ADAM AND THE ANTS
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
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.
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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.
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 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!
Adam Ant performing "Vive Le Rock" at Live Aid in 1985
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 BEING INTERVIEWED BY NOEL EDMONDS