Sunday, 6 June 2010

Adam and the Ants - 'Kings of the Wild Frontier'

What a cracking album. Even 30 years after its release, it still has a vitality, freshness and a uniqueness to it that makes it sound as thought it's been beamed in from another planet. I'm not saying that this is an epoch-defining album in the way that, say, Sgt Pepper's has become - it isn't - but as a piece of conceptual pop-art, it's pretty great.

Of course, I'm totally biased. This is the first album I ever bought, and so has a special place in my heart. I can remember going to WH Smiths in Salisbury with my dad and buying it, and the little round price sticker that I carefully peeled off (£2.99). I can remember playing it over and over on my parents' little Dansette-style record player - well, of course I did, it was the the only album I had.

As I just flipped the record over and played the start of side two, the tribal drumming at the start of the track 'Kings of the Wild Frontier' kicked in. My 18 month old son looked delighted and started jumping up and down, and whirling like a dervish, so maybe this record really does stand the test of time.


  1. This is a great album! Did it come with the Adam Ant catalogue inside? Mine did, but I lost it and had to buy it again on ebay.
    By the way, just discovered your blog through your beer blog, and they're both great!
    Man I miss vinyl.

  2. Jim - I remember what you mean, but sadly that's long gone. It really is a great album - it made me dance around my room as an excited pre-teen. Pleased you like the blogs.