ADAM & THE ANTS 1982RARE ORIGINAL US CBS PROMO FLAT 12 1/2"x12 1/2" SAME SIZE & WEIGHT AS AN ALBUM COVER. SHIPPED FLAT. BE SURE TO SEE ALL MY PUNK POSTERS FOR SALE AND NOW FROM WIKIPEDIA THE FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA... Adam & the Ants were a New Wave band during the late 1970s and early 1980s . They were one of the bands at the time that marked the transition from the 70s punk rock era to the New Wave post-punk music era. Although the band started off with a punk-influenced sound, it soon moved on to New Wave, motivated by new sources such as the drum-heavy "Burundi Beat" heard on "Dog Eat Dog". History Formation
Prior to the Ants, Adam Ant (real name Stuart Goddard) played bass in pub rock group Bazooka Joe , now primarily known as the band that headlined when the Sex Pistols played their first concert on November 6, 1975, at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design . After witnessing this Adam immediately quit the band with the intention of forming his own, inspired by the Sex Pistols.Tentatively called the B-sides they practiced regularly over the following months but, lacking a drummer, never managed to play a gig. Meanwhile, Adam Ant had befriended some influential figures in the burgeoning London punk scene , most notably Jordan , who worked in Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood 's SEX boutique store. The Ants eventually formed in early 1977 consisting of Lester Square ( guitar ), Andy Warren ( bass guitar ) and Paul Flanagan ( drums ). They played their first gig on May 5 , 1977 , at Muswell Hill.  Early recordings
The band made their radio debut on the John Peel show on January 23 , 1978 . The following day they recorded Deutscher Girls and Plastic Surgery for the Jubilee soundtrack. Touring extensively around the UK, often with Siouxsie and the Banshees , they proved to be unpopular with much of the British music press who disliked their fetishistic lyrics and imagery. [citation needed ] The band struggled to find success or even a record deal until 1978 when they were signed to Decca and released their first single "Young Parisians" to confused reviews and little success. Apparently unable to satisfactorily market the band, the label soon let the band go. Many of their early recordings and demos would eventually surface on bootleg records. Lester Square left the band to form The Monochrome Set . The Ants went through several lineup changes before eventually settling on the semi-stable lineup of Adam Ant ( vocals and guitar ), Matthew Ashman ( guitar ), Andy Warren ( bass guitar ) and Dave Barbarossa ( drums ), before Warren also left to join Square in The Monochrome Set . It would be this lineup that recorded their debut album Dirk Wears White Sox. They also recorded three John Peel Sessions between 1978 and 1979 which were released in 2001 on The Complete Radio 1 Sessions .Dirk Wears White Sox
Late 1979 saw the release of their debut album Dirk Wears White Sox ( 1979 , Do It Records ). The title references Dirk Bogarde. The album was somewhat dark, with post-punk riffs and some vestiges of glam rock , as well as attempts to fuse this sound with funk and soul . Lyrically it attempted to address subjects such as fetishism, historical figures like Adolf Hitler , John F. Kennedy and Cleopatra as well as art history, particularly the Futurism movement. It gained a cult following , rather than commercial success, leading a frustrated Adam to hire Malcolm McLaren (manager of the Sex Pistols ) in the hope of more widespread recognition.In January 1980, McLaren convinced the rest of the band, then comprising guitarist Matthew Ashman , bassist Leigh Gorman and drummer Dave Barbarossa to leave the Ants and form Bow Wow Wow , fronted by Annabella Lwin . Kings of the Wild Frontier
A new version of the Ants was formed with Marco Pirroni (guitar), Kevin Mooney (bass guitar), and two drummers, Terry Lee Miall and Chris Hughes ( Merrick ). Pirroni would become an influential member of the gr...
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