Adam Ant - Kings of the Wild Frontier (Super Deluxe Edition) (Music CD)

Release Date: 20 May 2016
Artist: Adam Ant
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Hooking up with Malcolm McLaren was a pivotal moment for Adam Ant, since the manager not only introduced Ant to the thundering, infectious Burundi drum beat that became his signature, he stole his band, too. Adam and the rest of the Ants had just worked up how to exploit the Burundi style when McLaren pirated the boys off to support Annabella Lwin in Bow Wow Wow -- using the very same sound they had developed with Adam Ant. It was now a race to get that sound into the stores first, and Adam lucked out when he joined forces with guitarist Marco Pirroni, who quickly proved to be invaluable. Ant and Pirroni knocked out a bunch of songs that retained some of the dark artiness of Dirk Wears White Sox, largely anchored by those enormous Burundi beats and given great, irresistible pop hooks -- plus a flash sense of style, as the new Ants dressed up in something that looked like American Indians with a velveteen touch of a dandy fop. It was a brilliant, gonzo move -- something that quickly overshadowed Bow Wow Wow -- and the resulting record, Kings of the Wild Frontier, is one of the great defining albums of its time. There's simply nothing else like it, nothing else that has the same bravado, the same swagger, the same gleeful self-aggrandizement and sense of camp. This walked a brilliant line between campiness and art-house chutzpah, and it arrived at precisely the right time -- at the forefront of new wave, so Adam & the Ants exploded into the British popular consciousness. If image was all that they had, they would've remained a fad, but Kings of the Wild Frontier remains a terrific album because it not only has some tremendous songs -- the title track and "Antmusic" are classic hits, while "Killer in the Home" and "Physical (You're So)" are every bit their equal -- but because it fearlessly, imperceptibly switches gears between giddy and ominous, providing nothing short of a thrill ride in its 13 songs. That's why it still sounds like nothing else years after its release. [A 2016 Deluxe Edition comprised two discs and 76 tracks, with B-sides, studio demos, live tracks from shows in Tokyo and Manchester, live performances from the Old Grey Whistle Test and Top of the Pops, final rough cuts, and a documentary of the Ants' first tour of the U.S. in 1981.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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  • Disk 1
  • 1. Dog Eat Dog
  • 2. Antmusic
  • 3. Feed Me to the Lions
  • 4. Los Rancheros
  • 5. Ants Invasion
  • 6. Killer in the Home
  • 7. Kings of the Wild Frontier
  • 8. The Magnificent Five
  • 9. Don't Be Square (Be There)
  • 10. Jolly Roger
  • 11. Making History
  • 12. The Human Beings
  • 13. Press Darlings (B Side)
  • 14. Physical (You're So) (B Side)
  • 15. Fall In (B Side)
  • 16. Don't Be Square (Be There) (KPM Studio Demo)
  • 17. The Human Beings (KPM Studio Demo)
  • 18. Los Rancheros (KPM Studio Demo)
  • 19. Making History (KPM Studio Demo)
  • Disk 2
  • 1. The Human Beings (Live)
  • 2. Dog Eat Dog (Live)
  • 3. The Magnificent Five (Live)
  • 4. Don't Be Square (Be There) (Live)
  • 5. Los Rancheros (Live)
  • 6. Ants Invasion (Live)
  • 7. Killer in the Home (Live)
  • 8. Cleopatra (Live)
  • 9. Press Darlings (Live)
  • 10. Kick! (Live)
  • 11. Antmusic (Live)
  • 12. Beat My Guest (Live)
  • 13. Jolly Roger (Live)
  • 14. Zerøx (Live)
  • 15. Car Trouble (Live)
  • 16. Kings of the Wild Frontier (Live)
  • 17. Physical (You're So) (Live)
  • 18. A.N.T.S.
  • 19. Antmusic (Final Rough Cut)
  • 20. Don't Be Square (Be There) (Final Rough Cut)
  • Disk 3
  • 1. Dog Eat Dog
  • 2. Antmusic
  • 3. Feed Me to the Lions
  • 4. Los Rancheros
  • 5. Ants Invasion
  • 6. Killer in the Home
  • 7. Kings of the Wild Frontier
  • 8. The Magnificent Five
  • 9. Don't Be Square (Be There)
  • 10. Jolly Roger
  • 11. Making History
  • 12. The Human Beings
  • Disk 4
  • 1. Dog Eat Dog (Live in Tokyo)
  • 2. Physical (You're So) (Live in Tokyo)
  • 3. Los Rancheros (Live in Tokyo)
  • 4. Kings of the Wild Frontier (Video)
  • 5. Dog Eat Dog
  • 6. Antmusic (Video)
  • 7. Physical (You're So) (Live in Manchester)
  • 8. Dog Eat Dog (Live)
  • 9. Dog Eat Dog (Top of the Pops)
  • 10. Ants Invasion (Live on the Old Grey Whistle Test)
  • 11. Killer in the Home (Live on the Old Grey Whistle Test)
  • 12. Dog Eat Dog (Top of the Pops)
  • 13. Antmusic (Top of the Pops)
  • 14. The Magnificent Five (Live in Tokyo)
  • 15. Antmusic (Live in Tokyo)
  • 16. Don't Be Square (Be There) (Live in Tokyo)
  • 17. Ants Invasion (Live in Tokyo)
  • 18. Killer in the Home (Live in Tokyo)
  • 19. Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face) (Live in Tokyo)
  • 20. Kick! (Live in Tokyo)
  • 21. Press Darlings (Live in Tokyo)
  • 22. Christian D'or (Live in Tokyo)
  • 23. Car Trouble (Live in Tokyo)
  • 24. Kings of the Wild Frontier (Live in Tokyo)
  • 25. ANT INVASION: A Documentary of the First Adam & the Ants U.S. Invasion in 1981
Release Date: 20 May 2016
Artist: Adam Ant
Catalogue No: 88875085842