Thursday, September 14, 2006

The ant-icipation was killing me

Even though Cynnie said I must have some "humungous huevos" to admit to liking Adam Ant, I feel no shame. After all, who was it who taught us that "ridicule is nothing to be scared of"? Adam fucking Ant, that's who! To that end, I'm just going to fill everyone in on my recent purchases.

1. Stand & Deliver: The Very Best Of Adam and the Ants CD. Despite the fact that I'm fairly certain (I haven't yet compared) this CD has THE EXACT SAME tracklisting as the last greatest-hits package I bought some 12 years or more ago, I got it anyway. Partly because it came with a DVD of eight of Ad's vids. You'll remember how pissed off I was about the Digital Tenderness DVD being cancelled...

2. Stand & Deliver: The Autobiography book. Well, you know, I've waited a long time for this. It arrived in the post yesterday. Lovely and hardback and full of words, apart from the bits where there are pictures. I figured I should get tucked in ASAP, unless I decide instead to listen to...

3. Stand & Deliver: The Autobiography audiobook, as read by Adam himself. I ordered this yesterday, and it was dispatched today, so it should be in my grubby mitts within a day or two. I'll put it on the iPod. Saves me reading, doesn't it? Heaven forbid. That said, in the excerpt I listened to online today, Mr Ant didn't exactly sound inspired. He sounded a bit too much like he was reading rather than telling, if you know what I mean.

This flurry of Ant activity reminds me of when his okay-in-places Manners & Physique album came out, back in 1990, I think. I bought it on CD, vinyl, and tape.

Some of you, including my dear Red, are undoubtedly wondering if I've gone as loopy as Adam himself, but no. The truth is, those Antfans that remain loyal desperately need to show that there is a market for new product. Only by so doing will we ever see the release of the mooted Demos Box Set, among other things.

So there is a "method in our madness", after all.



Anonymous the cappuccino kid. said...

why, why, why do people take the piss out of you for liking mr goddard? the man had a talent for writing really good pop songs!
not sure on the validity of his punkness, but he WAS good!
i empathise with you, i still get ripped for liking weller, even though the fact is he is the third most prolific singer songwriter this country has ever had! (so i read somewhere)
i may even go out and buy myself a copy too! good work fella.

14 September, 2006 20:51  
Blogger The_'Real'_Batman said...

goddard wasn't that bad, but he does grate after a while, but in no way as bad as Mariah Carey/Lindsey Lohan/Hilary Duff/Britney Spears/Christina Aguilera etc etc

14 September, 2006 21:05  
Anonymous Sir Stewart Wallace said...

I fuckin loved Adam and the Ants!
Mind you, I was about 9.

14 September, 2006 22:20  
Blogger Fruning Graplecard said...

I wont laugh at your Adam Ant if you don't laugh at my Jethro Tull.

Are they sending it in a plain unmarked envelope?

14 September, 2006 23:05  
Blogger Camie Vog said...

I have been racking my brain over my Adam Ant incident that was mentioned by Ron at Fluffy Stuffin'....

Similar to 4D's substance induced memory lapses, I think I may have put my finger on it. It was after his show here in Ann Arbor. Give me a bit, I'm sure the brain cells will kick in.

14 September, 2006 23:39  
Anonymous lee said...

You and your "humongous huevos" stand tall...and I suppose, bow-legged. Adam Ant was adorable!

15 September, 2006 01:07  
Anonymous Pie said...

You didn't use to do the weird makeup thing too did you?

15 September, 2006 09:07  
Blogger Kate said...

It would be hypocritical of me to laugh at your liking for Adam and the Ants - I'm still a big fan of Spandau Ballet.

15 September, 2006 12:40  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Cappy: It's funny, cos AA had a bit of a revival in the light of the Britpop movement, with many southern artists crediting him with being a huge inspiration. And then the going-mad thing changed all that and made him a bit of a joke. But one has to differentiate, to some extent, between the music and the real person, perhaps?

Shamash: Ouch! You can't even put those girls in the same ballpark, fella.

Sir Stew: I was 10 when I "discovered" the Ants.

FG: Jethro Tull?! Oh, I reserve the right to laugh ;-P
To be fair, I think I've heard almost nothing by them. Don't they use flutes and things?

15 September, 2006 13:03  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Camie: I've been waiting for it ever since Ron mentioned it.

Lee: Another fine specimen for you at A Blog About Nowt, huh? I'm standing tall, don't worry. Well, tall-ish.

Pie: Oh yes I did, when I was about 19/20/21, I was never out without being fully made-up.

Kate: Spandau Ballet were never really my thing, but they did make some really good records.

15 September, 2006 13:07  
Blogger Camie Vog said...

Okay. I think I have got it. I tried calling my high school best friend who was with me about it. Unfortunately, she didn't answer my call, she just had her first baby and all...
It was in 1983, I was 14. The first show had been cancelled a few months earlier. My friends brother had tickets, we did not. He talked us into driving to the show with him and his buddy, telling us we could get tickets at the door. The show was totally sold out, and we couldn't get more tickets. Her brother and his friend said "oh well" and headed for the door. He wouldn't give us his car keys, but he did give us 2 blunts and his flask (which was half full). We hung out around Ann Arbor, smoking and drinking. We ended up behind the venue near the tour bus towards the end of the show. We were the only people back there. When the show ended, Adam Ant and the band exited the rear door and scrambled for the bus. Not in our right minds, we shouted for him and he stopped and waved. We rushed up to him, my friend asked for an autograph. But, WE DIDN'T HAVE A PEN!!! My friend started to cry (for real. remember the flask), so Adam hugged her and put his hand on my shoulder. Then he ran to the bus, since the concert crowd was coming around the building.
Sorry for the long comment about this (should have emailed it). If my friend ever calls me back, I'll verify my story to make sure I got it right. It was a long time ago. Geez, I don't even remember telling Ron about it. I wish it could have been more exciting, but hey, I was 14.

15 September, 2006 14:25  
Blogger Tanya said...

See? The van WAS a message from the Universe.

15 September, 2006 14:33  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Adam and The Ants, their peers, FACE magazine and so much of the clothes and times were really one of the most exciting times in music. Really so few movements in music and style and attitude come together...ravers/techno, their wild hair and wardrobes plaus early rap were some of the really incredible times in music and fashion where it so much a shift in how we can look at things.

I seem to recall you are not a fan of 24 Hour Party People * , is that so? For me that movie touches onto the kind of energy that spreads for years through music and Adam and The Ants.

Its really only people who are afraid of their personality being restricted by a kind of brand association with music...yes, that is huge when you are young, often making friends with only people who listen to a compact trend in music...but music of all the one that over time is something you tend to want to explore all types and styles...

Okay, maybe not Mariah Carey, ugh yuck.

15 September, 2006 17:01  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Camie: That's cool. So you met the Ant, huh, and he laid his hand upon you, and yet you have nothing to show for it. That's a drag! Good story. Thanks for sharing, girl.

Tanya: You're so right!

Candy: It's true; this was one of those really unified times in popular culture. I'd never really thought about it like that. I've actually never seen 24 Hour Party People, but I'm not a fan of the music scene around which it is based. I do like the director, though, so I should give it a go someday. Your last point is interesting too, since I find I am ever more receptive to different music, far more so than in the past (with some obvious exceptions, yes).

16 September, 2006 07:28  
Anonymous the cappuccino kid. said...

that is probably the only time we will ever see mariah careys name here! shit and bugger, thats twice!

16 September, 2006 08:36  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Cappy: Come now, let's not make a habit of this!

17 September, 2006 10:32  
Blogger Kate said...

"Spandau Ballet were never really my thing, but they did make some really good records."

That's understandable, I think they were more of a girly thing. Having said that it used to surprise people that I liked them, at the time I was a biker chick and I modelled myself on Siouxsie Sioux - and I have extremely embarassing photos to prove it (blush)

18 September, 2006 23:06  

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