In 1980 saw the album charts dominated by ABBA but a scally lot from London were about to unleash there post punk Burundi sound and knock the Swedish Popsters of there perch.
This week in 1981 saw Adam and the Ants rise to the top of the album charts with Kings of the Wild Frontier. Released in November 1980 the album knocked off ABBA in January 1981 and cemented there position as the most talked about group in the early 1980s.
The album was released by CBS and wasn’t without it’s early problems. Adam backing suffered a mass exit when music Guru the late Malcolm McLaren persuaded the band to leave and form his own supergroup Bow Wow Wow to complement the thriving New Romantic scene. Undeterred Adam continued with his long term musical partner Marco Pirroni to finish the album.
The album was three single releases in the UK and were all huge hits. The self titled song reached number 2 and this was followed by Dog eat Dog which reached number 2 and the perhaps the true Ant anthem Antmusic peaked at number 2 only kept off the top spot by John Lennon’s Imagine.
The album was a huge international hit and the album received several distinctions including best selling UK album in 1981, the 1982 BRIT award for best album and was featured in the music book ‘1001 albums you must listen to before you die’.
The tracks on the album are:-
Dog eat Dog
Feed me to the lions
Killer in the home
Kings of the Wild Frontier
The magnificent 5
Don’t be square (be there)
The human beings