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Kings of the Wild Frontier
Kings of the Wild Frontier
is the second album by English new wave band Adam and the Ants. It was released in November 1980 by CBS Records International. This album introduced the "Burundi beat" sound to popular music.[3]

Contents

1 Background & recording 2 Release 3 Reception 4 Legacy 5 Track listing

5.1 US version

6 Super Deluxe Edition

6.1 CD 1 6.2 CD 2, Adam & The Ants Live in Chicago, 1981 6.3 DVD 6.4 Gold Vinyl LP

7 Personnel 8 Chart positions 9 References 10 External links

Background & recording[edit] After having his previous backing band wooed away by producer Malcolm McLaren to form Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant
Adam Ant
recorded Kings of the Wild Frontier with guitarist Marco Pirroni as his new writing partner. Release[edit] Kings of the Wild Frontier
Kings of the Wild Frontier
was released on 3 November 1980 by CBS Records in the UK and Epic records internationally. It reached No. 1 in the UK Album
Album
Chart,[4] and spawned three hit singles: "Kings of the Wild Frontier", which was released in July and reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart; "Dog Eat Dog", which reached No. 4; and 'Antmusic', released in December and reaching No. 2,[5] as well as No. 1 in Australia for five weeks.[6] The album was the UK number 1 selling album in 1981 (and the 48th best seller in 1980) and won Best British Album
Album
at the 1982 Brit Awards. The US version of the album dropped "Making History" in favour of two tracks penned by Ant prior to teaming up with Marco Pirroni, "(You're So) Physical" and "Press Darlings". The album was remastered and reissued in 2004 with several bonus tracks. A multi-disc "Super Deluxe Edition" was released 20 May 2016. It includes a DVD of the long out-of-print Ants in Japan concert video and a CD of a 1981 concert from Chicago.[7] This edition scraped a single week in the UK Album
Album
Chart in its own right at number 69 and is considered to be a separate chart hit from the original album (rather than a 67th week for the album as a whole)[8] Reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [9]

Mojo [10]

Q [11]

Record Collector [12]

The Rolling Stone Album
Album
Guide [13]

Smash Hits 8/10[14]

Spin Alternative Record Guide 9/10[15]

Uncut 8/10[16]

The Village Voice B[17]

In his retrospective review, Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stephen Thomas Erlewine
of AllMusic called it "one of the great defining albums of its time. There's simply nothing else like it, nothing else that has the same bravado, the same swagger, the same gleeful self-aggrandizement and sense of camp. This walked a brilliant line between campiness and art-house chutzpah, and it arrived at precisely the right time – at the forefront of new wave".[9] Trouser Press
Trouser Press
cites it as the album where Adam Ant
Adam Ant
"found his groove".[18] Legacy[edit] Kings of the Wild Frontier
Kings of the Wild Frontier
is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[19] It is also one of twenty CDs in the Great British Albums box set released by Sony Records in 2012.[20] Track listing[edit] All tracks written by Adam Ant
Adam Ant
and Marco Pirroni.

Side A

No. Title Length

1. "Dog Eat Dog" 3:11

2. "'Antmusic'" 3:37

3. "Feed Me to the Lions" 3:03

4. "Los Rancheros" 3:30

5. "Ants Invasion" 3:19

6. "Killer in the Home" 4:22

Side B

No. Title Length

1. "Kings of the Wild Frontier" 3:56

2. "The Magnificent Five" 3:07

3. "Don't Be Square (Be There)" 3:32

4. "Jolly Roger" 2:11

5. "Making History" 2:59

6. "The Human Beings" 4:32

2004 reissue bonus tracks

No. Title Length

13. " Antmusic
Antmusic
(Alternative Mix)" 3:43

14. " Antmusic
Antmusic
(Demo)" 3:28

15. "Feed Me to the Lions (Demo)" 3:02

16. "The Human Beings (Demo)" 2:30

17. "S.E.X. (Demo)" 3:57

18. "Omelette from Outerspace (Demo)" 3:06

US version[edit]

Side A

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Dog Eat Dog"   3:07

2. "Antmusic"   3:36

3. "Los Rancheros"   3:28

4. "Feed Me to the Lions"   2:59

5. "Press Darlings" Ant 4:12

6. "Ants Invasion"   3:20

7. "Killer in the Home"   4:19

Side B

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Kings of the Wild Frontier"   3:53

2. "The Magnificent Five"   3:05

3. "Don't Be Square (Be There)"   3:29

4. "Jolly Roger"   2:09

5. "Physical (You're So)" Ant 4:26

6. "The Human Beings"   4:24

Cassette version

Side A

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Dog Eat Dog"   3:07

2. "Jolly Roger"   2:09

3. "Los Rancheros"   3:28

4. "Feed Me to the Lions"   2:59

5. "Press Darlings" Ant 4:12

6. "Ants Invasion"   3:20

7. "Killer in the Home"   4:19

8. "Beat My Guest" Ant 3:12

Side B

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Kings of the Wild Frontier"   3:53

2. "The Magnificent Five"   3:05

3. "Don't Be Square (Be There)"   3:29

4. "Antmusic"   3:36

5. "Physical (You're So)" Ant 4:26

6. "The Human Beings"   4:24

7. "Stand and Deliver"   3:06

Super Deluxe Edition[edit] On 20 May 2016, Sony Music/Legacy Recordings issued a lavish four disc super deluxe box set of Kings Of The Wild Frontier. The box included two CDs, a DVD & a 180g gold newly remastered vinyl LP.[21] CD 1[edit]

No. Title Length

1. "Dog Eat Dog" 3.09

2. "Antmusic" 3.36

3. "Feed Me To The Lions" 3.01

4. "Los Rancheros" 3.29

5. "Ants Invasion" 3.20

6. "Killer In The Home" 4.21

7. "Kings Of The Wild Frontier" 3.55

8. "The Magnificent Five" 3.06

9. "Don’t Be Square (Be There)" 3.31

10. "Jolly Roger" 2.09

11. "Making History" 2.57

12. "The Human Beings" 4.31

13. "Press Darlings" 4.11

14. "Physical (You’re So)" 4.26

15. "Fall In" 2.08

16. "Don’t Be Square (Be There) (KPM Studio Demo)" 4.23

17. "The Human Beings (KPM Studio Demo)" 4.56

18. "Los Rancheros (KPM Studio Demo)" 3.33

19. "Making History (KPM Studio Demo)" 3.44

CD 2, Adam & The Ants Live in Chicago, 1981[edit] All tracks mastered by Adam Ant
Adam Ant
& Walter Coelho. Tracks 1-17 previously unissued on CD. Tracks 19 & 20 previously unreleased.

No. Title Length

1. "The Human Beings" 3.35

2. "Dog Eat Dog" 3.14

3. "The Magnificent Five" 3.03

4. "Don’t Be Square (Be There)" 3.20

5. "Los Rancheros" 3.33

6. "Ants Invasion" 3.12

7. "Killer In The Home" 4.15

8. "Cleopatra" 2.54

9. "Press Darlings" 3.47

10. "Kick!" 1.55

11. "Antmusic" 3.14

12. "Beat My Guest" 3.04

13. "Jolly Roger" 2.11

14. "Zerox" 3.11

15. "Cartrouble" 3.21

16. "Kings Of The Wild Frontier" 4.33

17. "Physical (You’re So)" 5.22

18. "A.N.T.S." 3.30

19. " Antmusic
Antmusic
(Rough Cut)" 3.24

20. "Don’t Be Square Be There (Rough Cut)" 3.52

DVD[edit]

The Videos

No. Title Length

1. "Kings of the Wild Frontier"  

2. "Dog Eat Dog"  

3. "Antmusic"  

4. "Physical (You’re So)" (Live in Manchester)  

5. "Dog Eat Dog" (Live)  

Adam & The Ants at the BBC

No. Title Length

6. "Dog Eat Dog" (Top Of The Pops, 16 October 1980)  

7. "Ants Invasion" (Old Grey Whistle Test, January 1981)  

8. "Killer in the Home" (Old Grey Whistle Test, January 1981)  

9. "Antmusic" (Top of the Pops, December 1980)  

10. "Dog Eat Dog" (Top of the Pops, 30 October 1980)  

Adam & The Ants Live in Tokyo
Tokyo
1981

No. Title Length

11. "The Magnificent Five"  

13. "Don’t Be Square (Be There)"  

14. "Ants Invasion"  

15. "Killer in the Home"  

16. "Never Trust a Man (With Egg On His Face)"  

17. "Kick!"  

18. "Press Darlings"  

19. "Christian D’or"  

20. "Los Rancheros"  

21. "Cartrouble"  

22. "Dog Eat Dog"  

23. "Kings of the Wild Frontier"  

24. "Physical (You’re So)"  

25. "ANT INVASION: a documentary of the first Adam & the Ants US tour 1981"  

Gold Vinyl LP[edit]

Side A

No. Title Length

1. "Dog Eat Dog" 3.09

2. "Antmusic" 3.36

3. "Feed Me To The Lions" 3.01

4. "Los Rancheros" 3.29

5. "Ants Invasion" 3.20

6. "Killer In The Home" 4.21

Side B

No. Title Length

1. "Kings Of The Wild Frontier" 3.55

2. "The Magnificent Five" 3.06

3. "Don’t Be Square (Be There)" 3.31

4. "Jolly Roger" 2.09

5. "Making History" 2.57

6. "The Human Beings" 4.31

Personnel[edit]

Adam and the Ants

Adam Ant
Adam Ant
– vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, harmonica Marco Pirroni – electric guitar Kevin Mooney – bass Merrick (Chris Hughes) – drums, production Terry Lee Miall – drums Peter Ashworth – sleeve photography

Chart positions[edit]

Album
Album
(original releases 1980-1981)

Chart (1981) Peak position

UK Albums Chart 1[4][8]

Billboard 200 44[citation needed]

Album
Album
(Deluxe reissue 2016)

Chart (2016) Peak position

UK Albums Chart 69[8]

Singles

Year Single Chart Peak position

1980 "Kings of the Wild Frontier" UK Singles Chart 48[5]

"Dog Eat Dog" 4[5]

"Antmusic" 2[5]

1981 "Kings of the Wild Frontier" (re-release) 2[5]

"Dog Eat Dog" Billboard Club Play Singles 19[citation needed]

"Antmusic" Billboard Mainstream Rock 14[citation needed]

"Dog Eat Dog" Billboard Mainstream Rock 15[citation needed]

"Physical (You're So)" Billboard Mainstream Rock 19[citation needed]

Preceded by Super Trouper by ABBA Face Value by Phil Collins UK Albums Chart
UK Albums Chart
number-one album 24 January 1981 – 6 February 1981 14 March 1981 – 22 May 1981 Succeeded by Double Fantasy
Double Fantasy
by John Lennon
John Lennon
& Yoko Ono Stars on 45 by Starsound

References[edit]

^ Ant, Adam. " Adam and the Ants
Adam and the Ants
Catalog". Adam Ant. Retrieved 21 September 2017.  ^ Jackson, Josh (8 September 2016). "The 50 Best New Wave Albums". Paste. Retrieved 2 July 2017.  ^ Palmer, Robert (25 November 1981). "The Pop Life; Latest British Invasion: 'The New Tribalism'". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 December 2014.  ^ a b "The Official UK Charts Company: All the Number 1 Albums". Official Charts. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2014.  ^ a b c d e "Adam & the Ants Artist Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 24 December 2014.  ^ "Australian-charts.com – Adam and the Ants
Adam and the Ants
– Antmusic". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 24 December 2014.  ^ Gilbert, Pat (2016-04-01). "Creation Record". MOJO.  ^ a b c http://www.officialcharts.com/search/albums/kings%20of%20the%20wild%20frontier ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. " Kings of the Wild Frontier
Kings of the Wild Frontier
– Adam and the Ants". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 December 2014.  ^ Gilbert, Pat (May 2016). "Creation record". Mojo (270): 100.  ^ "Adam and the Ants: Kings of the Wild Frontier". Q (100): 265. January 1995.  ^ Rathbone, Oregano (July 2016). "Adam & The Ants – Kings Of The Wild Frontier". Record Collector
Record Collector
(455). Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (1992). "Adam and the Ants". The Rolling Stone Album
Album
Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. p. 6. ISBN 0-679-73729-4. Retrieved 24 December 2014.  ^ Ellen, Mark (13–26 November 1980). " Album
Album
Reviews". Smash Hits. 2 (23): 29.  ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.  ^ Lewis, John (July 2016). "Adam and the Ants: Kings of the Wild Frontier". Uncut (230): 89.  ^ Christgau, Robert (2 March 1981). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 24 December 2014.  ^ Young, Jon; Lewis, Kate; Rompers, Terry. "Adam Ant". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved 28 August 2016.  ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.  ^ Paul Sinclair (6 September 2012). "Great British Albums / 20 Disc Box". Super Deluxe Edition.  ^ Paul Sinclair (25 April 2016). " Adam and the Ants
Adam and the Ants
/ Kings of the Wild Frontier Super Deluxe Edition". Super Deluxe Edition. 

External links[edit]

Kings of the Wild Frontier
Kings of the Wild Frontier
at Discogs
Discogs
(list of releases) Kings of the Wild Frontier
Kings of the Wild Frontier
(Adobe Flash) at Radio3Net (streamed copy where licensed)

v t e

Adam Ant

Adam and the Ants
Adam and the Ants
albums

Dirk Wears White Sox
Dirk Wears White Sox
(1979) Kings of the Wild Frontier
Kings of the Wild Frontier
(1980) Prince Charming (1981)

Solo albums

Friend or Foe (1982) Strip (1983) Vive Le Rock (1985) Manners & Physique (1990) Persuasion (1991, unreleased) Wonderful (1995) Adam Ant
Adam Ant
Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter (2013)

Compilations

Antics in the Forbidden Zone (1990) Antmusic: The Very Best of Adam Ant
Adam Ant
(1994) B-Side Babies
B-Side Babies
(1994) Antbox (2000) Redux (2005)

Adam and the Ants
Adam and the Ants
singles

"Young Parisians" (1978) "Zerox" (1979) "Cartrouble" (1980) "Kings of the Wild Frontier" (1980) "Dog Eat Dog" (1980) "Antmusic" (1980) "Stand and Deliver" (1981) "Prince Charming" (1981) "Ant Rap" (1981) "Deutscher Girls" (1982) "The B-Sides (EP)" (1982)

Solo singles

"Goody Two Shoes" (1982) "Friend or Foe" (1982) "Desperate But Not Serious" (1982) "Room at the Top" (1990)

Related

Discography Bazooka Joe Bow Wow Wow

Book

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UK best-selling albums (by year) (1970–1989)

1970: Bridge over Troubled Water
Bridge over Troubled Water
(Simon & Garfunkel) 1971: Bridge over Troubled Water
Bridge over Troubled Water
(Simon & Garfunkel) 1972: 20 Dynamic Hits (various artists) 1973: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
(Elton John) 1974: The Singles: 1969–1973 (The Carpenters) 1975: The Best of The Stylistics
The Best of The Stylistics
(The Stylistics) 1976: Greatest Hits (ABBA) 1977: Arrival (ABBA) 1978: Saturday Night Fever (original soundtrack) 1979: Parallel Lines
Parallel Lines
(Blondie) 1980: Super Trouper (ABBA) 1981: Kings of the Wild Frontier
Kings of the Wild Frontier
(Adam and the Ants) 1982: Love Songs (Barbra Streisand) 1983: Thriller (Michael Jackson) 1984: Can't Slow Down (Lionel Richie) 1985: Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits) 1986: True Blue (Madonna) 1987: Bad (Michael Jackson) 1988: Kylie (Kylie Minogue) 1989: Ten Good Reaso

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