Thursday, November 29, 2012

Adam and the Ants - Stand and Deliver

One of the more theatrical bands to come out of the late 1970's punk / new wave movement in the U.K. was Adam and the Ants.  The band started as an art / punk band, evolved more towards glam / new wave, and put out several solid singles (and a bunch of great videos at a time when this was rare).  The band was known for their striking look and soon emerged as one of the leaders of the new romantic movement in Britain.

Interestingly, while Adam and the Ants never charted in the U.S top 100, they had 7 top 10 hits in their native U.K., including two #1s (and yes, "Stand and Deliver" is one of them; "Prince Charming" was the other).  "Stand and Deliver" was the lead single from the third (and final) Adam and the Ants album, Prince Charming, which was released in 1981.

The following year Adam broke up the band, although he continued to work with guitarist Marco Pirroni, and began recording under the name Adam Ant.  [As an aside, this has led to some confusion over whether a song is Adam Ant and or Adam and the Ants, not that it makes a ton of difference.]  Ant continued to have success in the U.K., and even had some U.S. chart successes, helped by MTV.  However, Ant decided to focus on acting after his 1985 album, Vive Le Rock and he effectively left the music industry for the rest of the 1980s.  Subsequently, he continues to sporadically record music (and tour).  Amazingly, I believe that his  more recent efforts (albums in 1990, 1995 and perhaps 2012) are surprisingly good, and worth a listen.

So without further ado, here is the dandy highwayman himself.

More coolness:  a brief making of video for "Stand and Deliver."  Note that I have added a Making of label to the right, for those who are interested.

1 comment:

  1. I DIG Some Adam and the ANTS.
    They may be huge in the UK not so much in 1981 Midwest USA
    This track and Dog Eat Dog, Antmusic...
    What a singles only enjoyment.
    I own Kings of the Wild Frontier and Prince Charming.
    Even the 80's solo Adam Ant recordings.
    And it's difficult to listen to all the way thru trac by trac.
    Yet, there's always one or two Great songs.
    They just sound Eighties Love IT