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Music / Adam and the Ants

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"I got Marco, Merrick, Terry Lee, Gary Tibbs and yours truly"
—"Ant Rap", Prince Charming

Adam and the Ants were a British rock band that had two incarnations, both fronted by Adam Ant. The first ran from 1977-1980 and featured:

  • Matthew Ashman (guitar and backing vocals)
  • David Barbarossa (drums)
  • Leigh Gorman (bass guitar)

The second incarnation spanned 1980-1982, and featured:

  • Chris Merrick Hughes (drums / record producer)
  • Terry Lee Miall (drums)
  • Kevin Mooney (bass guitar)
  • Marco Pirroni (guitar)

Studio Discography:

Compilation Albums:

  • 1990 - Antics in the Forbidden Zone
  • 1994 - Antmusic: The Very Best of Adam Ant
  • 1994 - B-Side Babies
  • 1990 - The Very Best of Adam and the Ants
  • 2006 - Stand and Deliver
  • 2007 - Dandy Highwaymen (The Best of..)

Box Sets:

  • 2001 - ANTBOX

Tropes that apply to the band and their career as a whole (Note: See the individual album pages for their specific tropes)

  • Artist and the Band: Adam (Ant) and the Ants (the other guys).
  • Dressed to Plunder: The general Ants aesthetic. Sashes, big buckled belts, long leather boots and puffy sleeved shirts.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Antmusic: The Very Best of Adam Ant, The Very Best of Adam and the Ants, Dandy Highwaymen (The Best of..).
  • Intercourse with You:
    • "Physical (You're So)"
    I want you hard in my arms
    So soft on my bed
    • "Don't Be Square (Be There)"
    Antmusic for sex people
    Sex music for antpeople
  • Live Album: Adam and the Ants Live at the Marquee 1978
  • New Romantic: While musically closer to Glam Punk, their second incarnation was considered part of the scene.
  • New Wave Music
  • Post-Punk: Dirk Wears White Sox is on the gloomier, artier side of British Punk.
  • Punk Rock: Were part of the British Punk scene in the late 70s, though Adam had his issues with it, stating in "B-Side Baby":
    I think 'Punk' is an overused word, as a matter of fact
  • Shout-Out: Happens several times in their songs just before a guitar solo, where Adam will call out to guitarist Marco, or say for example, "You'd better listen to Marco".
  • Stage Names: Adam Ant AKA Stuart Leslie Goddard and Merrick AKA Chris Hughes.
  • Take That!: "B-Side Baby" has one to Punk Rock and Joey Ramone:
    I think 'Punk' is an overused word, as a matter of fact
    I hate Joey Ramone when he says he's gonna beat on a-
    He's going to find himself down an alley with his face beaten flat
    And a spray job in bright pink letters, saying "B-R-A-T spells"
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz:
    • All the Ants albums have 'ADAM' written as 'AⱭAM'
    • Very early in their career, mainly on singles and Dirk Wears White Sox, 'ANTS' is spelled 'ANTZ'.