980 while recording tracks for the album Kings Of The Wild Frontier.
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The Kings of the Wild Frontier album topped the charts in the UK and went Platinum. In the US it peaked at #44 and achieved Gold status.

Adam & The Ants managed to break into the UK Top 40 nine times during the early 80s, with Stand & Deliver and Prince Charming being the band's most successful tracks, both topping the singles chart. The band officially split-up in March 1982, leaving Adam Ant to pursue a successful solo career.

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