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More Concise than "Antics"
on May 5, 2004
Adam and The Ants were probably more exciting than their actual music, but while they were shaking people up with their antics, they were great fun. Their lone really good album, "Kings Of The Wild Frontier," is well represented here, but with the exception of updating the song list to include a couple of later day 80's and 90's songs, it's hard to call any of this music "essential." The digital remaster does enhance the flat sounding CD's from Ant's career, and maybe a notch better than "Antics." I'm also grateful that someone realized that, historically, "Dirk Wears White Sox" smelled of old laundry, and limited this collection solely to "Zerox" from his formative period.
If you remember the post-"Dirk" videos and songs fondly, this is an entertaining byproduct of the video happy era when "Antmusic" lured in hip college and high schoolers (I was a college junior at the time). So to my tastes, I'd had wished for "Beat My Guest" over the vile annoyance of "Ant Rap" and the inclusion of "Vive Le Rock" from the album of the same name. Had that been the track listing, I may have bumped the CD up a star. But like most of the many labels "Essential/Millenium" styled series, there seems to be an unwritten rule to give not quite everything worth having on each disc.
These days, Adam's personal problems are certainly overshadowing his days of rock and roll notoriety. But there's just no denying it, when Adam and secret weapon/guitarist Marco were in their prime, they racked up a string of hooky singles that most song writers would sell their beads and makeup for. Even his last two hits (the dance heavy "Room At The Top" and the dreamy "Wonderful") have a certain charm that belie Adam's 15 year run as a record maker.