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It takes real dedication to keep refining a seemingly frivolous persona while maintaining the public’s interest. And as this collection reveals, Stuart Goddard (AKA Adam) managed that feat over a ten-year period with wit and spunk. As leader of Adam and the Ants, he reeled off a barrage of cheeky, angular singles in the early ‘80s, among them “Zerox,” “Dog Eat Dog,” “Kings of the Wild Frontier,” and the shamelessly self-exalting “Antmusic.” Adam’s preening vocals and faux-decadent lyrics tickled and provoked, while his band delivered perfect New Wave dance club fodder. Dispersing the Ants, Adam toned down his silliness slightly and peppered the American charts with “Goody Two Shoes,” “Strip,” and “Puss’n Boots.” In the mode of Marc Bolan, he became adept at crafting giddy pop gems: tunes like “Apollo 9” and “Room at the Top” twitching to manic beats are at once irritating and irresistible. “Wonderful” finds Ant able to deliver a reasonably sincere love ballad, a definite breakthrough for him. Taken together, Adam’s output is at once ingenious, aggravating and animated by a spirit of real fun — no kidding.

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Brings back memories!

If you were the product of the 80's and a high school girl, who didn't have a crush on Adam Ant? This album contains the best of the new wave punker he was. I even did the 80's bop dance when I heard all the favorites live Antmusic, Desperate but not serious, and my favorite Prince Charming. Some songs I didnt really know like Wonderful but they are just as good. I highly recommend downloaded this album if your a true Adam Ant fan.

Decently Fun Listen

This is a decent album, and the only one from Adam Ant that I have in my collection. It truly represents a wide array of his music from all points in his career. However, unless you are a true fan, this means that only parts of the album are likely to appeal to you. For me, this means that his slower tracks are likely to be skipped in favor of the fun, upbeat ones (such as Zerox, Stand and Deliver, Goody Two Shoes, etc.). The signature tribal-esque drums are a nice twist to his music, but throughout the album they don't seem to vary much. I like this album, but it may be wise to buy songs singularly for those who are not already familiar with his work.

So worth it

Just that opening cry of Adam's" Stand and Delivah!" to the song of the same name is worth the cash for the entire collection. Great songs from a truly original, underrated performer.


Born: November 3, 1954 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the seminal figures of new wave, Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard) had several distinct phases to his career. Initially, he explored a jagged, guitar-oriented post-punk with his group Adam and the Ants before giving way to a more pop-oriented, glam-tinged musical direction that brought him to the top of the charts. After that had run its course, he refashioned himself as a mainstream singer, which enabled him to stretch his career out for a couple of years. Once it seemed that his musical...
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