Adam and the Ants


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After Malcolm McLaren annexed the original Ants for Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant teamed up with guitarist/songwriter Marco Pirroni (formerly of the Motels and Siouxsie & the Banshees) and drummer/producer Chris Hughes (aka Merrick) to form a new group under the Ants moniker. Their first project involved reapproaching and re-recording some of the Ants' earlier material and ultimately led to the release of a completely new version of the album Dirk Wears White Sox. Prior to that full-length release, Adam and his new Ants cut an alternate, one-part version of "Cartrouble" and put it out as a single (backed with a reworked version of "Kick"). The new Ants managed a minor hit with that single and, to cash in on the action, Do It Records rummaged through their collection of the original Ants studio tapes and compiled an EP titled Antmusic. It featured alternate mixes of some tunes (most notably, the angular two-part "Cartrouble"), as well as some previously unreleased material (like the goofy "Friends" and the brilliant grind-rocker "Physical"). Although most of these songs can be found on more recent CD compilations (like Epic/Legacy's B-Side Babies and Columbia's Antbox), with better fidelity and less hassle, the Antmusic EP stands on its own merit, with these songs providing a vital link between Adam Ant the art-punk and Adam Ant the art-popster.

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