Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Adam Ant's Revenge is a UK Indie #1 smash

Adam and the Ants : CarTrouble

Two months after manager Malcolm McLaren convinced guitarist Matthew Ashman, bassist Leigh Gorman  and drummer Dave Barbe to leave Adam and the Antz and form Bow Wow Wow , Adam Ant took his Pirate-Meets-Apache look and released the single "CarTrouble" ( a re-recording of a Dirk Has White Sox track)  b/w "Kick" on the Do It Records label. 

The single features new musicians guitarist Marco Pirroni (an ex-member of Siouxsie and the Banshees), bassist Kevin Mooney, and future Culture Club drummer Jon Moss. The result was not only a #1 single on the UK Independent Singles Chart but a preview of The Ants' Kings of the Wild Frontier sound. 

Eventually CBS Records would sign the band based on the success of the single and their "Ants Invasion" UK tour. Next stop: super stardom.

The song doesn't lack for clever lines:

You might have seen them very busy at the weekend / 
Licking and polishing the beep-beeps into shape / 
Then it’s proudly up the M1, M2, M3 / 
And keep your feet of the upholstery, Ronny 

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