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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Adam and The Ants - Dirk Wears White Sox Hammersmith Apollo 19th April 2014

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The Background
Prior to the release of their debut album their first recorded output came on the John Peel Show when they laid down four tracks for a January 1978 Session (Deutscher Girls, Puerto-Rican, It Doesn't Matter and Lou featuring Jordan). On the 24th January 1978 they re-recorded the Deutscher Girls track for Derek Jarman's Jubilee Movie and laid down some overdubs on a version of Plastic Surgery that had originally been recorded in 1977 at a Demos session.

A second Peel Session came in July 1978 and was broadcast on the 17th of the month (tracks included: You're So Physical, Cleopatra, Friends and I'm A Zerox Machine).

Decca Records signed them and only one single was released on October 20th 1978: Young Parisians / Lady. Most people I know prefer the B-side to the A-side.

A third John Peel Session was broadcast in April 1979, songs featured were: Tabletalk, Ligotage, Animals and Men and Never Trust A Man (With Egg On His Face).

After Decca had let them go they signed with Independent Do It Records and released their second single Zerox / Whip In My Valise in June 1979.

The Album
Dirk Wears White Sox was originally released on Do It Records 30th October 1979. It holds the distinction for being the first ever #1 album on the UK Independent Albums Chart in Record Week.

The Line - Up that recorded the album was:
  • Adam Ant – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, harmonica
  • Dave Barbarossa (as Dave Barbe) – percussion
  • Matthew Ashman – guitar, piano
  • Andrew Warren – bass guitar

Side One.

Side Two.
The Aftermath
Not long after the album was released Malcom McLaren took over the management of the band after Adam had gone to him frustrated with the lack of commercial success.
On 26 January 1980, McLaren convinced the rest of the band – then comprising guitarist Matthew Ashman, bassist Leigh Gorman (who had replaced Warren in November 1979) and drummer Dave Barbe – to leave Adam and the Ants and form Bow Wow Wow, fronted by Annabella Lwin.
Between February and April 1980 Adam Ant set about putting together a new band that would feature Marco Pirroini (formerly of Siouxsie and the Banshees - he played guitar at their first ever show at the 100 Club in 1976 as part of the Punk Rock Festival - Sid Vicious played Drums - , The Models - who released a classic single in 1977: Freeze / Man of the Year on Step Forward Records) on guitar and partner in writing many of Adam Ant's future hit singles right on into the 1990's.
As a contract filler for Do It Records in February 1980 Adam and the Ants released a re-recorded version of Cartrouble. John Moss (formerly of punk band London - who had recorded an album Animal Games and two singles: Everyone's A Winner and Summer of Love - and The Damned and future drummer of Culture Club) played on the single (he is credited as Terrys 1 and 2). Marco did the guitar and bass parts.

Unaided by label support the new band (now consisting of Adam Ant - Vocals, Marci Pirroni - Guitar, Kevin Mooney - Bass, Chris 'Merrick' Hughes and Terry Lee Miall both on Drums) hit the road for The Ants Invasion Tour and were rewarded a contract at the end of it with CBS Records. 
 The rest, as they say, is history!
19th April 2014 - Record Store Day.
Prior to the Hammersmith show Adam Ant took part in RSD Events at Rough Trade West and in Soho and performed Acoustic sets that included a few cover versions. I'm not too sure of how many songs he played or of the order that they were played in so I'll just stick them all here randomly. A Limited Vinyl Edition of 2,000 Copies of Dirk Wears White Sox was released on Ant's BlueBlack Hussar label for Record Store Day 2014.

Rough Trade West

 Berwick Street.

Hammersmith Apollo Show.
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