Adam Ant discography

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Adam Ant discography
Releases
Studio albums 10
Compilation albums 6
Singles 25
Music videos 26

Adam Ant is a British New Wave artist. He was the lead singer of Adam & the Ants until their split in early 1982, by which time they had recorded three studio albums. Ant, however, would go solo, and release an additional five studio albums throughout the 1980s and early 1990s (one other album recorded during this period remains unreleased). After a gap of nearly 18 years, his sixth solo studio album was released in early 2013; a follow-up is due in November 2014.

His greatest UK chart success was Adam & the Ants' 1980 album Kings of the Wild Frontier which was number one in the UK Album Chart for a total of twelve weeks. However, it was the follow-up album, Prince Charming which produced the biggest hit singles with "Stand and Deliver" and the title track, achieving five weeks and four weeks respectively as number one singles on the UK Singles Chart.

In the United States, Ant's biggest chart success was his solo debut, 1982's Friend or Foe album, which reached the Top 20 on the Billboard 200. It also included the hit single "Goody Two Shoes" which was a Top 20 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as a third number one single for Ant on the UK Singles Chart.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK
[1][2]
US
[3]
SWE
[4]
NZ
[5]
AUT
[6]
1979 Dirk Wears White Sox 16
1980 Kings of the Wild Frontier 1 44 4 7 18
1981 Prince Charming 2 94 29 43
  • UK: Platinum[7]
1982 Friend or Foe 5 16 36
1983 Strip 20 65
  • UK: Silver[7]
1985 Vive Le Rock
  • Release date: September 1985
  • Label: Columbia Records
42 131
1990 Manners & Physique 19 57
1995 Wonderful
  • Release date: 7 March 1995
  • Label: EMI
24 143
2013 Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter
  • Release date: 21 January 2013
  • Label: Blueblack Hussar Records
25
2014 Bravest of the Brave
  • Release date: November 2014
  • Label: Blueblack Hussar Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions
UK
[1][2]
1990 Antics in the Forbidden Zone
1994 Antmusic: The Very Best of Adam Ant
  • Release date: 1994
  • Label: Arcade Records
6
B-Side Babies -
1999 The Very Best of Adam and the Ants
  • Release date: 5 April 1999
  • Label: Sony BMG
30
2006 Stand & Deliver
2007 Dandy Highwaymen (The best of..)
  • Release date: 26 November 2007
  • Label: Music Club
39
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Box sets[edit]

Year Album details
2001 ANTBOX
  • Release date: November 2001
  • Label: Sony BMG

Singles[edit]

As Adam & the Ants
Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
UK
[1]
US
[9]
US Main
[9]
US Mod
[9]
US Dance
[9]
SWE
[10]
NL
[11]
AUT
[12]
AU
1978 "Young Parisians" Non-album song
1979 "Zerox"
"Cartrouble"
(re-recording[nb 1])
Dirk Wears White Sox (contains original recording)
1980 "Kings of the Wild Frontier" 48 19 Kings of the Wild Frontier
"Dog Eat Dog" 4 15 19 22
"Antmusic" 2 14 19 11 41 1
"Young Parisians" (re-release) 9 Non-album song
1981 "Zerox" (re-release) 45
"Cartrouble" (re-release) 33 Dirk Wears White Sox (contains original recording)
"Kings of the Wild Frontier" (re-release) 2 Kings of the Wild Frontier
"Stand and Deliver" 1 38 17 4 9 12 Prince Charming
"Prince Charming" 1 20 8 14 4
"Ant Rap" 3 43
1982 "Deutscher Girls" 13 Jubilee [OST] (1978)
"The Antmusic EP" 46 three out-takes from Dirk Wears White Sox (1979)
As Adam Ant
Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
UK
[2]
US
[9]
US Main
[9]
US
Mod

[9]
US Dance
[9]
SWE
[10]
NL
[11]
AUT
[12]
AU
1982 "Goody Two Shoes" [nb 2] 1 12 7 13 1 Friend or Foe
"Friend or Foe" 9 19 49
"Desperate But Not Serious" 33 66
1983 "Puss 'n Boots" 5 22 84
  • UK: Silver[7]
Strip
"Strip" 41 42
1984 "Apollo 9" 13 Vive Le Rock
1985 "Vive Le Rock" 50 29
1990 "Room at the Top" 13 17 17 3 Manners & Physique
"Rough Stuff" 14
"Can't Set Rules About Love" 47
1995 "Wonderful" 32 39 7 Wonderful
"Gotta Be a Sin" 45
2012 "Cool Zombie" 154 Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter
2014 "Bravest of the Brave" Bravest of the Brave
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  1. ^ 'Cartrouble' the single is a re-recorded version of Part 2 of the track 'Cartrouble Parts 1 & 2' which featured on Dirk Wears White Sox. The single featured also different personnel including new band member Marco Pirroni and session drummer and future Jon Moss (later of Culture Club). Nonetheless, it was recorded and released while Dirk Wears White Sox was the current album, and to fulfill the same contract with Do It Records as under which the album was released. As such, it qualifies as a single from Dirk Wears White Sox.
  2. ^ Some copies of the single 'Goody Two Shoes' were credited to Adam and the Ants although it was intended as the first Adam Ant solo release (with Marco Pirroni as co-song writer and guitarist and Chris 'Merrick' Hughes as drummer and producer). The album version of the song is a different mix from the single, which was released months before the album and not long after Adam and the Ants had split up, thus causing some copies to be credited under the old bandname.

Videography[edit]

Video albums[edit]

Year Video
1981 Prince Charming Revue
1982 Live in Tokyo
1986 Hits
2000 Ant Video
2007 Stand & Deliver (DVD)

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
1977 "Plastic Surgery"[nb 1] unknown
1979 "Tabletalk"[nb 2] Stephanie Gluck/Clive Richardson
"Cartrouble pt2"
"Zerox"[nb 3]
1980 "Kings of the Wild Frontier"[nb 4]
"Dog Eat Dog"[nb 5] (Top of the Pops out-take licensed to CBS)
"Dog Eat Dog"/"Kings of the Wild Frontier"/"Physical (You're So)"
(live in Manchester)[nb 6]
Steve Barron
"Antmusic" Steve Barron/Daniel Kleinman
1981 "Stand and Deliver" Mike Mansfield/Adam Ant
"Prince Charming"
"Ant Rap"
1982 "Goody Two Shoes"
"Friend or Foe"
"Desperate But Not Serious"
1983 "Puss 'n Boots"
"Strip"
1984 "Apollo 9" Daniel Kleinman
1985 "Vive le Rock" Frances de Lea
1990 "Rough Stuff" Daniel Kleinman
"Room at the Top"
"Can't Set Rules About Love"
1995 "Wonderful" Tony Kunewalder
"Beautiful Dream"
"Gotta Be a Sin"
2012 "Cool Zombie" Adam Ant/Adam Ross
  1. ^ Support video footage for the Derek Jarman film Jubilee of the Ants (including Kenny Morris guesting on drums) performing in an empty studio. This video was used in the film as a television screen image in a scene of Ant's character Kid watching himself and his band on TV performing on Top of the Pops. Although Jarman directed the film, he was not present for this video shoot.
    This footage should not be confused with the performance of this song filmed at Drury Lane Theatre and featured elsewhere in the film to represent Kid's audition for media mogul character Borgia Ginz.
  2. ^ This video and "Cartrouble pt2" were demonstration videos made as audition footage for Malcolm McLaren and were filmed in Richardson's back garden.
  3. ^ Surviving footage from "video film" project "Xerox Machine" filmed at the studio of artist Laurie Rae Chamberlain. There is one complete take of Ant performing the song in front of a set of neon lights plus short takes of Ant singing the outro while sat in a dentist's chair and a slideshow of "Xerography" still images created by Chamberlain of this and other video footage from the session. "Xerography" includes images of other takes of the song, including one performed in front of a stack of art equipment illuminated by disco lights.
  4. ^ Stills from this video (and alternative takes, of which at least one survives) were used for the sleeve art for the Kings of the Wild Frontier album.
  5. ^ Alternative take of performance of the song on 16 October 1980 edition of Top of the Pops. This has represented the song on video compilations since Antmusic - The Very Best of Adam Ant in 1993
  6. ^ Concert footage from Manchester Apollo, 16 December 1980. Footage of Dog Eat Dog represented that single on the 1986 Hits video compilation. Footage of Physical (You're So) has represented The Antmusic EP on video compilations since Antmusic - The Very Best of Adam Ant in 1993

References[edit]

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  10. ^ a b "swedishcharts.com - Swedish charts portal". swedishcharts.com. Archived from the original on 17 January 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
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