Well here's a thing, who would have thought this album would have stood the test of time so well? But then again the Ants did incorporate tribal drumming before virtually anyone else, spaghetti western guitar before Morricone became hip, yodelly/yelpy vocal bits before Morrissey, and (okay I'm starting it to stretch a bit) background vocals chanted in unison before Gregorian chant was rediscovered. There's also some African sounding ringing guitar in there on 'Don't Be Square (Be There)' and then there's the sea shanty of 'Jolly Roger'. But it's the sheer songwriting smarts and enthusiasm that are staggering. Whilst the most celebrated bands of the early noughties (Franz Ferdinand, TV On The Radio, The Rapture etc) indulge themselves with post punk/no wave jerkiness and/or Beefheartian squall, Adam and Marco Pironni managed to incorporate weird elements and still make uncontrived, singalong, danceable records that did actually manage to bother the charts. They also created and referenced their own mythology in the actual songs ('Antmusic', 'Ants Invasion') and that's before we even start on their visual image. Oh, and with its enduring Wild West theme, does this count as one of the first punk/new wave concept albums? What more could you want from a group? A sense of humour? Yes, that's there too. A special mention has to be go to Marco Pirroni for this reissue, the remaster sounds brilliant, the package is lovingly collated and the bonus tracks are the icing on the cake.