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Adam Ant’s Triumphant Return?


Did you ever sit around with your friends and wonder whatever happened to Adam Ant? Perhaps you sang a few bars of “Stand And Deliver” or “Goody Two Shoes”, or pranced around the room singing “Strip”. Adam had some hits in those fabulous, extravagant, self-indulgent 80’s. Before those solo feats, he had some notoriety as the leader of the Bowiesque Adam And The Ants.

Perhaps you noticed he fizzled out and faded away somewhere near the beginning of the 90’s?

You may have even heard that Adam suffered from mental illness and ended up in a mental institution in the early 2000’s.

Or maybe you didn’t.

Did you know he is back with a new album that just came out this week?

The title is “Adam Ant is The Blueblack Hussar Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter”. A title that makes you wonder if they let him out of the asylum a bit too soon.

Well, I listened to this album, three times.

First listen. It’s long, 17 songs long. Pretty ambitious for a return. I heard Bowie, T. Rex, Roxy Music, Velvet Underground, 70’s punk and even some Adam Ant in here. Nice combination.

Second listen. Now wait a minute. The first half has the above familiarity to it. Yes, I get it, it’s Adam Ant doing his glammy-camp thing. Somewhere around the midpoint and towards the end, it gets quite interesting. Adam breaks the mold on three consecutive songs. “Viviennes Tears”, “Who’s A Goofy Bunny” and, “How Can I Say I Miss You” . Then he returns to form on the final song, “Bullshit”. This is a solid album.

Third listen. Holy crap. I love this album.

I watched the video of the opening song “Cool Zombie”. It shows an aging chubbier Adam dancing in a pirate outfit, ala Jack Sparrow. It’s borderline ridiculous. No, wait. It’s ridiculous, borderline embarrassing. No, Wait. It’s embarrassing. Adam’s leather pants days are long gone.

The album is listenable, interesting and enjoyable. Whether it will achieve any commercial success for Adam Ant remains to be seen. I hope it does well enough to keep his mental health in tact.

Welcome back Adam Ant. Excellent job, but lose the outfit.

Adam Ant (live on Jools Holland) – Vince Taylor


About Stevie GB

60 year old stand up comedian from Long Island. My approach to comedy is telling the truth about being married, middle aged and living in the suburbs. I enjoy making people laugh without making them feel uncomfortable. My act is clean and clever. Featured in Newsday and on News12. Winner of the Huntington Arts Council Laff-off, 2006. 3rd place winner of LI Press Best of LI 2011, A regular on The Long Island Comedy Festival for 9 consecutive years. Opened for Dennis Miller, Louie Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Bobby Collins, Bob Nelson, Uncle Floyd, Kevin Meaney, and many more.

2 responses to “Adam Ant’s Triumphant Return?

  1. Gerard ⋅

    I was over at a friend at New Years Eve and we were a bit flabbergasted when we tuned in at Jools: Hey that guy looks like a very old Adam Ant before realising he was it himself… Petula Clark was there as well, quiet botoxed for her 80 years old, and last of the dinosaurs was The Dubliners. Still those oldies played with way more spirit then some of the youngsters.

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