Vive Le Rock

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This article is about the music album. For the magazine, see Vive Le Rock (magazine).
Vive Le Rock
Studio album by Adam Ant
Released September 1985
Recorded 1984-1985
Genre Rock, pop rock
Length 36:40
Label CBS Records
CBS 26583
Producer Tony Visconti, Adam Ant
Adam Ant chronology
Vive Le Rock
Manners & Physique
Singles from Vive Le Rock
  1. "Apollo 9"
  2. "Vive Le Rock"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[2]

Vive Le Rock is the third solo album by Adam Ant, released in 1985.[3]

This album at first received only minor attention in the United States, peaking only at #131. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at #42. One single from the album was released in the United States - the title track "Vive Le Rock." The 12th track "Human Bondage Den" was released on the original cassette and CD release of this album (as a bonus non-LP track). Most re-releases did not feature this track until Columbia Records re-released the album in 2005 (along with seven other bonus tracks).

Producer Tony Visconti, famous for his 1970's work with Ant's heroes Marc Bolan and David Bowie, commented recently on his work with Adam on Vive Le Rock: "What a creative ball of energy! He was great to work with. He's very opinionated and knows what he wants. We didn't quite agree during the mixes, he kind of wanted everything very trebly and I'm a bassey kind of producer."[this quote needs a citation]

The album was a realization of the new "rockers in space" ethic and look Adam Ant had begun with the hit UK single "Apollo 9" in September 1984, which peaked at #13. Many say Vive Le Rock's failure was that Adam's new concept did not click with the buying public. However, one could possibly attribute the failure of the album to the fact that it was so long in coming; "Apollo 9" was a hit a year before Vive Le Rock's release. Ant himself has stated, in his autobiography, Stand and Deliver, that "Vive Le Rock" (the single release of the title track) only entered the charts in the UK at #64, and peaked at #50; the fact that his then-current record label was unwilling to work heavily on promotion for the album left him depressed and unenthusiastic about his future in music. This may have led to his decision to work heavily on his acting career and put his music career on hold until the release of Manners & Physique in 1990. However, in the same book, Ant discusses his performance at Live Aid, where the band before him played over their allotted time, so he could only play one song. He chose the current single, "Vive Le Rock." While his acrobatic performance left him winded, he states that "as Bowie played 'TVC15', 'Rebel Rebel' and 'Heroes', I gaped in awe. Here was a lesson in how to be a star. How far I had yet to go."

Album tracks[edit]

  1. "Vive Le Rock" 3:39
  2. "Miss Thing" 3:08
  3. "Razor Keen" 3:49
  4. "Rip Down" 3:23
  5. "Scorpio Rising" 4:04
  6. "Apollo 9" 3:22
  7. "Hell's Eight Acres" 3:51
  8. "Mohair Lockeroom Pin-Up Boys" 3:14
  9. "No Zap" 3:14
  10. "P.O.E." 3:24
  11. "Apollo 9 (Acapella Reprise)" 1:32 (Secret track)
  12. "Human Bondage Den" (Bonus track - CD and Cassette versions only)

Sony Records re-release from 2005 included the following bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Vive Le Rock" (Unreleased 12" Mix)
  2. "Apollo 9" (Unreleased Francois K 7" Mix)
  3. "Doggy Style" (Unreleased Demo Track)
  4. "Night They Vietcong" (Unreleased Demo Track)
  5. "Rip Down" (Demo Version)
  6. "Big Big Man" (Unreleased Demo Track)
  7. "Apollo 9" (Francois K Splashdown Mix)
  8. "Vive Le Rock" (Unreleased US 7" Mix)



  • Produced By Tony Visconti & Adam Ant
  • Engineer: Tony Visconti
  • Assistant Engineer: Sven Taits
  • Mixing: Francois Kevorkian
  • Mastering: Ray Staff


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Adam Ant Vive Le Rock review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Howard (17 October 1985). "Adam Ant 'Vive le Rock'". Kerrang! 105. London, UK: Morgan Grampian. p. 24. 
  3. ^ Billboard

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