Young Parisians

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"Young Parisians"
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Single by Adam and the Ants
A-side "Young Parisians"
B-side "Lady"
Released 20 October 1978
Format Vinyl record (7"), 12" single
Recorded Island studios, Basing Street, Notting Hill, 26 August 1978
Genre Acoustic, punk, new wave
Length 2:22
Label Decca Records
Songwriter(s) Adam Ant
Producer(s) Adam Ant & Jo Julian
Adam and the Ants singles chronology
"Young Parisians"
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Young Parisians

"Young Parisians" was the debut single from Adam and the Ants, released by Decca Records on 20 October 1978.[1] 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.

At the time, the band were combining the punk sound of their earliest days with a more experimental ethos which would characterize their 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).

In December 1980, following the initial success of Kings of the Wild Frontier and its singles "Dog Eat Dog" and 'Antmusic', the single was re-promoted in the UK, reaching #9 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] 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.[3]


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 Matthew Ashman (guitar), Dave Barbarossa (drums) and Andy Warren (bass guitar). Saxophonist Greg Mason also appeared on the A-side.[4]

Track list[edit]


  1. "Young Parisians" - 3:02


  1. "Lady" - 2:03

Damaged Goods[edit]

Damaged Goods Records released a 12" single of "Young Parisians" & "Lady" in 1989. Both tracks appear on the A-side, while two "Dodgy Interviews" appear on the B-side. The first interview was conducted with Zerox Fanzine in Chelmsford 4 February 1979. The second was done for Pogo Fanzine in Italy after the band's performance in Milan 17 October 1978. The A side plays at 45 RPM, and the B side plays at 33 RPM.[5]


  1. ^ "Young Parisians". 1978-10-20. 
  2. ^ "discography". Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  3. ^ "In the Bag". Telmak Records. 
  4. ^ "Adam And The Ants - Young Parisians (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  5. ^ "Young Parisians". 1989. 

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