Stewart Copeland

Out of Bounds [12" Extended Remix]

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1986 found the unlikely paring of Adam Ant and Stewart Copeland on the soundtrack to the film Out of Bounds. Aside from both of them being '80s superstars, the two had very little in common -- save the fact that they were both increasingly working in film and television by this time (Ant was acting, Copeland was writing music). Nevertheless, the odd duo's one-off titular track contains some signature stylings from both artists. Stewart Copeland's impeccable drumming is here, but the driving techno-pop feel of the track leaves little room for his trademark snare fills and deft hi-hat flourishes. Adam Ant delivers an adequate performance as well, but his vocals seem a little out-of-place and pasted-on, rather than fully integrated into the song. Lyrically, the tune is loaded with Ant's classic rhymes of convenience. Lines like "Run little girl/Fast as you can/You'll run yourself a marathon" and "Missouri or Idaho/It does not matter where you go" are clearly not poetic manna but at least they are in keeping with Ant's sense of campy fun. The B-side extended mix offers a decidedly more cinematic take on the tune, with longer instrumental sections and a little less sonic density. This treatment actually benefits the track greatly, adding quite a bit of propulsion in the process, and is ultimately the best of the two sides.