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New Ants album combines punk beat, satirical message
By DEAN LOWMAN
Antmusic, the most popular musical trend
in England since Johnny Rotten and the Sex
Pistols, has arrived in America.
While Rotten and company urged revolt
in the- streets . against all establishment,
Adam and the Ants simply choose to poke
fun at the remaining vestiges of British soci
ety in their latest release. Prince Charming.
Adam Ant recently said the group's sec
ond domestic release (the first was Kings of
the Wild Frontier) would drastically depart
from the tribal rock sound which earned the
group a huge British following.
Depart, they did. Prince Charming pos
sesses enough commercial appeal to gain air
play on America's "progressive" rock sta
tions, yet retains a danceable quality that
punkers will love.
Rather than replaying on tried-and-true
methods for success, Adam and the Ants ven
ture off in new directions by using a horn sec
tion and organ on some selections. This al
lows the band to get out of the rut of using
two predominant drummers album after album.
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Side one of Prnce satirizes common topics
of British idolization the royal family and
the American West but praises the actions
of the English street gangs who frequently re
flect the f ruitlessness of the government's at
tempt to revive England's economy in "Scor
pios." " Prince Charming," obviously a humorous
salute to the recently-married future king of
England, implores Charles to never "stop be
ing dandy,, showing me you're handsome."
The prince is also instructed to "respect your
self and all of those around you," thus re
flecting the belief that the royal family cares
little about the plight of the commoners.
Ant shows the stupidity of British percep-
City, State, Zip ,
tions of the American West in "5 Guns West"
by saying any man or woman can rise to be
come leader of the village by being the
toughest hombre in town.
Side two allows Ant to express his feelings
about critics, politics and fashion without
straying far from the top 40 sound that means
success in the music world.
"Stand and Deliver," the first single from
the album, criticizes the critics who com
plain about the group's flashy 18th century
style costumes by saying "the way you look
you'll qualify for next year's old age
pension." Later in the tune, the dandy high
waymen urge the nonfollowers to "throw
your safety overboard and join our insect na
tion." The rap song style, which has recently risen
to acceptance in the British music charts, is
used to give Ant's political and musical views
a wider audience in "Ant Rap." Anarchy is
decried as "tragedy and such old hat" while
critics are rapped for trying to put a label on
the band's music.
Ant brings back an all-time favorite rock
expression, a wymowheh, as he includes a
subliminal tribute to Robert John's "The Lion
Steeps Tonight" in a short, untitled instru
mental track at. the end of the second side.
This track will probably not be included on
the domestic pressing of the album, which
Epic Records says will be released the last
week of November. The import, which does
include the track, is available at area record
Dean Lowman is a staff writer for The Daily
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