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Music for a future age. Don't be square, be there! All good clean fun, whatever that means.
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Kings of the Wild Frontier is the second studio album by Adam and the Ants, released in 1980. It was the first album done with the new band line-up. Hit singles were "Kings of the Wild Frontier," "Dog Eat Dog," and "Antmusic."


Tracklist:

Side One

  1. "Dog Eat Dog" (3:11)
  2. "Antmusic" (3:37)
  3. "Feed Me to the Lions" (3:03)
  4. "Los Rancheros" (3:30)
  5. "Ants Invasion" (3:19)
  6. "Killer in the Home" (4:22)

Side Two

  1. "Kings of the Wild Frontier" (3:56)
  2. "The Magnificent Five" (3:07)
  3. "Don't Be Square (Be There)" (3:32)
  4. "Jolly Roger" (2:11)
  5. "Making History" (2:59)
  6. "The Human Beings" (4:32)

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Bonus Tracks:

  1. "Physical (You're So)" (4:26)
  2. "Stand and Deliver" (3:06)
  3. "Press Darlings" (4:12)

Principal Members:

  • Adam Ant - lead vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
  • Chris "Merrick" Hughes - drums
  • Terry Lee Miall - drums
  • Kevin Mooney - bass
  • Marco Pirroni - guitar

Feed Me to the Tropes:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "Killer in the Home:"
    I live the life that I've been left
  • Album Single: "Kings of the Wild Frontier," "Dog Eat Dog," and "Antmusic."
  • Alliterative Title: "Dog Eat Dog."
  • Broken Record: "Press Darlings:"
    We are the press darlings (14x)
  • Call-Back: In "Don't Be Square (Be There)" the line, "Dirk wears white socks," is a call back to the title of their debut.
  • Continuity Nod: Much like their previous album, Dirk Wears White Sox the album continues ant and warrior imagery.
  • Concept Album: Much like their stage act all the songs allude to warrior images, in this case The Wild West.
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  • Face on the Cover: A close-up of Adam's face.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: "Los Rancheros."
  • Heavy Meta: "Antmusic."
    So unplug the jukebox and do us all a favour, yeah, yeah
    Yeah, yeah, that music's lost its taste
    So try another flavour: Antmusic
  • Hurricane of Puns:
    • "Ants Invasion" makes a pun on the word "ants" and "antics:"
      Too many antics in the forbidden zone
    • "Press Darlings"
      We depress the press, darlings
  • Intercourse with You:
    • "Don't Be Square (Be There):"
      Ant music for sex people
      Sex music for ant people
    • "Physical:"
      I want your rough house, maybe
      I want this night in your ear
      You let me feel your danger
      I want to make this feeling clear, oo-hoo
  • Injun Country:
    • "The Human Beings:"
      Blackfoot, Pawnee, Cheyenne, Crow, Apache, Arapaho
    • "Kings of the Wild Frontier:"
      I feel beneath the white
      There is a redskin suffering
      From centuries of taming
  • Lampshade Hanging: "Don't Be Square (Be There):"
    And love goes to war, whatever that means
  • List Song: "The Human Beings" just names a bunch of Native American tribes.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: "Ants Invasion," a song about an invasion of ants.
  • Record Producer: Chris Hughes, AKA drummer Merrick.
  • Real Time: "Ants Invasion" has the protagonist thinking about whether he should take a decision. The first verse has the time set at 10:35, the second at 10:36 and the third at 10:38, which is also when he realizes he made the wrong decision.
  • Remaster: In 2004, with six bonus tracks.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Kings of the Wild Frontier" is a shout-out to the TV series based around Davy Crockett, who had this as a subtitle.
    • "Killer in the Home" references Native American chief Geronimo:
      But deep inside Geronimo is tearing me apart
      I've seen him in the streets
      And I've seen him in the pictures
      Killer in the home
    • "Los Rancheros" is a shout-out to Clint Eastwood and his Western films.
      A few dollars more
      They'll hang me high
      (...) Rancheros (Clint)
      (...) Rancheros (Eastwood)
    • "Jolly Roger:"
      Of all the pirates on the seas
      The worst of them was Blackbeard
      So damnable a fiend from Hell
      He was the one they most feared
      Any man who sailed with him
      Was taking quite a chance
      He'd hang them from the gallows
      Just to see if they could dance, haha
    • "The Magnificent Five" is a shout-out to the western The Magnificent Seven.
  • Take That!: "Dog Eat Dog:"
    You may not like the things we do
    Only idiots ignore the truth
  • Title Track: "Kings of the Wild Frontier," but the title doesn't appear in the lyrics.
  • Worst Aid: "Killer in the Home:"
    Oh well, they cut you half with a gun
    And they give you a band-aid

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