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A classic of 80s Rock!
on 29 November 2009
I was 8 years old when badgered my Mum to buy the Kings album for my birthday, I just loved the Antmusic track. Much like one of the other reviewers it was the Ants' eclectic sound that drew me in.
Then Prince Charming came out and once again pester-power to the rescue, badgering my Mum to buy it for Christmas 1982. I must have bored everyone to death by playing it non-stop on my Dad's stereo constantly for the whole of the Christmas holiday, so much so they had to buy me my own cheap record deck to get rid of me!
There is something still very fresh about the eclectic mix of sounds they employed, I would almost say they became progressive post-punk, thanks to both Goddard ( Adam Ant ) and Pirroni's stunning ability to write together.
From the opening track Scorpios with it's Tito Puente latin feel, through to the C&W inspired 5 Guns West sing along about pirates?! Then there are the darker more sombre moments with tracks like Mowhok and S.E.X., which made very little sense to young 10 year old (!), but somehow I just loved the dark sombre feel.
There are some low points, Ant Rap was simply a studio lark about I think, but some record exec obviously thought they could cash-in on the very popular, at the time, watered-down rap in the charts at the time.
Of course there were the singles, Prince Charming and Stand and Deliver. S&D I loved, had a really good rock sound, but Prince Charming was just too odd, very little verse structure, then simply repeating the chorus, not so good, but made A&A the household name they are.
It's the really bizarre tracks, like That Voodoo, Mowhok, Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Apes, with it's surreal lyrics to match the subject matter, that really make this a true 80's pop-rock classic, that deserves far more credit than it gets.
I had grown up listening to my parents love of 60s guitar music, which was always bouncy and happy, all of a sudden I found that music could induce despair and feelings of sadness. I had never before heard music that was able to flip-flop between feelings of utter happiness to feelings of misery so quickly. All of which explains why, now in my late 30s, I am massive death metal fan, trying to convince my kids to listen to "real" music instead of mass produced chart junk!
Adam and the Ants were not just another pop-rock band from the 80s, they were true classic pop-rock/post-punk band and the work Goddard and Pirroni did, shouldn't be underestimated. Very sad to see the pathetic UK press picking on Goddard and his personal problems, he deserves more respect.
If you were around at the time but never really got further than the singles and you like a little bit of bizarre rock music, do yourself a favour and buy this album, you won't regret it.