Hello my pretties. I have something special for you today. I came up with this new idea for a recurring series that I’ve dubbed “Record Roulette”. If you’ve ever been to record store, you know about the chance you take searching through the unwanted, abused LP’s. These albums are usually sold cheap, but sometimes you end up with a steaming pile of shit. With this series, I’m going to gambling away my money on some of these discarded records. But, like any game of chance it needs a few rules. I can’t have listened to the record before, and it can’t be more than $5. Then I’m going to review it. I don’t know how how this is going to go, but I think it will be fun to see what gems, or dead bodies, I dig up. Enjoy.
We’re gettin’ trashy
The Artist: Adam and the Ants
The Record: Kings of the Wild Frontier
The Price: $5.00
The Draw: How could I say no to that cover? And the name rings a bell, I think they’re an 80’s New Wave band. But, with song titles like “Dog Eat Dog,” ‘Antmusic,’ and “Los Rancheros” it was meant to be. But seriously, how could I say no to that cover?
After a brief stint on Wikipedia, I found out that Adam and the Ants is indeed classified into the late-70’s early-80’s British post-punk/new wave genus. Kings of the Wild Frontier was the band’s second album, and the release that drove the Adam and the Ants into mainstream UK popularity. It peaked at #1 on the UK Album Charts, and spawned two hit singles: “Dog Eat Dog” and ‘Antimusic’.
On my first listen, I’m initially draw into Kings of the Wild Frontier by the singer’s, who I only assume is Adam, voice. He sings with the seductive nature of Debbie Harry and the raw attitude of Johnny Rotten. Sometimes more playful and sometimes more aggressive, Adam is indeed his name, changes his demeanor depending on the track’s atmosphere. Apparent on the opener, “Dog Eat Dog” comes at you with primordial drums, a staple on KOTWF, featuring Adam Ant at the helm declaring, “Only idiots ignore the truth.”
Throughout Kings of the Wild Frontier, I’m continuously reminded of The Hives. I’m not sure if The Hives consider Adam and the Ants an influence but, the guitar, the in-your-face frontman, the choruses, and the sometimes campy song themes all mirror pages out of The Hives playbook. Another similarity between the two is how self-aware the lyrics are. On songs like ‘Antmusic,’ “Ants Invasion,” “The Magnificent Five,” “Press Darlings,” and the title track, the listener feels the presence of the band in the music. KOTWF gives Adam and the Ants an almost gang-like feel.
Overall, I’m really happy, and kind of shocked, with the first record I choose to review in this manner. I will definitely be listening to Kings of the Wild Frontier more, and will without a doubt be playing more “Record Roulette”. Stay tuned babes.