Manners & Physique

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Manners & Physique
Studio album by Adam Ant
Released March 1990/Re-released 2009
Recorded Spring 1989
Genre Pop rock
Length 44:34
Label MCA
MCA-6315 / Cherry Pop
Producer André Cymone, Marc Shaiman
Adam Ant chronology
Vive Le Rock
(1985)
Manners and Physique
(1990)
Persuasion
(1992)
Singles from Manners & Physique
  1. "Room At The Top"
    Released:
  2. "Can't Set Rules About Love"
    Released:
  3. "Rough Stuff"
    Released:
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Manners & Physique is the fourth solo album from Adam Ant. It was released by March 1990 by MCA Records. The single "Room at the Top" peaked at number 13 in the UK and number 17 in America.[citation needed] "Rough Stuff" (US) and "Can't Set Rules About Love" (UK) were released afterwards.

Ant is credited with writing or co-writing all the tracks on the album, mostly in partnership with guitarist Marco Pirroni or André Cymone, who is credited with playing "Everything Else".

Adam himself later claimed that the album was styled after the bass heavy Minneapolis sound of which Cymone, in Ant's words, was "one of the architects".[2]

Although the album was recorded in 1989, six of the tracks were written in 1986. One of these, the Manners & Physique title track, featured lyrics from a 1986 composition, set to new music written by Cymone.

The album is dedicated to Ann Marie Dollard, Ant's "Dear Friend", 1956-1988. Dollard was Ant's acting agent who was killed in a riding accident.[3] Her husband Pat is also listed in the credits.

On 20 July 2009 the album was re-released with remastered and bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Original Release

  1. "Room at the Top" – 4:43 (Ant, Pirroni, Andre Cymone; Copyright EMI Music Publishing/EMI Songs)
  2. "Rough Stuff" – 4:40 (Ant, Cymone; Copyright EMI Music Publishing/EMI Songs)
  3. "If You Keep On" – 4:16 (Ant, Kevin Rowland; Copyright EMI Music Publishing)
  4. "Manners & Physique" – 3:30 (Ant, Cymone; Copyright EMI Music Publishing/EMI Songs)
  5. "Can't Set Rules About Love" – 4:43 (Ant, Pirroni; Copyright EMI Music Publishing)
  6. "U.S.S.A." – 4:27 (Ant; Copyright EMI Music Publishing)
  7. "Bright Lights Black Leather" – 5:22 (Ant; Copyright EMI Music Publishing)
  8. "Piccadilly" – 4:52 (Ant, Cymone; Copyright EMI Music Publishing/EMI Songs)
  9. "Young Dumb and Full of It" – 3:32 (Ant, Pirroni; Copyright EMI Music Publishing)
  10. "Anger, Inc." – 4:35 (Ant, Pirroni; Copyright EMI Music Publishing)

Re-release on Cherry Records

  1. "Room at the Top" – 4:43
  2. "Rough Stuff" – 4:40
  3. "If You Keep On" – 4:16
  4. "Manners & Physique" – 3:30
  5. "Can't Set Rules About Love" – 4:43
  6. "U.S.S.A." – 4:27
  7. "Bright Lights Black Leather" – 5:22
  8. "Piccadilly" – 4:52
  9. "Young Dumb and Full of It" – 3:32
  10. "Anger, Inc." – 4:35
  11. "BRUCE LEE
  12. "ROOM AT THE TOP (US REMIX)"
  13. "ROUGH STUFF (7” EDIT)"
  14. "ROOM AT THE TOP (HOUSE VOCAL)"
  15. "ROUGH STUFF (12" VOCAL REMIX)"

Tracks 11 - 15 are bonus tracks from various 7" and 12" releases.

Personnel[edit]

  • Adam Ant: Vocals
  • Marco Pirroni: Guitars
  • Andre Cymone: "Everything Else" (Keyboards, Synthesizers, Electric & Synth Bass, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming)

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Andre Cymone & Marc Shaiman
  • Recorded, Engineered & Mixed By Dan Marnian
  • Assistant Recording Engineer: Sally Browther
  • Assistant Mix Engineer: Ryan Dorn
  • Mastered By Steve Hall

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Antbook, packaged with Antbox, Sony Records 2000
  3. ^ Stand And Deliver, Adam Ant, Sedgewick & Jackson 2006