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Dirk Wears White Sox [Original recording remastered]

Adam & The Ants Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (16 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000IAZ8O0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,949 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Car Trouble (Parts 1 & 2)
2. Digital Tenderness
3. Nine Plan Failed
4. The Day I Met God
5. Tabletalk
6. Cleopatra
7. Catholic Day
8. Never Trust A Man (With Egg On His Face)
9. Animals And Men
10. Family Of Noise
11. The Idea
12. Zerx
13. Whip In My Valise
14. Kick!
15. Physical
16. Car Trouble (Parts 1 & 2)
17. Friends
18. Car Trouble
19. Kick!

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Adam and the Ants album ! 19 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When the Ants were having their succesful period in about '81, I bought this album really just to complete my collection of their stuff and to tell the truth, I didn't like it much at the time. It was totally different to the music they were making at that time ( having been recorded 2 years earlier with a totally different line-up ), but after a while it really grew on me. It is a really good, clever album with some excellent songs on it which have stood the test of time. I love " Nine plan failed " and " Never trust a man ( with egg on his face )" the most. The songs are very sparse but very atmospheric. Dave Barbe ( the drummer) stands out on all the songs on this album. He was a very talented drummer who's talents were even more obvious with Bow Wow Wow, but who's rhythms shaped a lot of the songs on this album. It's a pity that this particular line-up only recorded one album together. An underrated classic ! Buy and be pleasantly surprised !
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic 28 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on vinyl when it was first released and when Adam reformed the Ants in the early '80's and their popularity grew I found it hard to convince anyone it was worth buying. "No, it's punk" they cried. Well, time passes and people are eventually sitting up to listen. Don't be left out, buy it now on CD and believe!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cowardice proved much too strong for vice 22 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
I had Dirk Wears White Sox on vinyl, and now have it on CD, Its certainly totally unlike any other Adam & The Ants album, and in fact not at all like any other album I can think of either. Strangely, although it was the Ants earliest album, it sounds kind of darker, more mature, thoughtful and measured than later albums. Although they are so completely different to this that comparisons are pointless.
The extra tracks from the singles are not be missed , good old early Ants punk roots.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Brilliant! 27 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album when it first came out (I had a crush on Adam after seeing him in the film 'Jubilee') and became an avid fan until The Ants went a bit silly in the mid-80s. But to hear Catholic Day, Car Trouble, Day I Met God etc. all these years later, they still sound bloody brilliant! It took me back to being a teenager again!

BUY IT - you won't be disappointed
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ant 1 X Factor 0 27 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
I, like many, was into Adam and the Ants when they released their big hits like Antmusic and Stand and Deliver. All good, commercial stuff. Then I saw him live (twice !) this year and a lot of the songs he did were from this album and absolutely brilliant - raw, dark, edgy songs but catchy at the same time. So I bought this (aged 41 instead of 8 when it came out !) and love it. As other reviewers say, it's still so relevant and a total classic with no duff songs. Brilliant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This remastered debut effort from Stuart Goddard and the first incarnation of his 'Ants' is a real breath of fresh air and the debt owed to it by many of today's guitar bands (Bloc Party for one) is evident throughout the album.
Early singles such as 'Cartrouble', 'Zerox' and 'Kick' hint at the commercial greatness to come, while the edgy 'Nine Plan Failed' and tongue in cheek 'Never Trust a Man (with Egg on his Face) are vibrant bursts of Rock; Adam's guitar heroes such as Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochrane clearly inspiring him.
If you listen to this and then immediately follow it with next album Kings Of The Wild Frontier it is easy to see how Adam's initial raw energy became blunted, however there is no filler here and original versions of Zerox, Cartrouble, Whip in my Valise and Kick! just serve to make this even more of an essential buy for all Ant fans as well as lovers of pure Punk Rock
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex Music For Ant People 20 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
In an era packed with dozens of incredibly original acts, Adam and the Ants were one of the most original. They had their own sound, their own look, their own presentation. I fell for it hook, line, and sinker but more than likely it was because I was going out with a Siouxsie clone at the time, who seemed to know all about underground artistic music.

Dirk Wears White Sox was their first, and came before the look that brought them so much notoriety fully came together. It also featured a very different version of the Ants, in the form of 3 guys who soon made their way to Bow Wow Wow. Sound wise the basic premise is similar, primeval chants and erratic drumming with a uncomfortable slightly darker almost slezzy edge that eats away at your subconscious. and is much less flashy although . Dirk slips somewhere between The Banshee's and Soft Cell; stark and dark with, angular and brittle injections. Not unlike Southern Death Cult a few years latter, So now you know where Franz Ferdinand stole there muse. Sex and religion and flirtatious encounters with voyeurism and S&M run riot through the lyrical imagery.

Dirk Wears White Sox was Adam and the Ants' first album, released on Do It Records in 1979, before Adam went on to fame with "Kings of the Wild Frontier" and became the darlings of the music press. Dirk Wears White Sox features a much more erratic, sometimes brooding sound than Ant's later work. The "Dirk" of the title refers to classic British film icon Dirk Bogarde. No title track was featured on the album, although a song entitled Dirk Wears White Socks (sic) had been played extensively at the band's live concerts.

Adam even invented the concept of the existence of a whole ant mythology and history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art rock
Top album. Forget what came later, this was one of those 'clever albums' from the late 70s, along with Swell Maps, Wire etc that set the standard for pop-punk art-rock call it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. P. Worley
5.0 out of 5 stars im 18 again!!!!!
Ive never heard this since 1984 when my tastes, lifestyle etc went in different directions.
Im now, middle aged, testing my youthful tastes, and I thought, since the new... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wolfers
5.0 out of 5 stars have the whole collection
fan must have, see in concert, bought the tea shirt, now the cd.

adam ant rocks :)

fan for life
Published 3 months ago by jonp
5.0 out of 5 stars dirk wears white sox
Very good earley cd of adam and the ants would reccommend to other people who like that kind of punk music
Published 6 months ago by R. A. Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Better that I remember
The album before they got famous - mostly brilliant, with one or 2 rather iffy numbers. But when I played there were so many more really good tracks than I remembered from the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ian Hayman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Early Adam & the Ants...Buy!
Brilliant, If you want to hear early Adam & the Ants... well worth buying.... can't recommend it enough.... I just love it.
Published 9 months ago by MRS T LOFTHOUSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I was 11 years old when I first heard this album. I had to play it when my Dad was out because of the swearing. Collected Adam Ant vinyl ever since. Now want the collection on CD.
Published 11 months ago by Stewart klincke
5.0 out of 5 stars Before they were famous!
Much as I love the break-through album, 'Kings of the Wild Frontier', this, the only album by the original line-up, is for me seminal Adam and the Ants. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Charlotte Sometimes
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREAT ADAM!nuff said
Remember having the first copy on 'record'and played it till it got scratched up so when i saw the 'remastered versions this had to be mine !BIGTIME ADAM ANT FAN love it!!
Published 14 months ago by Chris Merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars music for ants
certainley a bonus for my cd collection very enjoyable cd should have got it years ago great service yet again thanx
Published 16 months ago by davidstewartcoppillie
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