Prince Charming (album)

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Prince Charming
Adam and the Ants Prince Charming.jpg
Studio album by Adam and the Ants
Released 14 November 1981
Recorded August 1981
Studio Air Studios, London, England
Genre New wave
Length 37:21
Label CBS
Producer Chris Hughes
Adam and the Ants chronology
Kings of the Wild Frontier
(1980)
Prince Charming
(1981)
Singles from Prince Charming
  1. "Stand and Deliver"
    Released: April 1981
  2. "Prince Charming"
    Released: September 1981
  3. "Ant Rap"
    Released: December 1981

Prince Charming is the third album by and final credited to Adam and the Ants (future albums would be credited to Adam Ant), released in November 1981. This album features bass player Gary Tibbs in place of Kevin Mooney, the bassist on Kings of the Wild Frontier. The album included the band's two number-one UK hit singles "Stand and Deliver" and "Prince Charming" as well as "Ant Rap", which went to Number 1 in Australia.

The album peaked at number 2 in the UK charts and received mixed reviews from critics.

Content[edit]

The hidden track, "The Lost Hawaiians", is an instrumental remake of "Los Rancheros" from their previous album, Kings of the Wild Frontier.

Release[edit]

Prince Charming was released in November 1981 by Columbia Records. The album spawned the two UK number 1 singles "Stand and Deliver" (with a different ending from the single version) and "Prince Charming", which reached number 1 in April and September 1981 respectively, and "Ant Rap" which reached number 3 in January 1982 when it was remixed.

The album was remastered and reissued in 2004 with six bonus demo tracks.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]
Smash Hits 5/10 stars[3]
Trouser Press unfavourable[4]

Writing in Smash Hits magazine in November 1981, Ian Birch gave the album 5 out of 10 and commented "Gone are the strong melodies that made Kings of the Wild Frontier so addictive; in are elaborate details (the intros are the highpoint here)...The surface might be glossily busy but it's no substitute for good songs."[3] In his retrospective review, AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "the songs just aren't there", stating that it "simply has style and sound – which, in retrospect, isn't all that bad",[1] while Rolling Stone called it "exactly the same album [as Kings of the Wild Frontier], except with a blue cover."[2] Trouser Press called it "a letdown" and that "much of the LP seems forced, ill-tempered and silly."[4]

Title track controversy[edit]

The song "Prince Charming" employs strong musical influences in common with Rolf Harris' 1965 song "War Canoe", and in March 2010 Harris claimed on BBC Radio 5 Live's Danny Baker Show that an out-of-court settlement had been reached and a large sum of royalties received after a musicologist had found the two songs to be musically identical.[5] "Prince Charming" producer Chris Hughes has stated that Harris withdrew his complaint "with a bit of a giggle" when Adam Ant pointed out that both tracks borrowed heavily from an old Maori recording of a 'War Canoe'-type song.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Scorpios" 2:46
2. "Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios" 3:28
3. "Prince Charming" 3:18
4. "Five Guns West" 5:02
5. "That Voodoo!" 4:18
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Stand and Deliver" 3:35
2. "Mile High Club" 2:42
3. "Ant Rap" 3:26
4. "Mowhok" 3:28
5. "S.E.X." 3:50
6. "The Lost Hawaiians" (unlisted track) 1:05

Note: Some releases have "Prince Charming" as track 1 and "Scorpios" as track 3.

Personnel[edit]

Adam and the Ants
Technical

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Prince Charming – Adam and the Ants | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (Revised ed.). Simon and Schuster. p. 5. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Birch, Ian (12 November 1981). "Album Reviews". Smash Hits. EMAP Metro. 3 (23): 25. 
  4. ^ a b Young, Jon; Lewis, Kate; Rompers, Terry. "TrouserPress.com :: Adam Ant". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Danny Baker and Rolf Harris discuss Adam Ant's Prince Charming". The Danny Baker Show (Interview). Interview with Danny Baker. 27 March 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Classic Tracks: Adam & The Ants 'Stand & Deliver'". Sound on Sound (Interview). Interview with Richard Buskin. January 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 

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