Kings of the Wild Frontier Album is by Adam and the Ants, who were an English, new wave band. Their second album was released on the 3rd of November 1980 under the record label CBS Records in the United Kingdom and Epic internationally.
All twelve tracks were written by frontman Adam Ant and band member Marco Pirroni. Production for the album was by Chris ‘ Merrick ‘ Hughes, a British music producer and former member of the band. Along with Adam and the Ants, he has worked with a variety of recording artists including Tears For Fears, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Wang Chung, Jon Bon Jovi and Tori Amos.
Retrospectively reviewing the album for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded it just short of five stars and called the Kings of the Wild Frontier album ” one of the great defining albums of its time. “
After losing the original line-up when record producer Malcolm McLaren lured them to form Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni recruited Kevin Mooney, Terry Lee Miall and Chris Hughes. Adam Ant began writing new material with Marco Pirroni.
The Kings of the Wild Frontier album signalled the start of ” Ant Music “, inspired by Native American culture. The album incorporates musical styles of punk and classic rock ‘n ‘ roll, with Burundi beat, characteristic drumming used by tribal musicians Burundi, the Central African country known officially as the Republic of Burundi. The distinctive Burundi drumming used by Adam and the Ants became popular at the time with other musicians, most notably Bow Wow Wow.
The opening track, ” Dog Eat Dog “, was released on the 3rd of October 1980. Written by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni, it was produced by Chris Hughes. In his autobiography, published in 2007, Adam Ant said that the song was inspired by a quote he’d seen in a newspaper by the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the battle between bands at the time. The expression, according to the Cambridge Dictionary is ” used to describe a situation in which people will do anything to be successful, even if what they do harms other people. “
The single was a successful release for Adam and the Ants. In the United Kingdom, ” Dog Eat Dog ” entered on the UK Singles Chart on the 11th of October 1980 and peaked at number four. It spent three weeks in the Top Ten and sixteen weeks in the Top 100. The single peaked at number thirty-one in New Zealand, spending eleven weeks on the chart there.
Kings of the Wild Frontier album provided Adam and the Ants with a huge hit. In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart at Number One on the 15th of November 1980 and stayed at the top for twelve weeks. It spent thirty-three weeks in the Top Ten and sixty-six weeks in the Top 100.
The album charted outside of the UK during 1981. In Austria, it peaked at number eighteen, eleven in Germany and the Netherlands, four in Sweden and seven in New Zealand.
About Adam and the Ants
Adam and the Ants were an English band that had chart success during the early 1980s. Stuart Leslie Goddard fronted the band as Adam Ant with the best-known line-up consisting of Marco Pirroni, Kevin Mooney, Terry Lee Miall and Chris Hughes.
Although the band’s career was reletively short and their music not taken seriously in the early days, Adam and the Ants have had a considerable influence on many of today’s artists including Robbie Williams, The Charlatans, Nine Inch Nails and Suede.
The British children’s television channel, CBBC, which is owned by the BBC and targeted at children aged from six to twelve years, produced a song in 2011 titled ” Dick Turpin ” for their Horrible Histories programme. The song, an imitation of ” Stand and Deliver “, has popularised the song again, this time with the younger generation.
To date, Adam and the Ants album releases are ten studio and six Compilations. They have also released twenty-five singles and produced twenty-six Music videos.
As award-winning recording artists, Adam and the Ants have won one Ivor Novello Award for Songwriters of the Year and one BRIT for Best Album, their 1980 release, Kings of the Wild Frontier. They also received a Best New Artist Grammy Award nomination the same year.
In March 1982, Adam Ant disbanded the group after he felt that certain band members ” lacked enthusiasm “.
He went on and had a successful solo career scoring ten Top Ten hits on the UK Singles Chart from 1980 to 1983, which included three Number Ones. He is still touring today.
Kings of the Wild Frontier Album Track Listing:
1. Dog Eat Dog
3. Feed Me to the Lions
4. Los Rancheros
5. Ants Invasion
6. Killer in the Home
7. Kings of the Wild Frontier
8. The Magnificent Five
9. Don’t Be Square ( Be There )
10. Jolly Roger
11. Making History
12. The Human Beings