Prince Charming (album)

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Prince Charming
Studio album by Adam and the Ants
Released November 1981
Recorded August 1981 at Air Studios, London
Genre New wave, new romantic
Label CBS
Producer Chris Hughes
Adam and the Ants chronology
Kings of the Wild Frontier
(1980)
Prince Charming
(1981)
Singles from Prince Charming
  1. "Stand and Deliver"
    Released: 9 May 1981
  2. "Prince Charming"
    Released: September 1981
  3. "Ant Rap"
    Released: December 1981

Prince Charming is the third and final studio album by English new wave band Adam and the Ants, released in November 1981. Unlike Kings of the Wild Frontier, Prince Charming showed the Ants moving away from their earlier Burundi drum style into a more new romantic direction. This album features former bass player Gary Tibbs in place of Kevin Mooney, the bassist on Kings of the Wild Frontier. The album spawned the two number-one singles "Stand and Deliver" and "Prince Charming" plus a remixed version of the Top-Ten single "Ant Rap".

Release[edit]

Prince Charming was released in November 1981 by record label CBS. The album spawned the two number-one singles "Stand and Deliver" and "Prince Charming" plus a remixed version of the Top 10 single "Ant Rap".

The album was remastered and reissued in 2004 with six bonus demo tracks.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]

In his retrospective review, AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "the songs just aren't there", stating that it "simply has style and sound – which, in retrospect, isn't all that bad",[1] while Rolling Stone called it "exactly the same album [as Kings of the Wild Frontier], except with a blue cover."[2]

Title track controversy[edit]

The song "Prince Charming" bears musical similarities to Rolf Harris' 1965 song "War Canoe", and in March 2010 Harris claimed on BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Baker Show that an out-of-court settlement had been reached and a large sum of royalties received after a musicologist had found the two songs to be musically identical.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Scorpios"   2:46
2. "Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios"   3:28
3. "Prince Charming"   3:18
4. "Five Guns West"   5:02
5. "That Voodoo!"   4:18
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Stand and Deliver"   3:35
2. "Mile High Club"   2:42
3. "Ant Rap"   3:26
4. "Mowhok"   3:28
5. "S.E.X."   3:50
6. "The Lost Hawaiians" (unlisted track) 1:05

Note: Some releases have "Prince Charming" as track 1 and "Scorpios" as track 3.

Personnel[edit]

Adam and the Ants
Technical

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Prince Charming – Adam and the Ants | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (Revised ed.). Simon and Schuster. p. 5. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 

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