I must admit that I am a huge life-long fan of Adam Ant. And I’m not just talking about getting caught up with the short-lived mania over Strip and Goody-Two Shoes during the early days of MTV either. I was only 9 years old when I listened to Dirk Wears White Socks on Vinyl by the completely unknown group known as Adam and the Ants. I thought my big brother would kill me when I tried placing it next to his LPs and 8-tracks of Led Zeppelin, Kiss and Queen. My big sisters didn’t much care for it being next to their copies of Neil Diamond, Barry Mannilow and Leif Garrett either. But I didn’t care. I was hooked.
I bought every album, LPs at first, Cassettes, then a box set on CD. I have every single Adam Ant song in MP3 format now and from time to time I still enjoy
But then the 80’s ended and I grew up and it looked like Adam Ant did as well. The 1990 release of Manners and Physique showed Adam still in leather but sitting down in a throne-like chair. Gone was the war paint and the attitude, replaced by a simple pleased look on his face that suggested he was looking over all he had done with great satisfaction. The songs still full of energy and pizzazz but not over the top. 1995 brought what everyone assumed was his swan-song album Wonderful where the leather was gone and here was a middle aged man who had been there and done that. Gone from the songs were the jagged edges of youth and replaced with soulful reflection on a long and difficult life, perhaps tinged with some sadness.
Everything from the title, to the track titles (“Punkyoungirl”, “Who’s A Goofy Bunny?”, “Bullshit” and “Dirty Beast” to name a few), from the music itself to his new old look screams “I’m still in my 20s and I’m still cool, so love me”. Give it up. Critically the music is scoring very high among far greater minds in the music industry than me and I’m not going to argue with that. I give Adam Ant is The BlueBlack Hussar Marrying The Gunner's Daughter 4 stars. I just worry that he has truly gone completely batsh*t crazy once and for all.