I think it was about 1983 when I first saw Adam and The Ants. If memory serves, I saw them on Top Of The Pops and was instantly smitten by Adam and his colourful band of highwaymen, known as The Ants. Back in the day, there was nobody else like them (in my 6 year old mind - that is) I wasn't impressed by Duran Duran, or even that bothered by Howard Jones. My older sister liked both of them so I wanted my own idol.
Sadly, I wasn't old enough to go to concerts or dress up, so my memories aren't massively exciting. Of course, Adam's lyrics were not suitable for children, but it wasn't the words that mattered to me. It was the big drums, cinematic videos, yodelled choruses and that amazing look! In my eyes, Adam was the most beautiful man I had ever set eyes on.
In my research for this post, I've been rather taken aback by the realisation that back in the 80's, I only owned one Adam Ant album (Strip) and two singles (Stand & Deliver, Goody Two Shoes) 'Stand...' was the first single I ever bought with my pocket money, pretty sure I bought 'The Land Of Make Believe' by Bucks Fizz around the same time. Oddly, my copy of 'Good Two Shoes' doesn't have the picture cover. Proudly, I still own it! What's to bet my dad picked it up? No doubt from one of his fave bookstores in Biggleswade that sold a few singles. Remind me to ask him later and post an update, dear readers. Even though I owned so few recordings, I played the ones I did have over and over again. That music was (and is) massively important to me.
Speaking to my mum over skype today. She said, that actually I didn't ask for Adam Ant music for Christmas or birthdays. She reckons it was later on that I came back to Adam. When I was old enough to understand the lyrics. Perhaps that is true? I definitely remember re-listening to the 'Prince Charming' album in France, when I was about 16. Then absolutely loving it, along with 'New York City' and 'Thunderwing' by Marc Bolan.
As an adult, I can safely call myself one of the 'Ant People'. Adam's strong style and bold sexuality, suit me perfectly. His gritty, sweaty early style, brings to mind my own teenage years. Hard drinking, getting crazy and not caring about tomorrow. His 'Dandy' period helped me though a brief gender identity crisis. Let's just say, I called my self 'The Dandy Stranger' and dressed up. All to the sounds of 'Prince Charming' and 'Without you I'm Nothing' by Placebo - Yes, I'm a mixed up girl but I credit Adam for giving me the strength to express who I was then. Even if it didn't last.
I'm so thrilled he's back and performing again. From what I've seen on Youtube, Adam's looking & sounding great. Read the next post for his the latest tour dates. Watch out for album reviews too!
Here then, are a few of Adam's best masterpieces. May he always hold the title of England's most dynamic, talented and beautiful highwayman!
Dog Eat Dog
Kings Of The Wild Frontier
Stand & Deliver
Goody Two Shoes
Puss In Boots
Desperate But Not Serious
Vive Le Rock