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|Single by Adam and the Ants|
|from the album Kings of the Wild Frontier|
|Released||28 November 1980|
|Format||Vinyl record (7")|
|Genre||New wave, glam rock, post-punk|
|Label||Epic (UK); CBS (AUS)|
|Writer(s)||Adam Ant, Marco Pirroni|
|Adam and the Ants singles chronology|
The first single from Kings of the Wild Frontier was the title track, making number 48 (although it re-entered the charts in early 1981 peaking at number 2). The follow-up "Dog Eat Dog" made number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. "Antmusic" peaked at No. 2 in the UK in January 1981, being held off the top by the re-release of John Lennon's "Imagine" after his murder in New York City on 8 December 1980.
The music video to "Antmusic" featured the group playing in a discothèque with a giant juke box, and persuading the young audience to turn away from disco music and dance to the new-styled 'Ant-Music'. The music video was directed by Steve Barron.
The single spent five weeks at No. 1 in Australia, and earned the band platinum certification for sales of over 100,000. Adam and the Ants toured Australia in 1981 and appeared on influential TV pop show Countdown.
The song was featured in the 2015 film Ant-Man.
Although some overseas singles include the 3:36 album version, the original UK vinyl 7" single is 3:15. This short version has never appeared on CD to date.
- Robbie Williams recorded a cover version on the B-side of his single "No Regrets" in 1998.
- OK Go released a cover version of it on the B-side of the single "Get Over It".
- DJ Hyper recorded a cover featuring Leeroy Thornhill for their album We Control.
- The Charlatans and Dirty Pretty Things covered it live on Transmission on 5 September 2008
- Rogue Traders recorded a song called "Would You Raise Your Hands?" which contained samples from "Antmusic" including the lyrics "So unplug the jukebox and do us all a favour".
- The Quakes recorded a cover version on the album Psyops where it is a ghost track. Psyops/Orrexx Records, 2005.
- Hypnolovewheel recorded a cover of the song which was included on the compilation album Freedom of Choice: Yesterday's New Wave Hits as Performed by Today's Stars.
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