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.