Why does the album generator hate me?
The range of influences in this album is impressive. I hear Beach Boys, Beatles, punk, African music (particularly Burundi), and glam rock. Adam and the Ants are clearly not overly concerned with mixing these influences or writing idiosyncratic songs, such as 'Jolly Roger,' yet there is a unity to this album that makes it all work. There's a lot to love here. The more I dive into New Wave, the more I'm convinced that it is one of the most forward thinking movements in popular music history.
An album I've never heard of from an artist I've never heard of, nice! After reviewing the Belle & Sebastian album, a band formed by two Stuarts, I'm surprised to find that Adam Ant is in fact also named Stuart. There's some sort of British Stuart invasion that needs to be investigated. I appreciate this album's weirdness. It's got a touch of that '80s new wave feel, but it's mostly dwarfed by a more experimental edge. I wish I could say I liked this, but I didn't. Of course, I liked a few songs, and I can tell why someone would like it (I'm guessing Andrew and/or Alden will love this one), but as experimental as it is, it didn't really grab or hold my interest. The '80s pop/droning rock combo is lost on me. I wouldn't say it's a bad album, but I wouldn't say it's good either. Also, did Death Grips sample "Killer in the Home" on "Spread Eagle Cross the Block"? Maybe not, but the three-chord riff sounds similar. Favorite tracks: Dog Eat Dog, Ants Invasion Album art: really cool picture, very menacing. Giving off some Buffalo Bill, "Goodbye Horses" vibes. I like the inexplicably backwards D in "ADAM," especially because the D in "WILD" is not backwards. Watch out folks, this guy's wacky! 2.5/5
nice, downloaded it
Overrated album from an overrated band
I always liked Adam Ant without really knowing his music that well. This is a fine display of why I like it and possibly also explains why i never got to know it that well. It is a major thump-a- thon - high energy right at yeah. The easiest to hear lyrics are often amusing. Not too much drama; just good fun. Adam has a way to grab hold of you without being arrogant or obnoxious It's a great party vibe and a band meant to be seen live or heard at parties where you're so fucked up you can't hold a normal conversation anyway so why not spin the Ants. The last half of the album did seem to start to fade.
Meh. Nothing standout at all here except for a few, very stupid lyrics.
Bit boring ennit
Punky, upbeat glam pop, definitely an influence on Supergrass and Franz Ferdinand. Irresistible.
Dog Eat Dog has some excellent beat and bass work. This sounds like the sound track for the lost boys in Peter Pan.
So catchy and filled with raw energy and rambunctious vocals p, absolutely love it! I’d give it a 9.5 out of 10!
Lots of good tracks - Los Rancheros and Making History are keepers.
A&A were my first intro to punk - still as fun today
- catchy - SWAG
A little uneven, but good and rockin', nice start to the day.
Fun! Loved the horns!
I thought this was a cool album. It was interesting getting two post-punk albums in a row. I really like the production on this album, it always feels like there's a lot going on
I really really dug this
Welch großartige Pop Collage und vielseitige eklektische Sause. Grandios gealtert auch was den Sound betrifft. Of Montreal verblassen vor Neid und geben sicher nicht mehr als 4.2
Expected the usual 80s synth that seems to dominate anything from the 80s in this list but was pleasantly surprised. Almost verging in talking heads early Post Punk. Lots of kind of fat riffs in there too. Doesn't sound like anyone's taking them too seriously either which I love.
oh dit is een leuke, geeft me een beetje frankie goes to hollywood vibes en die vond ik ook zeer leuk. ik zou dit nog wel eens luisteren.
Unexpectedly gleeful! Always took Adam Ant to be a punk-Shakey Stevens, bit of a joke band. But he's not - this is some seriously good pop-punk. Not surprised was the Brit Award Best Album.
Weird, loud, and at times nonsensical, this album was actually a fun, interesting, wild listen! A good album filled with wonderful glam rock that reminds me of David Bowie. I want to listen to more, however, unfortunately it's just missing that little something special to push it up to five stars.
yeah quite cool
I really like this one. It's like the Animals meets the Talking Heads, but with a little something special mixed in there. Honestly, I can't iterate why I dug this so much. I just did.
This is fucking horrible - I love it. I'm not sure why I actually like this. The lyrics are stupid, the music is stupid, the name and album art are stupid.. there's even a completely random pirate song for absolutely no reason. The band's not even "Adam & The Ants", there's one guy named "Adam Ant". It makes no sense - that's like The Beatles calling themselves "John & The Lennons". This is what the kids like to call "penis music" and I'm here for it. Yeah I gave this a 4/5 and The White Album a 2/5, what are you going to do about it. I am aware that my brain is completely rotten and that I have tiny goblins building aqueducts in my cerebral cortex.
A standout album of the 80s for me
Surprisingly varied. Some corking tracks on here, with few (if any) that were a chore. The twee nonsense of Adam Ant's theatrics distract from a very talented musician.
High concept pop art! Should probably like this. Still good though!
Some of this is catchy enough, but new wave just feels really dated these days. It's not awful, but I wouldn't listen again. I can hear where DTH got a lot of their sound from tho. 3/5.
this kinda goes hard wtf? british boyband rock but a little harder than the beatles and a little bit "drier" if that makes any sense, like someone wrung the beatles out and their hair got greasier and they stopped wearing matching suits. thats just the energy i'm getting i have no idea if this is actually what they look like. it's also giving me sing street/the cure energy. interesting. really like her actually. best described as "pirate rock" i think lmao
Great singles but after that...
My only real issue is that I don't think this music is intended to be played through headphones while writing a blog post. It's intended to be played in the background of a party with an 80s theme for people who are tired of the normal music you'd play at a party with an 80s theme. There were a few bops I thought, although I have a few questions about why there was a song about ranchero sauce. I don't have questions about Jolly Roger. Obviously this guy is a pirate, look at his shirt.
3.5. reminds 9f the adicts
interesting punk rock - felt like I was playing video games like Dave Mira BMX - lots of chant like vocals
Sort of 1980s sea shanty music. Interesting.
I had never listened to Adam Ant prior to this, but have wanted to. I enjoyed this.
Here is another album I’ve never heard of. Walton Goggins appears to be on the front cover of this album dressed like David Bowie. I’m not sure if that is actually Adam on the cover or one of his Ants but I think the ants put the D backwards on the cover. This first song starts out nice enough. Reminds me a little of Duran Duran but the music itself is very different from DD. Lot of dogs yipping but that could also be Michael Jackson. I’m wondering how many of the prior albums reviewed will end up being mentioned during this listen. Actually, Walton Goggins was in Ant-Man and the Wasp and now here we are listening to Antmusic with the Ants (and Adam of course). Is this Antmusic, though? Would an ant find pleasure in this? I doubt it just because they are more concerned with their queen and their work. Just like the last album, I certainly wouldn’t have listened to this music otherwise so I’m glad I’m learning about new sounds. This also feels a little British so I wonder if Adam is from across the pond (especially because ants hate water). Three songs in and Adam already wants to be fed to the lions. I really liked the opening of Los Rancheros, felt like it could be the intro to an 80’s breaking bad show but then Adam and his Ants started singing and I feel like I’m in a circus. OK I’m enjoying Ants Invasion, feels like the perfect invasion song and I feel like the chord is familiar but can’t place it. Now we have arrived at the title track and it starts strong. As I’m listening, I am growing to enjoy this album which is more than I can say for Belle and Sebastian. This feels like the album that would play in a Wes Anderson movie. Kings of the Wild Frontier even sounds like Moonrise Kingdom. But it only lasts so long as most of these songs do. They start strong and some carry through but sometimes those vocals (FIVE! Magnificent…FIVE!) are strange. Ok I’m giving props to the Ants because I know they suggested doing a pirate song. Jolly Roger is fun and makes me feel like I’m on a British ship filled with ants and rats and Adam at the helm. Kind of funny that he is really trying to cover all the bases when it comes to “wild frontiers”: sailing, invasions, wild frontier, rancheros, lions, cowboys. Final thoughts: very interesting album, creative for sure, but nothing to write home about.
It reached No. 1 in the UK Album Chart, and spawned three hit singles: "Kings of the Wild Frontier", which was released in July and reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart; "Dog Eat Dog", which reached No. 4; and "Antmusic",
Some great hits, interesting to listen back
It was good to listen to. I love the drums but I wouldn’t choose it to play again. ***
I liked hearing the original version of Physical that Trent Reznor did over w/Nine Inch Nails
Interesting vibe. Mix of western, mad max, and 80's rock. Not chill.
Pretty good stuff
Pretty good long album
This wasn't an insanely effective new wave, pop punk album for me. Personally found it much more enjoyable when they were dabbling in the pop punk territory as the new wave work on the album generally was either boring or just a touch off putting personally.
Love the drums
So much better than I anticipated.
This album was better than I expected it would be, but still not great. My favourite songs were Antmusic, Los Rancheros, The Magnificent Five and Don't Be Square (Be There). 3/5 stars.
The music of the 80s. AatA were some of the best syntho-pop in the post-punk pop scene. Some of that music comes off as very dated forty years later, this not so much.
5.4/10 Fav track: antmusic Least fav track: don’t be square
Ich finds ganz gut. Bin gerade noch bisschen auf der Suche warum das hier gelandet ist, aber wenn ich mir so das Erscheinungsjahr vor Augen führe: passt schon. Schöne Mischung von Punk-Attitüde mit Glam, Surf und Tribal Beats. Entertaining! War bestimmt spannend wenn man mit Adam und den Ants ausgegangen ist. Extra Props an mich wegen sofortigen Erkennens des Link-Wray-Zitats in Killer In The Home. 3,4!
Some are catchy but not really my thing. This is like the 80s Beach Boys but more chaotic.
I could name two songs by Adam & The Ants off of the top of my head. Neither of those tracks were on this album. I did not recognize any of the tracks, but the whole album sounded like what I remember from the band. Adam & The Ants has a particular drum sound and a complimentary rhythm to the vocals that was present on several tracks. The album brought back memories of early new wave. Based on this album, I would think that their live performances would have been energetic and fun. The album hinted at being worth a second listen, but there was a limited diversity in the music. I just wasn't paying as much attention to the album towards the end. There was at least one track that I'd probably skip. This album is officially "okay".
5/10. Not so bad, but why was there a random pirate song? Maybe I needed to pay more attention
Damn this had some catchy songs but also was pretty annoying , like it combined the elements I dislike of both pop and punk. 5/10
Jolly roger banger!
okay, didn't blow me away
Is this punk? I don't know, it's not terrible, but I don't need to listen to it again. My impression is that it doesn't stand the test of time.
I have gone over 40 years without hearing an Adam & The Ants or Adam Ant album. They didn't receive as much of a following on this side of the pond and I never had to desire to listen to band that dressed as pirates or wore warpaint like American Indians. Admittedly, I've probably seen some Adam Ant videos which didn't help. This was the second album from Adam & the Ants and when I actually listened I didn't dislike it. It was infectious and it had some of that punk, new wave edge the band's sound had before Adam went solo. Much better than I expected, but still not a fan.
Noisy but fun. Must have been an exciting live gig, but I think the drumming is a bit too much for this to ever be a favourite album of mine. Although I definitely enjoy the parts more than the whole.
Op zich aardig maar erg veel van hetzelfde.
It has a death grips sample on it! Also, what's the deal with the genre 'new wave'? The genre title seems completely meaningless, and is used on almost anything from a certain time period. It's like calling music 'indie' nowadays, it means nothing
Some good stuff
nice. combination of early 80s and punk. Some memorable songs.
80’s new wave
I liked this album, but as an album it was a lot. I think I would enjoy this music broken up into smaller doses. As a whole it seemed a bit monochromatic after several songs. You can hear a lot of the New Wave trends that came from this album. Apparently this lead the way. Not something I expect to listen to as an album again, but good and I wouldn’t mind hearing songs off this again.
This was pretty much what I expected.
Not at all familiar with the album, and it was kind of fun. I had hoped that I would like it more since it was new wave and that was something hip back in the day. But there was nothing there that really grabbed me.
Fun new wave music. Not much that leaped out at me as memorable.
I can see why it was exciting at the time, but it sounds pretty generic now.
very very 80s
Distinctive sound with the drumming and chanting, but only 3 good hit singles and a two new wave songs with sinuous groovy bass lines isn't quite enough for anything more than 3 stars, although the style was certainly influential.
Weird and fun, but not much to my taste honestly. I could see this being loved by a very specific kind of person.
Ah the 80s! This was an interesting album that fits my recollection of the time era... Mostly harmless...
i guess it has historic significance for using burundi beat but besides that its alright but nothing spectaculair, reminds me a bit of soft rock/punk
There is so much British music that is legit. This band is yet another cocktail of previous influences, and was clearly influential on what would come later. Another one that makes me think about the Britpop that would flourish 15 years later in the mid-90s. Adam & the Ants also incorporate some of the more ethereal sounds of their time. Which, if I had to differentiate them, would be what I'd say. But that gets to my overall point: Does ANOTHER band like this need to be on the list? I do like it, though.
very strong influence of amerindian sounds... which explains the album cover I guess
I really want to like this - remember that from when I was a kid. But I only really like the hits. It is not consistent
Ok, not terribly exciting
Adam Ant seems to be taking the New Wave 'Revolution' theme a little too seriously with that dumb jacket, but there some authentic new in this album. The trick of starting a song with percussion and drums works the first time, but gets stale and is over used. The drums intro to 'Ant Music,' sounds almost identical to 'Goody Two Shoes' (which reminds me of Jump, Jive & Wail for some reason). Even Kings of the Wild Frontier has the same percussion intro if you get thru the first five seconds of voice. This album is a product of its time and an embodiment of all that was popular. It's a new world that will only exist as a moment in time. The strangeness of the early 80's, synth-y crap, distorted guitars with vocal overlay harmonizing. This is hardcore New Wave, but if I'm gonna listen to the genre, I'd much rather it be the wacky stuff by the guys in yellow suits from Ohio. https://youtu.be/XTNGg0Tj5Aw
Worth the listen.
Some tunes! Some lacking
Bizarre, funky, memey pop.. it has some really hilarious bits to it and a few songs are memorable just on uniqueness, but overall not totally my vibe. 5/10
This is a fun collection of songs, full of absurdity and punk attitude. There is an exuberance and camp aspect to this music that runs contrary to so much of the self-serious post punk music coming out at the same time. I will say this for the band, the Ants sound like pretty much nothing else out there. The foregrounding of multiple drummers with a grinding surf-tinged guitar, performed by a bunch of guys in pirate cosplay? Yes, it was gimmicky, but Adam Ant had more than enough charisma to pull it off. Whatever he was selling, a lot of us bought it. Marco Pirroni's guitar is excellent and deserves a lion's share of the credit for what works on this album. His vibe in "Killer in the Home" is straight out of Link Wray's "Rumble" but he's a surprisingly nimble player who can move pretty effortlessly from jaunty to menacing. Contrast "Don’t Be Square (Be There)" with "Killer in the Home" to see what I mean. The lyrics are frequently silly, but what do you expect from a guy who dresses like that to go to work? Fave Songs: Dog Eat Dog, Antmusic, Killer in the Home, Kings of the Wild Frontier, Feed Me to the Lions, Ants Invasion, Don’t Be Square (Be There)
A little weird, a lot eighties.
Not the worst
Another new wave album! Unfortunately not my favorite new wave band, but they still have a lot to offer musically. I like the glam, weird and unconventional approach to these songs, it feels kind of wild (which suits the album title perfectly). The songs do get a bit repetitive though, and I found myself zoning out about halfway through each song. This album is decent and has good ideas, but I would definitely say its not the best of the new wave genre. I honestly don't have much more to say about it. Favorite track: Kings of the Wild Frontier Least Favorite Track: Feed me to the Lions
The weirder side of the 80’s.
Don't really know what to say other than quite irritating.
I remembered listening to this as a kid and enjoying it, either thats a false memory or it really hasn't aged well. Couple of hit singles and a lot of filler
Boy here's another album that didn't age well. I guess in the early 80s after Punk had run its course this was a bridge and precursor to New Wave. Thankfully it was a mercifully short bridge. Back then cultural appropriation wasn't a thing, but Adam and the Ants did it in spades with Burundi drums and Native American costumes, what a hot mess. Back in the 80s it may have been novel, but its too gimmicky for me now.
Adam tried to start a new music trend with his make-up and burundi drums and it's certainly the kind of thing the Brits would be all-in for in the 80s. Some of the tracks are catchy, but it's more style over substance.
Nothing there to interest me really.
A couple of good tunes, but lots of filler.
I listened to it yesterday but I can’t remember it really which means it probably wasn’t great
Not my cuppa
some okay songs, mostly eh
Couple of songs ok
I have long wanted to appreciate this band, but their estimation by many as a "joke band" does ring a bit true for me. I was a big fan of his solo stuff when I was like 10 years old though. Also I appreciate his role in the punk and new wave movements, but this music falls into some hybrid category that just sounds too glam+gimmicky to me. I'll take Devo instead.
fun listen, a little too poppy for my taste, but interesting style
The Adam Ant entry on this list needs a recount. To my ears, the album that should be on the list is Adam Ant's "Friend Or Foe". Yes, that's the one with "Goody Two Shoes" as well as the title track, "Desperate But Not Serious", "Something Girl" and a great cover of The Doors' "Hello I Love You". It's full of absolute bangers. This album really has only one: "Antmusic". The rest of this is wildly inconsistent, and only hints and the magic Adam Ant would find on his solo work. An apt comparison to Adam Ant and Adam and the Ants would be David Johansen and the New York Dolls.
First Listen. Didn't know any of the songs. A few of them grew on me by the end of the day. I look forward to hearing this one again. 2/5 (for now)
Dog eats dog kicks it off and is a really good song. After that everything's just flat and directionless. The pirate song is pretty fun though.
This is a weird one. I dig the percussion, but everything else just slides too close to punk-y crap for me.
Turned something else on on the way home, so must’ve not liked them that much.
Got annoying quickly. 4/10
Cocaine is a hell of a drug. Its like British, Glam, Pirate Indian music with a twist of punk. 2.4/5 Enjoyment
I loved Adam Ant when I was young. But it was all about watching them perform the singles on Top of the Pops. not sure the album stands up.
Real score 2.5 - the further I got through the album the more bored of it I became
Tja, hier vond ik vrij weinig aan.
Blijf de hitjes "Goodie two shoes" en "stand and deliver" toch het leukst vinden
Meh. Didn't love or hate it. Nothing really to say about it.
At first, this album sounded like a carbon copy of the album I got the day before, but the more intently I listened, I found it to be far less enjoyable. I"m very much not a fan of the vocals and the overall sound is just average
Hmmm, not really my thing
didn't enjoy this as much as I thought
Best Song: Dog Eat Dog. Punkish rolling beat with overlapping vocals. High energy. Worst Song: Don't Be Square (Be There). Elements of this sound like they are intending to sound bad, as if that amounts to punk rock. Absolutely inane lyrics too. Overall: Another album seemingly pulled from a very specific time and place in England that doesn't belong on this list. I easily could have died having never heard this.
Адам и Муравьи. Не понравилось
I can imagine this was new at the time it came out and it is not that bad. But it was okay for one time. Wouldn’t return to this album probably.
Silly and energetic throughout, but a little same and sometimes the dissonant parts of this album take me out.
Wtf happened to the second half
It was an ok album. A little eccentric. A couple songs were recognizable, however, it is not an album I would listen to again.
It must've been the historical context that made this album important, because I'm just not getting it out of context. British art-house post punk with an overtop smack of zeal that borders on being campy and self-satirizing but could also just be a leadman who can't help from being over the top.
Do you ever wonder if Zack Attack (the Saved By The Bell friends’ imaginary pop band in season 4 episode 22’s Rockumentary) actually did exist then broke up but Screech started a side project in 1980 instead of searching far and wide for the meaning of life from the High Geek? Weirdly, I did and I think this album is exactly how that would sound, like a parody of pop music in 1980. In some ways Saved By The Bell’s Rockumentary is a parody of the early 90s. There is waaaay too much color blocked clothing. Post Zack Attack break up Lisa was a US Gladiator, Lethal Lisa. Casey Kasem hosted the Rockumentary. And of course Zack Attack’s hits include too many rock ballads. In fact Screech, Kelly, and Slater demo a song in the studio to ego maniac Zack called School Is A Bore that sounds too much like this album (11:49 mark). 1980 side project Screech should have learned that it was terrible and never played it for 1991 Zack.
I've heard of Adam Ant. But not Adam & The Ants. I wondered, was I wrong the whole time and there is no Adam Ant? Just some guy named Adam with some ants? No, it turns out he really is named Adam Ant. But none of the other members of Adam & The Ants are ants. Why not Andy Ant or Lester Ant? Maybe they weren't as committed to the gimmick. Because Adam Ant was certainly committed to the gimmick. Which was a pirate gimmick? But what do pirates have to do with ants? A legit pirate named Adam Ant would not inspire much terror on the high seas. The makeup and silly facial hair is ok - see Jack Sparrow and De Niro's Captain Shakespeare. I just don't think ants wouldn't make for good pirates. I wanted to hate "Kings of the Wild Frontier." But they sounded like they were just having so much fun. Extra star for embracing it, even if it sucked.
Shite that coulda only come from the insufferable 80's
It's fun and there's some good songs (especially the run of Ants Invasion/Killer in the Home/KotWF) but there's a lot of filler especially towards the end The US version with Physical would probably get a 3, but it's not on the UK version so a 2 it is
Siis hetkinen... Vuonna 2016 tehty albumi ja pitäisi kuulla ennen kuin kuolee? En ymmärrä. Ärsytti kuunnella. Teen poikkeuksen ja annan yhden tähden, vaikka kuuntelinkin kokonaan.
Kauheeta paskaa ja teki mieli luovuttaa jo tokan biisin aikana
Desconeixia completament aquest grup i aquest àlbum. Els primers dos temes m'han semblat interessants però després se m'ha començat a fer pesat, i això que no es tracta pas d'un àlbum gaire extens, poc més de 40 minuts. Té un regust de new wave i post punk que no m'ha acabat d'entrar. Les cançons m'han semblat poc inspirades, no m'han cridat l'atenció. Mira que l'he agafat amb ganes de descobrir un grup nou, però el regust final ha estat més aviat decebedor.
Did not like this album that much, reminded me of the Culture Club but if they were called the tryhard club! (lol, they're trying too hard in my opinion). I don't have anything else to say, disappointed that an album would waste my time like that.
Well that explains what started all the head bangin,body slamming dancing. Adam looks like a David Bowie wannabe but sounds like a Duran Duran groupie. Very wild beat but the words failed to move me. Even with an amazing high intensity beat. Kept losing interest a few minutes into each song. I can image Pee Wee Herman doing his high intensity workouts to this album. But am going to go with “heard it once and won’t repeat that mistake again”.I I will leave saying Adam’s most famous words “Don’t drink Don’Smoke” That is a fun dance song that the ants can go marching 1 by 1.
I don't like whatever this is. They never should have made music videos, seeing them made it so much worse. The audio only songs on Youtube are more tolerable but still just...bad.
Proof that not all songs are Stand and Deliver. Truly boring and shrill sounding.
This is just forgettable and bad. 3/10.
To be fair - I really wasn't in the mood for this genre today.
I just thought it was really shit all the way through basically
Ook hier kan ik weer geen chocolade van maken. Wat een theatrale zichzelf herhalende prut.
nah tanks bruh
Julianne told me to give this a one
Blast from my past. I was 11 when this came out. I think I tried to record from TOTP with a tape deck. How sad. Happy memories. Apart from the singles is doesn’t stand the test of time.