Our Adam Ant & Adam Albums Ranked list looks at the career of Adam Ant and his band Adam and the Ants. Since Adam and the Ants only released three studio albums we thought we would combine the Adam and the Ants catalog with some Adam Ants solo records. Adam and the Ants hail from the city of London in England. The group was formed in 1977. Originally known as just the Ants, the band would soon take on the name Adam and the Ants as Adam Ant was just pretty much the focal point of the band. The original lineup of the band consisted of Dave Barbosa Matthew Ashland and Leigh Gorman. However many members of the band left Adam Ant to form their own band called Bow Wow Wow. Adam Ant got together with a great guitarist known as Marco Peroni. This brilliant guitarist would spend many years with Adam Ant as one of his co-songwriters and lead guitarist. The two men would be very successful together although Peroni always stood in the shadows of Adam Ant at least from a popularity perspective.
Adam Ant along with David Barbosa, Matthew Ashman, Andrew Warren and some help from Marco Peroni and John Moss recorded the first Adam and the Ants album entitled Dirk Wears White Sox which was released in November of 1979. The band still remained relatively unknown after the Dirk Wears White Sox album was released. However, in 1980 Adam Ant formed a new Adam and the Ants band with Marco Peroni on electric guitar, Kevin Mooney on bass and Chris Hughes on drums. That band would release the album entitled Kings of the Wild Frontier. Music fans went crazy over this record. There were not many bands that really ever sounded like Adam and the Ants before. It was all in the rhythms’ and the chanting. Adam Ant’s vocals were also very unique in a flamboyant animalistic sort of style. The song Ant Music went viral. Adam and the Ants would follow up their breakthrough album with a third record called Prince Charming in 1981. The third album was also a huge success. It would also be the final Adam and the Ants album.
A year after the final Adam and the Ants album entitled Prince Charming Adam Ant released his first solo album entitled Friend or Foe. The man had one of the biggest hits of his career on the album with the song “Goody Two Shoes.” His sidekick Marco Peroni played guitar on the record and co-wrote all the songs. In 1983, Adam Ant released his second solo album entitled Strip. That album was followed by the record Vive Le Rock in 1985. Five years would pass before Adam Ant released another solo album. In 1990, Adam Ant released the album entitled Manners & Physique. And then again, another five years passed before Adam Ant’s fifth solo album was released entitled Wonderful in 1995. The most recent Adam Adam Ant solo album that has been released as of this writing was entitled Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter. The album was released in 2010. It had been 15 years since Adam Ant had released a solo album.
# 9 – Wonderful
We open up our Adam and the Ants albums list with Adam Ant’s solo album entitled Wonderful. The album was released in 1995. It was recorded at Abbey Road studios in London. This is amateur record that was filled with wonderful acoustic songs that Adam Ant in fine voice. Standout tracks included “Won’t Take That Talk, Wonderful and Image of Yourself.”
# 8 – Vive Le Rock
At number eight on our Adam and the Ants albums list is the album Viva Le Rock. The album was released 1985. It was produced by Tony Visconti. The album didn’t do well from a commercial standpoint. It was because of the album failure that Adam Ant begin focusing more on his acting career than his music career at least for the next five years. Still there were some standout tracks including “Vive Le Rock,” “Scorpio Rising,” and the great track “Apollo 9.”
# 7 – Manners & Physique
The Manners and Physique album was sort of a comeback albums for Adam Ant. Manners and Physique was a successful album that spawned the hit single “Room At The Top,” which was a top 20 hit both in United States and the United Kingdom. The album is produced by Andre cymone who had worked heavily with Prince. The album was released in 1990.
# 6 – Strip
Strip was Adam Ant’s second solo album. The Strip album was released in 1983. The album’s first single entitled “Puss ‘N Boots,” hit number five on the United Kingdom music charts in 1983. The single failed to break into the US Billboard Hot 100. The album’s second single and title track “Strip,” got stuck in the 40s on both the United States and United Kingdom’s music charts.
# 5 – Dirk Wears White Sox
Dirk Wears White Sox Was Adam and the Ants debut album. The album was released in 1979. This was a fun one, it’s raw but it’s really good. Dirk Wears White Sox hit number one on the United Kingdom Indie album charts. It peaked at number 16 on the United Kingdom album charts. It did not chart in the United States. It’s noted as a punk album, but it’s really filled with more soul and groove and glam then Punk.
# 4 – Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter
The album Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter Is the most recent Adam Ant album to make this list. This one came out of nowhere. The album was released in 2013. We highly recommend Adam Ant fans picking this one up. It’s a double LP that’s just filled with great new Adam Ant songs including the very cool single “Cool Zombie.”
# 3 – Prince Charming
Prince Charming with the third Adam and the Ants album released. The album was issued in 1981. It was a huge success in the UK has it hit number two on the United Kingdom album charts. The album spawned three hits singles entitled “Stand and Deliver,” “Prince Charming,” and “Ant Rap.” Stand and Deliver would become Adam and the Ants first number one single in the United Kingdom. Follow-up single Prince Charming would become Adam and the Ants second number one single in the United Kingdom. Two number ones in a row is a pretty impressive feat.
# 2 – Friend or Foe
Friend or Foe was Adam Ant’s first solo album. The album was released in 1982. It was a big hit in the UK where it hit number 5 on the UK album charts. It also became Adam Ant’s highest-charting album on the US Billboard Album charts where it hit number 16. Much of the success on the album charts was due to the big-time hit single “Goody Two-Shoes.” The song hit number one in the UK. It also hit number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 7 on the US Billboard top tracks. The song also hit number one in Australia. This was a big one.
# 1 – Kings of the Wild Frontier
Adam and the Ants album Kings of the Wild Frontier was their second album release. In the United States, it was the first time most music fans had ever heard of Adam and the Ants. CBS records heavily promoted the band with this album release pushing a new style of music they called Ant music. I remember so many news channels doing stories on Adam and the Ants and how they would be Next Big Thing in the US. In the United Kingdom Kings of the Wild Frontier went straight to number one and was the biggest selling album of the year in 1981. If you’re going to start with any one particular Adam and the Ants album, this is the one to start with.
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