Stand and Deliver (Adam and the Ants song)

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"Stand and Deliver"
Single by Adam and the Ants
from the album Prince Charming
B-side Beat My Guest
Released Spring 1981
Format vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1980
Genre New wave, glam punk
Length 3:34 (album version)
3:08 (single version)
Label CBS Records
Writer(s) Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni
Producer(s) Chris Hughes
Adam and the Ants singles chronology
"Stand and Deliver"
"Prince Charming"

"Stand and Deliver" was Adam and the Ants' most successful single. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number one on 9 May 1981, and remained there for five weeks.[1] It has sold 1.03 million copies in the UK.[2] On the US Dance chart, "Stand and Deliver" peaked at #38,(along with the track, "Beat My Guest").[3]

Copies of the single "Stand and Deliver" b/w "Beat My Guest" were included as a free bonus item with some vinyl copies of the US version of the album Kings of the Wild Frontier on Epic Records. Epic's cassette edition appended the two tracks to each end of either side of the tape. "Stand and Deliver" was then featured on their follow-up LP, Prince Charming, released in November 1981. The lyric "stand and deliver - your money or your life" was a phrase commonly used by highwaymen in 18th century England during robberies.

Music video[edit]

The costume, general plot arc, etc. of the video all seem based on the 1973 Monty Python sketch Dennis Moore. It features Adam Ant dressed as a "dandy highwayman" who is captured and escapes being hanged from the gallows with help from his accomplices (his band members). The video's opening sequence of Adam Ant putting on his make-up before going out on a robbery became a defining visual image for Adam Ant in the years that followed. The video also has an early appearance by Amanda Donohoe, who at the time was Adam's girlfriend.

Cover versions[edit]

  • Indie rock group Young Knives released the single "Up All Night" with a cover of "Stand and Deliver" recorded at an XFM Radio session as the b-side, and have also performed it at their live shows.
  • In 1997, the song was covered by funk metal band Sugar Ray on their album Floored.
  • Dutch band Mark Foggo's Skasters recorded a ska rendition of the song for their 1998 release St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

No Doubt version[edit]

"Stand and Deliver"
Single by No Doubt
from the album Push and Shove
Released 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Glam punk, punk rock, new wave
Length 3:22
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni
Producer(s) No Doubt
No Doubt singles chronology
"Bathwater (Invincible Overlord Remix)"
"Stand and Deliver"
"Settle Down"

"Stand and Deliver'" is a cover version of the Adam and the Ants song, released by No Doubt.[4] They performed the song while playing a fictional 1980s band, Snowed Out, in the Gossip Girl episode "Valley Girls," airing May 11, 2009, and also performed the song on their 2009 tour during the encore. It eventually appeared on the Deluxe edition bonus disc of the band's sixth studio album Push and Shove, released 21 September 2012 exclusively to Target.[5] Being a digital download, a live performance of the song was used as a music video.

Other media[edit]

"Save the Gorilla"[edit]

In 2003, Adam Ant embarked upon an ill-fated attempt to raise awareness of the plight of the endangered mountain gorilla in Central Africa by reworking "Stand and Deliver" into "Save the Gorilla."[6] Co-writer Marco Pirroni and EMI Records blocked its release just days before its intended release on 17 November, and it never saw the light of day.[7]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 393–4. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 22. 
  4. ^ Daniel Kreps (April 8, 2009). "No Doubt Go New Wave With "Stand And Deliver" Cover". Rolling Stone. 
  5. ^ "Target and No Doubt Team Up for Exclusive Deluxe Edition of "Push And Shove"". August 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Adam Ant Save the Gorilla". Wildlight Limited. August 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ "EMI 'blocks' Adam Ant charity CD". BBC News. 17 November 2003. 

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Preceded by
"Making Your Mind Up" by Bucks Fizz
UK number-one single
9 May 1981 - 6 June 1981
Succeeded by
"Being with You" by Smokey Robinson