Adam and the Ants

Press Darlings

Composed by Adam Ant

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One of two songs from Kings of the Wild Frontier that pre-dates the early-1981 remodeling of Adam and the Ants from dour post-punkers to glammy pirates, "Press Darlings" is a grinding drone that sounds kind of like Joy Division played at 45 RPM, over which Adam Ant pouts and sneers lyrics excoriating the always-obnoxious UK pop press. (This would remain a perennial topic for Adam: note his first solo single "Goody Two Shoes.") It sounds out of place on the otherwise flamboyant Kings of the Wild Frontier, but it would have been the highlight of the previous Dirk Wears White Sox LP had it been recorded then, as it offers tart, sarcastic humor in place of whining pronouncements. In fact, "If evil be the food of genius, there aren't many demons around" is probably the funniest line on the entire album!

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Kings of the Wild Frontier 1980 Epic 4:14
Super Hits 1998 Sbme Special Mkts. / Sony Music 4:12
Dandy Highwaymen: The Best of Adam and the Ants 2007 Music Club Deluxe / Music Club Records 4:13
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