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Adam and the Ants


Adam and The Ants were a British rock band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The group, which lasted from 1977 to 1982, existed in two incarnations, both fronted by Adam Ant. The first, founded in May 1977, achieved considerable cult popularity during the transition from the punk rock era to the post-punk and new wave era and were noted for their high camp and overtly sexualised stage performances and songs. The final lineup of this first incarnation – Dave Barbarossa, Matthew Ashman and Leigh Gorman – left the band in January 1980 at the suggestion of then-de facto manager Malcolm McLaren, to form the instrumentalist personnel of the controversial Bow Wow Wow.

  • also known as Adam & The Ants
  • members:
  • genres: New Wave, Punk rock, Glam punk, New Romanticism, Gothic rock, Post-punk
  • albums: "Young Parisians", "Zerox", "Antmusic", "Cartrouble", "Kings of the Wild Frontier", "Ant Rap", "Prince Charming", "Deutscher Girls", "The B Sides", "Dirk Wears White Sox", "The Very Best of Adam and the Ants", "Antbox", "Stand and Deliver: The Very Best of Adam and The Ants", "The Collection", "The Peel Sessions", "Stand and Deliver", "Dog Eat Dog", "Live at the BBC: Complete Radio One Recordings", "Dandy Highwaymen: The Best of Adam and The Ants", "1978-01-12: Marquee Club, London, UK"
  • some of the nominations and awards:
      • nominated to Grammy Award for Best New Artist
      • nominated to Brit Award for British Group
      • nominated to Brit Award for MasterCard British Album of the Year - "Kings of the Wild Frontier"
      • Brit Award for MasterCard British Album of the Year - "Kings of the Wild Frontier"
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Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

Adam And The Ants, Fred and Judy Vermorel. Adam Ant Tribal Rock Special, Martha Rodriguez (design). The Official Adam Ant Story, James Maw. Adam And The Ants Kings: The Official Adam And The Ants Song Book Stephen Lavers.

Google previewLexicon Devil (2002)

The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs by Brendan Mullen, Don Bolles, Adam Parfrey

DARBY Yeah—UK Subs, and mostly it's Adam and the Ants—everybody's into ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Music in the 20th Century (2014)

by Lol Henderson, Lee Stacey

Pop manager and singer McLaren found success during the late 1970s PUNK era managing bands such as the New York Dolls, the SEX PIsTOIs, and later Adam and the Ants. Best known as a businessman, ...

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