Monday, 14 May 2018


The 80s for me is still the greatest music era, such variety and the emergence of the music video and the "stars" were justifiably named so.

From Abba and The Sweet to Blondie, from Bon Jovi to Prince and Madonna, my first proper fan experience was with Adam and the Ants. 

Adam Ant with his band epitomised the 80s.  With forays from Punk to New Romantic, from Pop to Rock and the mini movies Adam put the fun back into music.  He is still an idol to Antpeople everywhere.

From that first appearance on Top of the Pops singing "Dog Eat Dog", the Ants captured me as a 12 year old boy with their look, sound and originality.

This was going to be my first taste of fandom, I was hooked.  I bought magazines and the back catalogue of music, anything about this new refreshing, exciting band.

Rockers mocked Adam, punks said he sold out, but there was something unique about this guy.  Everything he said and did had teenagers, parents and grandparents keen to take him as an excellent role model.

I remember getting up early to watch Breakfast TV when I heard there was a first showing of "Stand And Deliver" and "Prince Charming", every video had a great fun storyline.  Not often seen today, Adam drew storybooks of every video to accompany the songs and had an input in everything.  

Adam inspired me to write more songs and poems and as he started as a graphic designer I dreamt of following in his footsteps into the world of music.  It didn't quite work out that way for me but the inspiration was there.

I still bought all his records after the Live Aid performance of "Vive Le Rock" when everyone assumed he was finished.  He went to L.A. to begin an acting career but records after that were quickly bought up by fans, although not major hits.

 My collection of Ant memorabilia and music still make me smile, as it takes me back to a good time in my life.  I had no worries, life was free and the future looked bright.

Adam's music was for me fun and honest, although in hindsight there were hidden messages of regret, despair and anger behind the smiles.  These only came to my notice when reading his recent autobiography which made me respect him even more.

He struggled with depression and fits of mania and once tried to take his own life.  Stalkers made his life hell and eventually he broke to pieces a few years ago to end up in a mental hospital.

Adam Ant is unique, through all of his trauma and pain and even the stealing of his first band by Malcolm McLaren he has fought back to do what he loves best, the music.

After a lengthy absence Adam came bouncing back with an Independently released album "Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner's Daughter" in 2013, said to be the "Kings Of The Wild Frontier" sequel, a period that Adam thought was unfinished.  A single "Cool Zombie" was also released to critical acclaim.  A documentary film about Adam's life now by Jack Bond was also released called "The Bueblack Hussar". 

Sell out tours followed and it is clear there are still hordes of fans out there for the Antman.  Rumours of a new album have been around for a couple of years supposedly entitled, "Bravest Of The Brave" and we wait eagerly for this to appear.

Antpeople will always hold him in high esteem, a quiet genius with a vision who became an idol to millions.  Now he is a happy human being again and should be given respect for setting the platform for the 80s, a decade of the best music, video and artists of all time.

It's dog eat dog in this world, and the king of the wild frontier became a Prince Charming.  Whether you are friend or foe, he made life a tiny bit more wonderful.

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