February 23, 2014

45 RPMs 3: Adam & the Ants ~ Ant Music EP

photo by Barbara
photo detail by Styrous®

This is an extention of my 20,000 Vinyl LPs series. I have a collection of over 20,000 LP albums I am selling; each blog entry of the series is about an album from my collection. For more info, send an email to me, not a comment, please.

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In 1980, I found the album, Kings of the Wild Frontier, by Adam & The Ants. It was an incredible revelation to me as some of the songs on it were like nothing I'd ever heard before and I loved it. The album introduced the 'new' Burundi Beat drum sound; it was the latest thing in New Wave and from that first album on I searched for albums of any kind from the group (when I liked a group it was my SOP). Later that year or the next, I found the album, Dirk Wears White Sox. I must do an article on Kings at some point.

Antmusic EP front cover
photo by Barbara
photo of front cover by Styrous®

Antmusic is an extended 45 RPM by Adam & The Ants released in 1980 on Do It Records, an independent record label in London.  However, the song, Ant Music, does not apear on it.

Originally, The Ants were signed to Decca Records but unable to satisfactorily market the band, Decca let them go in early 1979 but were picked up by CBS Records. It was during the hiatus between lables that they recorded albums for Do It which released their debut album Dirk Wears White Sox in November of 1979.

After closing in 1983, the rights to the entire back catalogue of Do It Records were bought out by CBS, Adam Ant's then-current label, to secure permanent control of the Ants' recording history with Do It. The back catalogue is now owned by Sony Music Entertainment who bought out CBS in 1987.

Antmusic EP back cover
photos by Philip Grey
photo of back cover by Styrous®

As usual, there is a favorite song on any album I like. Cartrouble was it. It was punk at its best; slightly dissonant but not distorted, a great song to dance to.

Friends is a jivey, bouncy, syncopated tune; kind of cute in a punkish sort of way. Nice guitar work. It is the only actual cut from the album I could find on YouTube (link below).

Antmusic EP back cover detail
photos by Philip Grey
detail photos by Styrous®

Antmusic EP back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®

Antmusic EP, side 1
photo by Styrous®

Antmusic EP, side 2
photo by Styrous®

Antmusic EP, labels
photos by Styrous®

Adam Ant is still going strong; last year he performed on Saturday, November, 2, and Sunday, November 3, 2013, at the Adam & the Ants, Ant Liberation Front Celebration & Convention in London, United Kingdom.

He will perform this year at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo in London on April 19th, 2014.
Adam Ant                                           .
Hammersmith concert poster                              .
Track list: 

Side 1:

1 - Kick - 1:34
2 - Physical - 3:58
3 - Cartrouble Part 1 - 3:05

Side 2:

1 - Cartrouble Part 2 - 3:31
2 - Friends - 2:38


A1: Previously Unreleased Version
A2: Previously released in limited edition only
A3: Remixed
B1: Remixed
B2: Previously Unreleased Version

Made in U.K.
A1, A2 & B2: © Ant Music Ltd.
A3 & B1: © EMI Music Ltd.
℗ Do It Records Ltd.

Some of the members went on to form the group, Bow Wow Wow.


Label: Do It Records ‎– DUNIT 20
Format: Vinyl, 12", EP, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1982
Genre: Rock
Style: New Wave

Kick on YouTube
Kick (live version) on YouTube
Physical (live version) on YouTube
Cartrouble Parts 1 & 2 on YouTube
Friends on YouTube

Adam Ant website
Adam Ant ticktets
Adam Ant on Facebook
Adam Ant on Twitter

The entire collection is for sale. Interested? Contact Styrous®

Thanks for the great tunes, guys!

Styrous®, Sunday, February 23, 2014



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