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Kings Of The Wild Frontier

Adam & The Ants

1980

Kings Of The Wild Frontier

Album Summary

Kings of the Wild Frontier is the second album by English new wave band Adam and the Ants. It was released in November 1980 by CBS Records International. This album introduced the Burundi beat sound to popular music.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", released in December and reaching No. 2, as well as No. 1 in Australia for five weeks. The album was the UK number 1 selling album in 1981 (and the 48th best seller in 1980) and won Best British Album at the 1982 Brit Awards.

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Rating

2.85

Votes

4568

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Punk
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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

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.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
1

Why does the album generator hate me?

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

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.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

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

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Overrated album from an overrated band

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Thu Nov 19 2020
5

nice, downloaded it

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

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.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

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. 

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Definitely music

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Meh. Nothing standout at all here except for a few, very stupid lyrics.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

Bit boring ennit

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

Punky, upbeat glam pop, definitely an influence on Supergrass and Franz Ferdinand. Irresistible.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

Dog Eat Dog has some excellent beat and bass work. This sounds like the sound track for the lost boys in Peter Pan.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
5

So catchy and filled with raw energy and rambunctious vocals p, absolutely love it! I’d give it a 9.5 out of 10!

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

really interesting new-wave hard-rock had a lot of really great stuff in there 9/10

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

loved it!

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Behind the idiosyncratic sounds of early 80s post punk/new wave--which have aged quite well given the revival surge of these sounds occuring in the British scene these days--, behind the experimental drive borrowing a lot of disparate elements here and there, from Glam Rock and Surf Rock to traditional Burundi rythms and Tex Mex / Western Country twangs, behind all those endearing and/or hypnotic details, there's one thing that this record displays that's cruelly missing in a lot of the more obscure cuts sometimes suggested by Dimery's list among well-known landmarks: infectious pop melodies. They're here played with an undeniable sense of fun, and the end result is here a record which is anything but pretentious, and yet manages to impress you from the get-go with its manifold stylistic twists and turns. I was barely aware of who Adam Ant was before his name popped up on this app. From what I hear, his overall discography will be quite hit or miss for me. But it only took one exhilarated spin of this particluar record to make the latter a new late-70s/early-80s favorite of mine, along with the greatest albums of Siouxsie And The Banshees, Wire, The Cure, Bauhaus, Gang Of Four, The Clash, The Damned, This Heat and the likes. An awesome discovery. Whoever in Dimery's team was in charge of that specific scene has great taste. I will thank him forever, along with the creator of this app. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 853 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 81 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 36 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 31

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Sun Sep 18 2022
5

New wave, pop punk

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Sun Oct 16 2022
5

Love this album, busted out the vinyl for this listen

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Tue Sep 22 2020
4

Lots of good tracks - Los Rancheros and Making History are keepers.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

A&A were my first intro to punk - still as fun today

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

- catchy - SWAG

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

A little uneven, but good and rockin', nice start to the day.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Fun! Loved the horns!

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

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

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

I really really dug this

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

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

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

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.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

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.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

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.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Quite weird.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

yeah quite cool

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Sun May 08 2022
4

A standout album of the 80s for me

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Mon May 16 2022
4

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.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

This was the first album I bought, on cassette, aged 10. Loved it at the time and it’s still a classic. Favourites then and now are Ant Invasion, Killer In The Home and The Human Beings

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Really enjoyed this one - definitely a cool new discovery. Dog eat dog is the fav but has a great new wave feel but not so out there that it wouldn't be attractive to a wider audience. Preferred A side to B side.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

That was a surprisingly rocky and fun album, which takes itself just the right amount of seriously - not as glam and hammed up as the live act seemed to be. Enjoyed that.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Loved it! Serious Oingo Boingo vibes!

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

I generally like the approach to percussion throughout the record, as well as all the chanting. It's charm wears off a bit by the end, particularly on "Jolly Roger," but I'll forgive that one since he developed a fairly unique sort of hybrid sound. At times reminds me of Brian Eno's early solo albums. Also, I loved the era when shooting album cover photos off of TV screens was en vogue. Particularly when they paired it with a bright red font.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Cultural appropriation aside, this was peak Adam & The Ants. They descended into a pantomime act after this album.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Nice and wild and fun

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

They created a very distinctive sound - twin drummers. The range of material is a bit limited but it shook things up a bit. The singles are great but the other tracks aren't quite so good.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

Pop-punk. Curioso. Un 4, venga.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

"Stand and Deliver" and "Prince Charming" were decade-defining hits in the UK, so it's pretty weird the album they were on isn't the one on this list, eh? Not having heard any Adam and the Ants apart from those singles, I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was quite a fun listen! A little punky edge to the poppy new wave, plenty of variety, yeah, I can get behind this. Gonna check out the "Prince Charming" album off the back of this too! Fave track - "Feed Me to the Lions", perhaps? "Jolly Roger" was fun too. Also liked "The Omlette From Outer Space" if we're including bonus tracks...

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

What lovely Burundi Beat glory we have here! I thought of Bow Wow Wow as I heard this (insofar as similarity) and was surprised to read that Malcolm McClaren had pinched Ant’s original backing band for BWW prior to this record. Amazing stuff then, this record. I wanted to give it a 3.5 but I cannot, but then I listened to the additions to the US version of this and realised that it needed the full 4 star rating. I love me some New Wave!

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

1981 Rural midwestern kid with access to only one top 40 radio station - then our town got cable, MTV and also an introduction to Adam and the Ants. My friends and I loved the attitude, camp and revolutionary beats and fashion. Fun stuff for all the boys and girls. Nostalgia aside, this album holds up pretty well. A lot of great 90 second songs that stretch to 3+ minutes. ‘Dog Eat Dog’ is the highlight for me and has been a song I’ve gone back to regularly over the years. ‘Ants Invasion’ is another standout I had not listened to for decades - great lyrics, and I’m glad to hear it again. This is a strong 3.5, and rounding up for the Antpeople.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

High concept pop art! Should probably like this. Still good though!

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Tue Dec 08 2020
3

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.

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Mon Nov 30 2020
3

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

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Great singles but after that...

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

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.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

3.5. reminds 9f the adicts

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

interesting punk rock - felt like I was playing video games like Dave Mira BMX - lots of chant like vocals

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Sort of 1980s sea shanty music. Interesting.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

I had never listened to Adam Ant prior to this, but have wanted to. I enjoyed this.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

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.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

It reached No. 1 in the UK Album Chart,[6] 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",

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Some great hits, interesting to listen back

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

It was good to listen to. I love the drums but I wouldn’t choose it to play again. ***

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

I liked hearing the original version of Physical that Trent Reznor did over w/Nine Inch Nails

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Interesting vibe. Mix of western, mad max, and 80's rock. Not chill.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Pretty good stuff

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

Pretty good long album

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

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.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Love the drums

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

So much better than I anticipated.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
3

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.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

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.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

5.4/10 Fav track: antmusic Least fav track: don’t be square

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Sun Aug 22 2021
3

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!

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Some are catchy but not really my thing. This is like the 80s Beach Boys but more chaotic.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

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".

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Sun Oct 03 2021
3

5/10. Not so bad, but why was there a random pirate song? Maybe I needed to pay more attention

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Sun Oct 03 2021
3

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

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Jolly roger banger!

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

okay, didn't blow me away

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

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.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

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.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

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.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Op zich aardig maar erg veel van hetzelfde.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

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

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Some good stuff

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

nice. combination of early 80s and punk. Some memorable songs.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

80’s new wave

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

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.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

This was pretty much what I expected.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

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.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

Fun new wave music. Not much that leaped out at me as memorable.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

3/5

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Tue Feb 15 2022
3

I can see why it was exciting at the time, but it sounds pretty generic now.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

very very 80s

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

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.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

Weird and fun, but not much to my taste honestly. I could see this being loved by a very specific kind of person.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Ah the 80s! This was an interesting album that fits my recollection of the time era... Mostly harmless...

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

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

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

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.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

aight

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

very strong influence of amerindian sounds... which explains the album cover I guess

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

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

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Ok, not terribly exciting

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

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

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Worth the listen.

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Mon May 16 2022
3

Some tunes! Some lacking

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Wed May 18 2022
3

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

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Sun May 22 2022
3

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)

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

A potently rhythmic style of new wave, with TWO drummers to emphasize the Burundi beat that drives the album. Some songs are really great, as they lean into a gritty form of new wave. Other songs end up being duds, but it's certainly not a waste of anyone's time.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

This was a pretty fun album. Not sure if it's "good" but the songs were catchy and it kept my toe tapping.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Classic early 80s rock.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

I like a lot of his stuff way more. I wonder why this one made the list.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

This was just ok. Nothing really grabbed my attention so kind of surprising this had so many big hits.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

I got Animal Collective vibes from this album and am excited to come back to it

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

This album has such a silly groove that I simply can't help enjoying it. The unique percussive elements take a back seat at the same time the Ants slow things down, which is less than ideal. Well worth a listen nonetheless.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Typische new wave muziek.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Didn't remember how much i liked Dog Eat Dog and Antmusic. Both completely banging songs. I like the african drum vibe that carries through a lot of the music, but outside of the first two songs, there's nothing that is really great. A bunch of fine songs and a pretty unique sound.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Good old fashioned punk. Not a whole lot here, though. Kind of experimental in places.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Dog eat dog- chorus doesn't do anything for me Ant music - pre chorus and chorus catchy👍 Feed me to the Lions - random hey hos in chorus really throw me off Los Rancheros - what is with the random chanting in the chorus? Quite fun tho👍 Ants invasion - not sure what he's going on about but I like it👍 Killer in the home - quite repetitive, not a catchy hook. Kings of the wild frontier- some weird pretending to be native American which makes me uncomfortable today, but this is undeniably interesting👍 The magnificent five- someone take the western movies away😭 Don't be square - feel like I'm joining a cult👍 Jolly Roger- this is bizarre, feel like I'm listening to an ancestor of stand and deliver, think I'd rather listen to that Making history - I like this one, think it is quite clever👍 The human beings- very simple lyrically, I think this works. At least he's finally stopped relating the band to a nouveau native American tribe Very interesting album, with different vibes, including some very themed songs. Lyrical content questionable sometimes 3/5

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Very weird album haha. I had pretty high expectations after the first few tracks but I feel like it went a bit downhill from there. Kind of typical British 80s sound (plus the weirdness). Does the vocalist want to fuck bugs? Sure sounds like!! Fav tracks: Dog Eat Dog, Ants Invasion

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Ant music!

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Top 3 Songs: 1 - Ants Invasion (5) 2 - The Magnificent Five (8) 3 - The Human Beings (12)

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

me gustó pero bueno chill tmp me enloqueció 7.5 / 10

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Pretty bang average pop punk rock

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

3/5. An fun album of talking heads inspired music. But there are a few quite annoying songs that bring this album down some.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

interesting tunes

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

I wasn't expecting the You're So Physical band to sound like analog Animal Collective.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

3.8 - Overall, a fun listen but extremely ironic. It's art music in the most arch sense of the term. The burundi drums at the end of "Dog Eat Dog" are sweet, as are the loud coked-up vocals. If someone told me this song was the inspiration for "Rio" by Duran Duran I would agree vehemently. "Antmusic" is kinda neat but it's too self-referential in a "Wang Chung"-y sort of way. "Feed Me To the Lions" sounds like a campy approximation of Roxy Music, and it's pretty amazing. On that song the timpanies, gnarly guitar, "ay-oh-ay-oh" background vocals in the chorus work really well together. I lose the thread around "Jolly Roger", a whacked out pirate biddy - it's actually cooler than it sounds but still not amazing. I love the chorus of "The Human Beings" ("Blackfoot, Pawnee, Cheyenne, Crow Apache, Arapaho...").

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Thu May 06 2021
2

1980: Antmusic

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

A little weird, a lot eighties.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Nope.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

yawn

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Mon Feb 22 2021
2

Not the worst

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

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

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

The weirder side of the 80’s.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

Don't really know what to say other than quite irritating.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

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

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

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.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

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.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
2

Boring

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

Nothing there to interest me really.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

Meh

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

A couple of good tunes, but lots of filler.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

Didn’t like

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

I listened to it yesterday but I can’t remember it really which means it probably wasn’t great

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

Not my cuppa

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

some okay songs, mostly eh

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Couple of songs ok

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

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.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

fun listen, a little too poppy for my taste, but interesting style

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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

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.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

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)

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Sun Sep 26 2021
2

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.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
2

This is a weird one. I dig the percussion, but everything else just slides too close to punk-y crap for me.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

Turned something else on on the way home, so must’ve not liked them that much.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
2

Got annoying quickly. 4/10

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Fri Oct 29 2021
2

Cocaine is a hell of a drug. Its like British, Glam, Pirate Indian music with a twist of punk. 2.4/5 Enjoyment

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Fri Nov 05 2021
2

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.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

Real score 2.5 - the further I got through the album the more bored of it I became

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

Tja, hier vond ik vrij weinig aan.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

Blijf de hitjes "Goodie two shoes" en "stand and deliver" toch het leukst vinden

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

Meh. Didn't love or hate it. Nothing really to say about it.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
2

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

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

Hmmm, not really my thing

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

It looks like he wants to be avant-garde but it really doesn't feel very creative

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Mon Jan 03 2022
2

didn't enjoy this as much as I thought

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Sun Feb 13 2022
2

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.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
2

Адам и Муравьи. Не понравилось

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

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.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
2

Silly and energetic throughout, but a little same and sometimes the dissonant parts of this album take me out.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

Wtf happened to the second half

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Thu Mar 24 2022
2

It was an ok album. A little eccentric. A couple songs were recognizable, however, it is not an album I would listen to again.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

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.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

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.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

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.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

Shite that coulda only come from the insufferable 80's

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Mon May 16 2022
2

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

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Wed Jul 20 2022
2

Their fashion was more interesting than their sound

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Mon Jul 25 2022
2

Didn’t find this one too enjoyable. Felt like it was more popular in the 80s than it would be now. Some of the songs lyrically are quite bad. The sound is just a very strong 80s sense which was decent I guess but I don’t see myself revisiting this one. 3.8/10

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Mon Aug 08 2022
2

Ouains.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
2

I had a wild time with this. I was climbing in the car after visiting my mom and she asked what I was listening to. I said "Adam and the Ants," described the project and went on my way. Halfway home, I had this inescapable waking nightmare where I get into a horrific crash and my mom takes up listening to my last album as a way of mourning. Then at some point she becomes familiar enough to kinda dig it, and thinks of me fondly while nodding her head to "ant music for sex people, sex music for ant people." In summary, I did not have a great time. The apparent "Burundi beat," however, did remind me of the excellent Naked Eyes song "Always Something There to Remind Me" and I learned it's actually a cover of a very good 1964 version by Lou Johnson. So there is a silver lining.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
2

Never heard of them and didn’t particularly like them

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Tue Sep 27 2022
2

I can’t take them seriously

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

The lat 70s, early 80s were a wild and untamed era of musical experiments, and one of the more interesting ones was Adam and the Ants (fronted by Goodie Two Shoes Adam Ant). This album however is probably best relegated to the late 70s, early 80s.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
2

Hmmmmm

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Thu Nov 03 2022
2

Eh, a little too weird for me. It had it'a moments, though.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
2

Another underwhelmer, although I went into this with lower expectations. Nothing that stands out at all, it's not awful but it's not something I'll ever be tempted to come back to. Falls somewhere in the cracks between punk, glam, and new wave without seriously troubling the best of either. 2/5.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
1

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.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
1

Kauheeta paskaa ja teki mieli luovuttaa jo tokan biisin aikana

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Thu Feb 04 2021
1

Meh

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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

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.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
1

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.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
1

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.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
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.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
1

Proof that not all songs are Stand and Deliver. Truly boring and shrill sounding.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
1

This is just forgettable and bad. 3/10.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
1

To be fair - I really wasn't in the mood for this genre today.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
1

I just thought it was really shit all the way through basically

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Wed Nov 10 2021
1

No.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
1

Ook hier kan ik weer geen chocolade van maken. Wat een theatrale zichzelf herhalende prut.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
1

nah tanks bruh

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