Strip (Adam Ant album)
|Studio album by Adam Ant|
|Recorded||Summer 1983 in Stockholm, Sweden|
|Genre||Rock, pop rock|
|Producer||Adam Ant, Richard James Burgess, Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham, Marco Pirroni|
|Adam Ant chronology|
Strip is the second solo album by Adam Ant, released in 1983. It marked a decline in Ant's success, as it only reached #65 in the US and #20 in the UK.
The lead single from the album was "Puss 'n Boots", which continued the pantomime themes and fashions of Ant's earlier work. The single reached #5 on the UK chart in 1983, becoming Ant's final UK top ten hit, although other top 20 hits would follow. The title track, "Strip" was released as a single in 1984 and reached #41 on the UK singles chart and #42 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
An extensive tour of the US was undertaken after the release. In Adam Ant's 2006 autobiography, he mentions that the promoters and tour managers were incentivized with higher pay if the album hit the Top 40 in the US. It got to #65.
Some performances of the tour can be found on YouTube. It was the biggest American tour of Ant's career, with dates in many cities, and was famous for the showmanship involved; this included a vine-covered bridge suspended above the audience, and a Houdini-style immersion tank, which Ant would jump in and emerge from wearing only black shorts - after "stripping" his stage costume off during the course of the show.
Phil Collins plays drums on "Puss 'n Boots" and "Strip". Singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad, of ABBA fame, also performs the female spoken part on "Strip". The album was re-released in a remastered edition in 2005 with eight bonus tracks. In 2008, "Strip" was featured in the comedy film You Don't Mess with the Zohan and is featured on the soundtrack.
- "Strip" - 3:48
- "Baby, Let Me Scream at You" - 4:07
- "Libertine" - 4:19
- "Spanish Games" - 3:00
- "Vanity" - 4:08
- "Puss 'n Boots" - 3:52
- "Playboy" - 3:50
- "Montreal" - 4:23
- "Navel to Neck" - 3:41
- "Amazon" - 3:50
- Adam Ant: vocals, bass guitar
- Marco Pirroni: guitars
- Richard James Burgess: keyboards, percussion
- Phil Collins: drums, percussion
- Anni-Frid Lyngstad: additional vocals
- Produced by Adam Ant, Richard James Burgess, Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham, and Marco Pirroni
- Production assistants: Anders Andersson, Jean-Luc Fauvel, Radu Wouk
- Recorded and engineered by Hugh Padgham
- Mixed by Michael B. Tretow
Additional tracks on the 2005 remaster
- "Strip" (Demo version)
- "Dirty Harry" (Demo version)
- "Horse You Rode in On" (Demo version)
- "She Wins Zulus" (Demo version)
- "Puss 'n Boots" (Demo version)
- "Playboy" (Rehearsal)
- "Navel to Neck" (Rehearsal)
- "Strip" (Live)