ADAM AND THE ANTS - Songs And Albums
By Mark Nobes and Hannah Johnson
The band wearing pirate clothing on thePrince Charming LP rear sleeve
Adam Ant Fashion - The Dandy Highwayman
"Young Parisians" and "Xerox"
The original vinyl sleeve fro "Young Parisians" (1978) released by Decca
Dirk Wears White Sox (1979 Debut Album)
In the late autumn of 1979, the original line-up released their first album, Dirk Wears White Sox, which was a commercial success, reaching No.16 in the UK album charts and achieving Gold sales. Sadly, this line-up disbanded shortly after the album's release.
Just one single was released from the album entitles "Cartrouble" which failed to chart. A re-release in 1981 reached No.33 in the UK.
Drummer Dave Barbarossa, bassist Leigh Gorman and guitarist Matthew Ashman were persuaded to leave the band by Malcolm McLaren to form Bow Wow Wow in January 1980, which featured a similar sound, but their success was short-lived.
Nonetheless, Malcolm McLaren can be thanked for introducing Adam Ant to the distinctive Burundi tribal drum beats and chants.
Kings of the Wild Frontier (1980 Album)
A new line-up and a new sound saw bigger commercial success for the band. Released in a year later in November 1980, the second studio album Kings Of The Wild Frontier reached No.1 in the UK album charts, achieving a Platinum sales certificate. It also achieved Gold in the U.S., and 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 also reached no.2.
Prince Charming (1981 Album)
Adam Ant of the front cover of Record Mirror March 28th 1981 and wearing his iconic Hussar military jacket and white tribal war paint.
Adam Ant's Solo Career
Sadly, Adam Ant then found himself on the slippery slope in terms of commercial success, 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" managed to reach 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!
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ADAM ANT ON TISWAS IN 1981
Here is Adam being interviewed by Sally James on the Saturday morning Kid's UK TV Show Tiswas in 1981.
Adam Ant at The Masonic in 2017