Strip (Adam Ant album)

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Strip
Strip - Adam Ant.jpg
Studio album by Adam Ant
Released November 1983
Recorded Summer 1983 in Stockholm, Sweden
Genre New wave[citation needed]
Label Columbia
Producer
Adam Ant chronology
Friend or Foe
(1982)
Strip
(1983)
Vive Le Rock
(1985)
Singles from Strip
  1. "Puss 'n Boots"
  2. "Strip"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Trouser Press unfavourable[2]

Strip is the second solo album by Adam Ant, released in 1983.

It marked a decline in Ant's success, as it only reached number 65 in the US and number 20 in the UK. It was poorly received by critics.

Production[edit]

Phil Collins plays drums on "Puss 'n Boots" and "Strip",[3] Collins also aided in production duties for the two tracks he played on, and enlisted Hugh Padgham to assist with the production and engineering of those sessions. Singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad, of ABBA fame, also performs the female spoken part on "Strip".

Content[edit]

The cover photograph was fashioned after actress Jane Russell's famous photo from Howard Hughes's 1943 film The Outlaw.

Release[edit]

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 number 5 on the UK chart in 1983, becoming Ant's final UK top 10 hit, although other top 20 hits would follow.[citation needed] The title track, "Strip" was released as a single in 1984 and reached number 41 on the UK singles chart and number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[citation needed]

The album was re-released in a remastered edition in 2005 with eight bonus tracks.

Tour[edit]

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 given the incentive of higher pay if the album hit the Top 40 in the US. It got to number 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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni.

  1. "Strip" – 3:48
  2. "Baby, Let Me Scream at You" – 4:07
  3. "Libertine" – 4:19
  4. "Spanish Games" – 3:00
  5. "Vanity" – 4:08
  6. "Puss 'n Boots" – 3:52
  7. "Playboy" – 3:50
  8. "Montreal" – 4:23
  9. "Navel to Neck" – 3:41
  10. "Amazon" – 3:50
Additional tracks on the 2005 remaster
  1. "Strip" (Demo Version)
  2. "Dirty Harry" (Demo Version)
  3. "Horse You Rode in On" (Demo Version)
  4. "She Wins Zulus" (Demo Version)
  5. "Puss 'n Boots" (Demo Version)
  6. "Playboy" (Rehearsal)
  7. "Navel to Neck" (Rehearsal)
  8. "Strip" (Live)

Personnel[edit]

Technical
  • Hugh Padgham – production, recording, engineering
  • Anders Andersson – production assistance
  • Jean-Luc Fauvel – production assistance
  • Radu Wouk – production assistance
  • Michael B. Tretow – mixing
  • Allan Ballard - photography

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