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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • ASIN: B0012GMZ86
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Dario M. Zagar on September 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was a huge fan of Adam Ant back in the day, and this was one of my favorite albums at the time. After the mid-80's, though, I lost interest and became even a bit embarrassed about having liked his music so much!

With the hindsight that time provides, I can now attest that there was absolutely NOTHING to be ashamed of. Kings of the Wild Frontier, his best work, was way ahead of its time, and holds up incredibly well as a complete album and a statement of purpose. The mixture of punk attitude and guitar feedback, glam posturing, tribal rhythms, and spaghetti western and Native American themes was something completely fresh, and remains exciting to this day. Bottom line: the songs rock, and if you aren't moved by songs like Dog Eat Dog and Ants Invasion, it's time to pack it up for the nursing home. Moreover, the influence of the Ants (both musically and aesthetically) on artists like Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails (who covered Adam's "Physical"--more about that later) was huge.

Ok, now to this reissue. The plusses: the sound is as good as could be expected from a relatively raw album, production-wise. Several demos are included for the songs Antmusic (there's also an alternative mix for this one), Feed Me to the Lions, the Human Beings, Omelette from Outer Space (to be renamed Ants Invasion), and S.E.X. (from the Prince Charming album). Full lyrics are included, and the photos in the booklet are great.

Minuses: the track listing for the album is the original British release [N.B.: the track listing above is INCORRECT!], and as follows:

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.
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In the aftermath of punk and just before new romanticism finally broke cover, a man called Adam appeared on the UK music scene wearing a old military cavalry jacket and white stripe across his nose. Adam and his band of merry men seemed to be amongst the first to realise the importance of image (Gary Numan was the other real pioneer in this area, although it eventually worked against him...).
The song-writing team of Adam and Marco Pirroni was superb on this album (less so on it's follow-up Prince Charming) and most of the tracks here still stand up to the best of them today. The use of two drummers also gave the band a distinct sound missing from most of their contemporaries.
The famed English sense of humour (yeah, I know I'm biased...) is also evident on here, listen to the western-themed Los Rancheros and the piratical Jolly Roger. There was a serious side too as evidenced at least on Making History. Mostly, though, it was about fun and this comes through loud and clear (shown in particular on The Magnificent Five, Don't Be Square (Be There) and Antmusic).
For a while this group could no wrong. They were unique then, and there has been no-one like it since - miss out at your peril...
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Hopefully Amazon will post a correction soon, but as of 11 March '05, the tracklisting here is incorrect. The correct tracklisting is:

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. Antmusic (Demo)

14. Antmusic (Demo)

15. Feed Me To The Lions (Demo)

16. The Human Beings (Demo)

17. S.E.X. (Demo)

18. The Omlette From Outerspace (Early Version Of Ants Invasion - Unreleased Song Demo)

Amazon's UK site has the correct info.

Note that the alternate tracks from the original US release are not included on this CD (?!): Press Darlings and Physical. (The version of Physical on the Dirk remaster is the earlier Do It version.) Seems like a really weird decision, especially since the 1998 Sony remaster includes both of these tracks...
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This album, which held the #1 spot on the UK chart for most of 1981 (though only reaching #44 on the US chart), is simply Adam & the Ants' greatest achievement. It starts of with the fantastic, upbeat & ecstatic 'Dogeatdog', a UK #4/US #15 smash. The song takes a while to get used to, but when you finally get it, it will blow you away.

'Antmusic', a UK #2/US #14 single, was Adam & the Ants big breakthrough, & the only single that was able to reach a respectable chart position during the post-murder Lennon craze of christmas 1980. Being kept of the top spot by the songs of the tragically murdered prophet of his generation, 'Antmusic' nonetheless, broke Adam & the Ants internationally, & desrvedly so, for it is among his best & catchiest songs. New listeners, start with that song, for it will get you in the first listen.

After these two songs, the record suddenly gets very dark. Actually the album is a pretty dark affair, with 'Los Rancheros' & especially 'Feed Me To The Lions' bringing visions of a Bowiesque post-apocalyptic landscape to mind. 'Press Darlings' is another catchy classic followed by 'Ants Invasion' & 'Killer In The Home', that follow up the apocalyptic tension. 'Kings Of The Wild Frontier' itself, a UK #2 hit following the #9 placing of the non-album 'Young Parisians', is the strangest song on the strangest record. Indeed. There is nothing else to say about that song (later `Ant Rap' would follow up on this tradition of taking Adam & the Ants' weirdest songs into the UK top 3).

`The Magnificent Five', `Don't Be Square (Be There)' & `Jolly Roger' (the name signifies the direction Adam & the Ants would take on their next record) are somewhat average Adam & the Ants songs (though such a thing doesn't exist).
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