Young Parisians (song)

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"Young Parisians"
Single by Adam and the Ants
A-side "Young Parisians"
B-side "Lady"
Released October 20, 1978
Format 7" single
Recorded Island studios, Basing Street, Notting Hill, August 26, 1978
Genre Acoustic, punk
Label Decca Records
Writer(s) Adam Ant
Producer(s) Adam Ant and Jo Julian
Adam and the Ants singles chronology
Young Parisians

"Young Parisians" was the debut single of Adam and the Ants, released on Decca Records, on 20 October 1978,.[1] It was produced by the band's singer Adam Ant and session pianist Jo Julian. At this point, the other permanent members of the band were Andy Warren (bass), Dave Barbe (drums) and Matthew Ashman (guitar). Saxophonist Greg Mason also appeared on the A-side.[2]

At the time, the band were combining the punk sound of their earliest days with a more experimental ethos which would characterize their first two albums, the 1979 debut Dirk Wears White Sox and, to some extent, its 1980 follow-up Kings of the Wild Frontier (by which time only Adam Ant remained from the line-up of the debut single). The A-side "Young Parisians" was an acoustic jazz ballad, while the B-side, "Lady" demonstrated the band's capacity for fast-paced punk rock.

In December 1980, following the initial success of the Kings album and its singles "Dog Eat Dog" and "Antmusic", the single was re-promoted in the UK, reaching #9 on the UK Singles Chart. [3] In Australia DJs on Sydney's Double J radio station preferred to play the B-side "Lady" which garnered enough attention for "Lady" rather than the A-Side to appear on the 1980 compilation album 'In the Bag'. [4]

Track list[edit]


  1. "Young Parisians" - 3:02


  1. "Lady" - 2:03



  1. ^ "Young Parisians". 1978-10-20. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  2. ^ "Adam And The Ants - Young Parisians (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  3. ^ "discography". Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  4. ^ "In the Bag track listing". Retrieved 2012-03-22. 

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