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Adam and the Ants – Dirk Wears White Sox (1979)

Adam and the Ants – Dirk Wears White Sox (1979)

This crowd actually had their roots in punk and post-punk! Hard to believe? Then check this early work out!

This was the early incarnation of the band.

They changed many of their members and their musical style after this LP and went on then to produce some great pop music later!

Late 1979 saw the release of their debut album Dirk Wears White Sox (1979, Do It Records).

The title references acclaimed British actor Dirk Bogarde.

The album was somewhat dark, with post-punk riffs and some vestiges of glam rock, as well as attempts to fuse this sound with funk and soul. Lyrically it attempted to address subjects such as fetishism, historical figures like Adolf Hitler, John F. Kennedy and Cleopatra as well as art history, particularly the Futurism movement.

It gained a cult following, rather than commercial success, leading a frustrated Adam to hire Malcolm McLaren (manager of the Sex Pistols) in the hope of more widespread recognition.

In January 1980, McLaren convinced the rest of the band, then comprising guitarist Matthew Ashman, bassist Leigh Gorman and drummer Dave Barbarossa to leave the Ants and form Bow Wow Wow, fronted by Annabella Lwin.

A new version of the Ants was formed with Marco Pirroni (guitar), Kevin Mooney (bass guitar), and two drummers, Terry Lee Miall and Chris Hughes. Pirroni would become an influential member of the group, co-writing many of their songs with Adam Ant.


01 – Cartrouble Pts 12
02 – Digital Tenderness
03 – Nine Plan Failed
04 – Day I Met God
05 – Tabletalk
06 – Cleopatra
07 – Catholic Day
08 – Never Trust A Man With
09 – Animals Men
10 – Family Of Noise
11 – The Idea
12 – Zerox
13 – Whip In My Valise
14 – Kick
15 – Physical
16 – Cartrouble Hughes Mix
17 – Friends
18 – Cartrouble Single Versi
19 – Kick Single Version



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August 5, 2008 Posted by | Adam and the Ants, Music_Pop, Music_PostPunk, _MUSIC | Leave a comment