The Indelible, Flamboyant New Wave of Adam Ant
by Dave Segal
on Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM
(Showbox at the Market) Adam Ant was one of the biggest, most flamboyant pop stars of '80s Britain—which is really saying something. He and his Ants pushed a gimmicky and ultra-catchy brand of Burundi beat–powered, glammy new wave, peaking with 1980's Kings of the Wild Frontier. (Dirk Wears White Sox is a close second.) Adam and guitarist/co-songwriter Marco Pirroni crafted earworms so distinctive that I can recall some of the hooks instantly after going more than 30 years between listens. Now 58 but looking superbly fit, Adam returns with a new album, Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter. Unlike many records by aging '80s musical icons, this one's pretty good. It sounds like it could be the successor to 1981's Prince Charming, with the camp element muted a bit. Recent set lists for this tour lean heavily on Adam's early output, which is a great idea.