Adam and the Ants
A New Wave group, formed out of the UK, during the late '70s and early '80s.
Random trivia - In the Judge Dredd story "The Ant Man", (issue 640), one of the three-man-eating ants is called Adam.
As a group, they lasted from '77 to '82, and existed in two incarnations, both of these incarnations were fronted by Adam Ant. Incarnation number one was founded in the May of '77, it achieved massive cult popularity during this time, with the changing music, and changing times, this was an era that had Punk moving to Post Punk, New Wave and New Romantic, and Adam and the Ants, were noted for their highly camp and overtly sexualised stage performances and songs. The final line-up of this first incarnation – Dave Barbarossa, Matthew Ashman and Leigh Gorman – left the band in January 1980 at the suggestion of then-de facto manager Malcolm McLaren, to form the instrumentalist personnel of the controversial Bow Wow Wow.
The second incarnation of Adam and the Ants featured guitarist Marco Pirroni and drummer-producer Chris Hughes and was noted for its use of Burundi drums, this incarnation lasted from February 1980 to March 1982 and achieved major commercial success in the UK and abroad.
They leapt upon the opportunities available with music videos, and the, at the time, new MTV channel, they developed a very theatrical, highly charismatic on-screen persona, their romantic costumes and heavy make-up, cemented them as an early example of the New Romantic movement (though Adam Ant himself has always denied any connection with thus movement). The videos for the singles "Stand and Deliver", "Prince Charming", and "Ant Rap", were lavish, and were produced and storyboarded by Adam Ant himself. These videos gave them a lot of promotion in the USA when MTV began airing them.
- "Prince Charming" features a guest appearance by British screen legend Diana Dors as the fairy Godmother.
- "Ant Rap" features Scottish pop singer Lulu as the "damsel in distress".
Post Break Up
Antbox, a retrospective box set spanning Ant's career from the late 1970s through the 1990s, was released in 2000. The box set included 66 tracks on three CDs, and quickly sold the initial 10,000 units. In 2003 the Antbox set was re-released in a different form (with the same tracks) and sold once again with success.
2004 saw the digitally remastered re-release of the albums Dirk Wears White Sox, Kings of the Wild Frontier, and Prince Charming, with bonus material in the form of previously unreleased demo songs. These were overseen by Marco Pirroni. Kings of the Wild Frontier and Prince Charming were remastered by Chris Hughes (a.k.a. Merrick in the band's line-up).
On 10 September 2008, The Daily Mail give-away for Prince Charming was released with the newspaper.
- 1979 Dirk Wears White Sox (Adam & the Ants)
- 1980 Kings of the Wild Frontier (Adam & the Ants)
- 1981 Prince Charming (Adam & the Ants)
- 1982 Friend or Foe
- 1983 Strip
- 1985 Vive Le Rock
- 1990 Manners & Physique
- 1995 Wonderful
- 2013 Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter
- 2015 Bravest of the Brave
Members Name Check
- Adam Ant – vocals, guitar (1977–1982)
- Andy Warren – bass (1977–1979)
- Paul Flannagan – drums (1977)
- Lester Square – guitar (1977)
- Mark Ryan – guitar (1977; died 2011)
- Dave Barbarossa – drums (1977–1980)
- Johnny Bivouac – guitar (1977–1978)
- Matthew Ashman – guitar (1978–1980; died 1995)
- Leigh Gorman – bass (1979–1980)
- Marco Pirroni – guitar (1980–1982)
- Terry Lee Miall – drums (1980–1982)
- Chris 'Merrick' Hughes – drums (1980–1982)
- Kevin Mooney – bass (1980–1981)
- Gary Tibbs – bass (1981–1982)