Adam and the Ants were an English new wave 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 line-up 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.

The second incarnation of Adam and the Ants featured guitarist Marco Pirroni and drummer-producer Chris Hughes and was noted for its use of Burundi drums. It lasted from February 1980 to March 1982 and achieved major commercial success in the UK and abroad.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1979 Dirk Wears White Sox 8
1980 Kings of the Wild Frontier 4 9
1981 Prince Charming 4 6
Antmusic for Sexpeople 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 The Collection 1
1999 The Very Best of Adam and the Ants 1
2000 Antbox 1
2006 Stand and Deliver: The Very Best of Adam and The Ants 2
2007 Dandy Highwaymen: The Best of Adam and The Ants 1
1977-1978 Demos, Volume 1 4 1
1977-1978 Demos, Volume 2 4 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1978 1978-01-12: Marquee Club, London, UK 1
1990 The Peel Sessions 1
2001 Live at the BBC: Complete Radio One Recordings 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1978 Young Parisians 1
1979 Zerox 1
1980 Antmusic 1
1980 Cartrouble 4 1
1980 Dog Eat Dog 1
1981 Ant Rap 1
1981 Stand and Deliver 1
1982 Deutscher Girls 1
1982 The B Sides 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1978-01-23: Peel Session, Maida Vale, London, UK 1
1979-03-26: Peel Session, Maida Vale, London, UK 1
1979-10-07: Peel Session, Maida Vale, London, UK 1

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