Dirk Wears White Sox

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Dirk Wears White Sox
Studio album by Adam and the Ants
Released 30 October 1979
Recorded 24–29 August 1979 at Sound Development Studios
Genre Post-punk
Length 40:39
Label Do It
Producer Adam Ant, Chris Hughes
Adam and the Ants chronology
Dirk Wears White Sox
Kings of the Wild Frontier
Alternative cover
1983 US re-release cover

Dirk Wears White Sox is the debut studio album by Adam and the Ants. It was released on 30 October 1979 through Do It Records. It holds the distinction of being the very first number one album on the UK Independent Albums Chart when the chart debuted in Record Week in 1980.[1]

The album was made with an early line-up of Adam and the Ants, which disbanded after the album was released. Guitarist Matthew Ashman and drummer David Barbarossa went on to form Bow Wow Wow with then-Ants bassist Leigh Gorman (who had only played one gig with the Ants and was not involved in any studio recordings). Original bassist Andy Warren had departed shortly after recording the album to join former Ants guitarist Lester Square in The Monochrome Set. Many of the songs, notably "Cleopatra" and "Never Trust a Man (With Egg on his Face)", remained a part of Adam Ant's live repertoire throughout his career, both with the Ants and later as a solo artist. The "Dirk" of the title refers to classic British film icon Dirk Bogarde.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Stylus Magazine B−[4]

Allmusic, in their retrospective review, rated Dirk Wears White Sox four-and-a-half out of five stars and opined that "the album offers a fascinating look at the Ants' formative years", although they also stated that "the somewhat pretentious, overly arty lyrics and inexperienced playing are a drawback".[3]

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Adam Ant

Original 1979 release
No. Title Length
1. "Cartrouble (Parts 1 & 2)"    
2. "Digital Tenderness"    
3. "Nine Plan Failed"    
4. "Day I Met God"    
5. "Tabletalk"    
6. "Cleopatra"    
7. "Catholic Day"    
8. "Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face)"    
9. "Animals and Men"    
10. "Family of Noise"    
11. "The Idea"    

1983 Epic/CBS re-release version[edit]

The 1983 re-release version came with a different album cover, taken from a December 1979 video for the song "Zerox". "Catholic Day" and "Day I Met God" have been dropped, and "Cartrouble" appears in its single version. This edition also adds three songs from the same era not on the original LP, "Kick!", "Zerox", and "Whip in My Valise".

Original vinyl editions of the album came with recent sleeve notes on the inner jacket by Adam, explaining how he and Marco had decided to "do justice to the work by incorporating the first two singles and making the album widely available to our audience".

No. Title Length
1. "Cartrouble"   3:23
2. "Kick!"   2:05
3. "Digital Tenderness"   3:03
4. "Nine Plan Failed"   3:10
5. "Family of Noise"   2:34
6. "Tabletalk"   5:33
7. "Zerox"   3:45
8. "Cleopatra"   3:15
9. "Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face)"   3:13
10. "Animals and Men"   3:16
11. "The Idea"   3:24
12. "Whip in My Valise"   3:58

Remastered 1995 re-release[edit]

The 1995 Sony UK version featured the original black-and-white album art in somewhat cropped form. The lettering on the sleeve was recreated in the style of the original and does not feature the stroke through the letter O in the word "Sox". It also substitutes a letter "Z" in the place the zig-zagged "S" in the word "Ants" (previously a common practice among unofficial merchandisers around the time of the album's original release).

This edition retains the running order of the 1983 version – the dropped tracks are appended. The initial batch of copies feature the March 1980 single version of "Cartrouble" but later versions feature a remix of the original 1979 album version, prepared by Chris Hughes in early 1980 and later released on the 1982 12" Antmusic EP.

No. Title Length
1. "Cartrouble (Parts 1 & 2)"   6.51
2. "Kick!"   2:05
3. "Digital Tenderness"   3:03
4. "Nine Plan Failed"   3:10
5. "Family of Noise"   2:34
6. "Tabletalk"   5:33
7. "Zerox"   3:45
8. "Cleopatra"   3:15
9. "Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face)"   3:13
10. "Animals and Men"   3:16
11. "The Idea"   3:24
12. "Whip in My Valise"   3:58
13. "Catholic Day"   3.08
14. "Day I Met God"   2:58

Remastered 2004 version[edit]

The 2004 Epic release is the 1979 version of the album, with a substantial amount of bonus tracks. The opening version of "Cartrouble (Parts 1 & 2)" was the first time the original album mix of this track had appeared on CD.

No. Title Length
1. "Cartrouble (Parts 1 & 2)"   6.51
2. "Digital Tenderness"   3.03
3. "Nine Plan Failed"   5.18
4. "Day I Met God"   2:58
5. "Tabletalk"   5.34
6. "Cleopatra"   3.15
7. "Catholic Day"   3.08
8. "Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face)"   3.13
9. "Animals and Men"   3.20
10. "Family of Noise"   2.36
11. "The Idea"   3.26
12. "Zerøx"   3.48
13. "Whip in My Valise"   4.00
14. "Kick!"   1.36
15. "Physical"   3.59
16. "Cartrouble (Parts 1 & 2) (Hughes Mix)"   6.36
17. "Friends"   2.40
18. "Cartrouble (Single Version)"   3.24
19. "Kick! (Single Version)"   2.06
  • Tracks 12–13 are from the original "Zerøx" 7" single release.
  • Tracks 14–17 are from the original Antmusic EP 12" release. All tracks except 16 are alternate mixes of those originally released, although the featured mix of track 15 had previously appeared on 2000 copies of the "Zerøx" single in July 1980.
  • Tracks 18–19 are from the original "Cartrouble" 7" single release.


  • Adam Ant – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, harmonica
  • Dave Barbarossa (as Dave Barbe) – percussion
  • Matthew Ashman – guitar, piano
  • Andrew Warren – bass guitar
  • Marco Pirroni – guitar on tracks 18 and 19
  • Jon Moss – drums on tracks 18 and 19


  1. ^ Katagiri, Charlie (29 September 2012). "Adam Ant". Encyclopedia.com. 
  2. ^ "Adam Ant: The King of Sexual Diversity". antlibønline. 01/03/2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ a b Chris Woodstra. "Dirk Wears White Sox [Bonus Tracks]". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Peter Parrish (28 July 2004). "Adam & The Ants". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 

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