“I think with the Wonderful tour in ’95, I finished the tour of America and I’d had enough.”
Speaking from his office in London, 58-year-old Adam Ant – the Eighties pop idol who fused double-drummer tribal rhythms with Duane Eddy guitars and vintage punk rock, then clothed the blend in a look that proved one part American Indian, three parts pirate – is explaining the long road to his newly self-released double LP of vintage, genre-hopping Antmusic, Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter. It’s a stretch involving glandular fever, the brief pursuit of acting, an even-briefer marriage in Tennessee, and the birth of both his daughter and a memoir, Stand & Deliver: The Autobiography.
“I’d been writing lyrics off and on,” provides Ant with his South London accent and rock star charm. “About three years ago, I started to feel like I wanted to write again.
“I started recording with Boz Boorer, who I’ve worked with before. He’d previously been in my band, but he pretty much works with Morrissey all the time now. It started there, really. It’s just an actual thing, and I felt like the time was right. And also, when I came back to England, I wanted to be able to do it with a bit more freedom. I formed my own record label [Blueblack Hussar Records]; that took quite a lot of time to do.”
He’s been pushing the hits with his crackerjack live band for two years, including a memorable stop in Austin last September. Now they return to play songs from the new album. Venerable Adam Ant opus “Antmusic” put it best: “Unplug the jukebox and do us all favor/That music’s lost its taste, so try another flavor.”– Tim Stegall