This isn’t an article about Party On The Hill. This is all about Adam Ant. We’re only going to talk about Adam. Okay? Okay.
As a music journalist it’s always a pleasure to watch those special artists- the ones who play sweet lullabies on the heart strings. Adam is one of those. If you haven’t already seen Adam live- I highly recommend it. In fact, insist.
This was my third viewing of Mr. Ant and his band, and he didn’t disappoint. Some artists get worse with age, Adam just gets better. I speak from experience of watching this great man grow, with pleasure.
For those who know of him well and those who don’t, here’s a little background…
From the backstreets of London, a group of talented, new wave boys collectively decided to take off the punk leather apparel and pull a dandy gear. Feathers, scarves and arodgenous but somehow still masculine, Adam and the Ants was just about the awake the nation with a kiss rather than a kick, as Adam would say.
Starting off his career in the year 1970 at art school, shortly afterwards he joined the band Bazooka Joe, sporting a fantastic leopard print jacket. Adam however wasn’t a singer, he was the bass player. The band’s genre was very different to the likes of the music he would be making in the future, but none the less calved the path to better things.
The post-punk movement began to make it’s way into the ears of the public, with that Adam left the band intending to form his own movement. Taking a huge influence from the Sex Pistols, Adam and his fellow band (excluding a drummer, which they were missing) began to practise regularly starting the sound that the public would eventually fall in love with.
During these early days, Adam began hanging around with some soon-to-be predominant people in his life. Starting off with Jordan, who worked in Vivienne Westwood’s SEX clothing/boutique shop.
It wasn’t long before the famous band were soon together and making music.
Playing their first gig at a bedroom in Muswell Hill. The band had very high success playing local gigs and even appearing in the famous cult film ‘Jubilee’ directed by Derek Jarman, the film summed up Adam’s london life at the time, and gave a startling inside look at life in England in the mid-70’s with all the punk rock influences.
To this day the film is thought as very highly as a groundbreaking art-film, a classic in most eyes.
But Adam and the Ants time was coming… Ink on, their handprints were about to leave a everlasting mark on the musical wall of the generations to come. 3 minutes was all it took for Adam and the Ant to go from gigs to sell out arenas. Top of the Pops, we salute you.
Of course, this wasn’t just a stroke of luck…
Since the late 70’s Adam and his band mates had personally painted a white stripe on the noses of anyone with a music taste. Selling out every show, record and t-shirt they released. Since the fame of the band, Adam decided to rome solo. Instant success followed with a collection of 10 top ten hits in the space of three years.
Shortly afterwards Adam took a take towards acting starring in both TV and film alongside A-list actors such as Kimberly Foster, Peta Gia Wilson and Bill Maher with dazzling reviews, mind you… Playing gigs that went down in history such as performing alongside Diana Ross at the legendary Motown 25 and Live Aid in 1985.
The past five years has been a wild ride for Adam and his band, with consistent touring, intimate gigs and a new album, the highflying frontier of fans are always eager for more and more. What you wish for you shall receive. Adam never fails to wet the fans appetite.
This show as example was just that. Flawless as ever. The band, spotless too.
Adam himself jumping around the stage like a teenager, moving and grooving to the classics we all know too well.
Like I said earlier, if you’ve seen him you’ll understand, if you haven’t see him, do. This isn’t just music, this is class, this is style… This is ant music.
Written and Reviewed by Chantelle Maria Wadsworth.
Photo Credits to Thomas J. Etges.