Wednesday, 3 October 2018
NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "ADAM ANT/ADAM & THE ANTS" PART 1
A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR. THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU. HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!
ADAM ANT/ADAM & THE ANTS
PLAYLIST PART 1
From the original 1979 Adam And The Ants' debut album, "Dirk Wears White Sox", arguably the most innovative Punk Pop album, comes quite a few tracks. Nine of the album's 12 tracks are on the playlist. The Punk ballad "Digital Tenderness", the dark "Nine Plan Failed" and the rip roaring darkly comical religious rocker "Day I Met God", one of my favourite Ant tracks are all here. The unusual emotive love song "Tabletalk" and a kind of humorous homage to "Cleopatra" all couldn't be ignored. Also included is the Ants' take on Kennedy's assassination in "Catholic Day" and the weird and wonderful aliens story "Never Trust A Man (With Egg On His Face)". The manic "Animals And Men" and the almost Pop style of "Family of Noise" make it onto the list.
1980 saw a new Ants lineup after Malcolm McLaren took Adam's band to form Bowwowwow. With it came a new songwriting partneership between Adam and guitarist Marco Pirroni. "Kings Of The Wild Frontier" was the breakthrough album with its double drumming, "burundi beat" tribal sound. One of the best albums of the 80s and possibly one of the most original. Again nine of the 12 tracks appear on my playlist, such was the quality of the set. The singles, "Antmusic", "Dog Eat Dog" and "Kings Of The Wild Frontier" are all famous from 80s playlists and Top of the Pops' appearances. The first "cowboy" twang Ant song, "Los Rancheros" name checking Clint Eastwood and the quite brilliant "Feed Me To The Lions" take places. Also here are the two "Ant anthems", "Ants Invasion" and "Don't Be Square (Be There)". The fun pirate shanty song "Jolly Roger" and the dark, but superb "Killer In The Home" finish this set's tracks.
A year later in 1981, came in quick succession another Ants' album and another image change. "Prince Charming" brought a little more orchestral and Adam said it was rushed, which is why its probably not high on Antfans' best albums list. I only could choose my ultimate favourites tracks so there are only 4. The singles, obviously, the brilliant title track and another Ant anthem, "Stand And Deliver". The other two tracks are "Scorpios", a track which did work with the brass backing and the extremely quirky "Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios" or Picasso Visits The Planet Of The Apes, sounds mad and it is, but sounds great!
Keeping hold of just Marco, Adam decided to make a solo career, and his first album was "Friend Or Foe" released in 1982. After experimenting with brass instruments on "Prince Charming" he took it to a new level with this album. One of my favourite albums to chill out to. After the disappointment of the previous album, nine tracks were plucked from this one to my playlist. The fabulous singles "Goody Two Shoes", "Friend Or Foe" and the slow ballad "Desperate But Not Serious" had to be included. The mid tempo half ballad singalong "Something Girls" and the uptempo chugging of "Place In The Country" take places with the fantastic cover version of The Doors' "Hello I Love You". Making up the nine are the almost dark "Here Comes The Grump" and two brilliant Pop singalongs in "Made Of Money" and "Try This For Sighs".
This is probably not one of the fans' favourite albums, "Strip" released in 1983 was also poorly received by critics. However, I chose 8 of the 10 tracks for my playlist as I love this album, it showed a more mature writing and singing for Adam. The single "Puss 'N Boots" was the stand out track and is obviously here, another great video and even "Strip" was a great video with the lovely Mary Stavin. Both songs had catchy choruses. "Baby Let Me Scream At You" and "Playboy" are classic Pop while "Libertine" and "Spanish Games" are a little more quirky. "Navel To Neck" is one of my favourite tracks while "Vanity" and "Playboy" show Adam's more mature vocals.
I AM SURE MANY FANS WILL BE DEBATING THE INCLUSIONS AND THE TRACKS NOT INCLUDED, BUT I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS PLAYLIST INTERESTING, CHECK BACK FOR MORE ON NEW MUSIC EAR!