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post Jan 25 2015, 11:06 AM
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Having a go at seeing how a battle of 2 great bands (still on "A" artists) goes - same format as with the Abba Quickie Rate, you can only pick your five faves, and it's from the entire combines back catalogue of both acts - you only get ONE top 5 and can include any tracks from either (Including solo Adam Ant) but to avoid confusion list the act with the song in case I don't know it!

So no top 5's for both acts, just the one, if you love ABC and Adam Ant is just meh! then vote for them - and vice versa, cos a number one is worth 10 points, and a 5 is worth 1 point. As always it's the Biiiiiiiig Love that counts! The result rate rundown length will depend on number of tracks voted for, and the winner will be the act declared with the most total points. Post or PM away!




A quick reminder of their finest/famous moments:

1980: Dog Eat Dog/Kings Of The Wild Frontier/ Antmusic - Adam & The Ants
1981: Stand & Deliver/ Prince Charming/Antrap - Adam & The Ants
Tears Are Not Enough - ABC
1982: Goody two Shoes - Adam Ant
Poison Arrow/ The Look Of Love/ All Of My Heart - ABC
1983: Puss N Boots - Adam Ant
1984: Apollo 9 - Adam Ant
1987: When Smokey Sings - ABC

There are plenty of minor gems though...


My Top 5:

1. The Look Of Love - ABC
2. Poison Arrow - ABC
3. All Of My Heart - ABC
4. Antrap - Adam & The Ants
5. When Smokey Sings - ABC


So, biased in favour of one act, me!
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post Jan 25 2015, 05:53 PM
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Ant rap? Really? That was awful!

Think mine will be skewed in favour of Mr Goddard. Will do this in a minute!
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post Jan 25 2015, 06:39 PM
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an interesting idea, though mine will be more in favour of Mr Goddard...

1. ABC - The Look Of Love
2. Adam & The Ants - Antmusic
3. Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes
4. Adam Ant - Apollo 9
5. ABC - Date Stamp

Harder than I thought it'd be. No room for Stand & Deliver, Friend Or Foe etc...
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post Jan 25 2015, 07:36 PM
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1. Kings of the Wild Frontier - Adam and the Ants
2. Stand and Deliver - Adam and the Ants
3. Killer In The Home - Adam and the Ants
4. That Was Then But This Is Now - ABC
5. Deutscher Girls - Adam and the Ants

Close but...
Dog Eat Dog - Adam and the Ants
Car Trouble - Adam and the Ants
Be Near Me - ABC
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post Jan 25 2015, 08:33 PM
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QUOTE(ϑЃεβϘ @ Jan 25 2015, 05:53 PM) *
Ant rap? Really? That was awful!

Think mine will be skewed in favour of Mr Goddard. Will do this in a minute!


Thanks, I had a feeling Adam might be favoured - and yes everyone hated Antrap at the time, I gleefully loved the complete lack of a tune, the heavy percussion, the riffy guitars, the rapping, and Lulu in the video dressed as a mediaeval princess. Fab! Ahead of his time, he was, anticipating future musical developments there cool.gif
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post Jan 25 2015, 09:23 PM
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Well......okay......here's mine.....


1 Antmusic-Adam & the Ants
2 Prince Charming Adam & the Ants
3 The Look of Love ABC
4 Stand and Deliver Adam & the Ants
5 Poison Arrow ABC


Just missing out, for me, at least...

Dog Eat Dog
Kings of the Wild Frontier
When Smokey Sings
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post Jan 25 2015, 09:30 PM
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QUOTE(popchartfreak @ Jan 25 2015, 08:33 PM) *
Thanks, I had a feeling Adam might be favoured - and yes everyone hated Antrap at the time, I gleefully loved the complete lack of a tune, the heavy percussion, the riffy guitars, the rapping, and Lulu in the video dressed as a mediaeval princess. Fab! Ahead of his time, he was, anticipating future musical developments there cool.gif

Apart from the two #1's the rest of Prince Charming (the album) is largely forgettable apart from these 2:



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post Jan 25 2015, 11:04 PM
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QUOTE(ϑЃεβϘ @ Jan 25 2015, 09:30 PM) *
Apart from the two #1's the rest of Prince Charming (the album) is largely forgettable apart from these 2:

I never bought the Prince Charming album but that Scorpio track is terrific thanks for the tip! I have got Kings Of the Wild Frontier, was always partial to Jolly Roger outside the singles.
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post Jan 27 2015, 12:14 PM
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1 Look Of Love
2 Ant Music
3 All Of My Heart
4 Room At The Top (Adam Ant)
5 When Smokey Sings
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post Jan 30 2015, 07:54 PM
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1 Stand And Deliver
2 Prince Charming
3 Kings Of The Wild Frontier
4 All Of My Heart
5 Antmusic

Goddard wins biggrin.gif
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post Jan 30 2015, 09:05 PM
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I'm not really that familiar with ABC unfortunately so it's a largely ANTS dominated top 5 for me...

01 Stand and Deliver (surprise surprise!)
02 Antmusic
03 Kings of the Wild Frontier
04 Prince Charming
05 All of my Heart
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post Feb 4 2015, 04:57 PM
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So much love for Adam! I'll give it another week or so before running down, in case there are some ABC fans looking to give Mr Ant more of a fight, otherwise, the interest will be on the individual tracks positions as opposed to any edge-of-the-seat who's going to come out on top! laugh.gif
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post Feb 4 2015, 05:34 PM
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The Ants were my first ever favourite band so obviously all Adam And The Ants tracks

01 - Kings Of The Wild Frontier
02 - Stand And Deliver
03 - You're So Physical
04 - Ants Invasion
05 - Cleopatra


close but...

Dog Eat Dog
Feed Me To The Lions
Zerox
Whip In My Valise

Out of curiosity, how many were aware of this little bit of 'stealing'




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post Feb 4 2015, 08:44 PM
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Not a clue - but I have a soft spot for When Smokie Sings.

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post Feb 4 2015, 09:16 PM
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QUOTE(Severin @ Feb 4 2015, 05:34 PM) *
Out of curiosity, how many were aware of this little bit of 'stealing'


crikey it's a wonder Adam wasn't sued! Presumably Rolf was busy elsewhere at the time....
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post Feb 4 2015, 11:58 PM
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QUOTE(popchartfreak @ Feb 4 2015, 09:16 PM) *
crikey it's a wonder Adam wasn't sued! Presumably Rolf was busy elsewhere at the time....

He was sued, and he paid up.
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post Feb 11 2015, 03:55 PM
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Just a few loyal voters, so a mere 19 nominated tracks, and omitting the one-pointers gives a convenient top 15. I wonít pretend thereís any suspense - Adam won this by a landslide, though when I mentioned it to my fanzine fans on Saturday ABC were the clear faves there, but I think Adam is the better loved overall in the real world, so itís only fair!

Without further ado..



15th: That Was Then But This Is Now - ABC (2 points, 1 voter)









1983 single, and a less-polished non-Trevor-Horn-produced follow up to the classic album The Lexicon Of Love (off Beauty Stab), this track was pretty insistent, and it was very much the direction ABC were taking after their lauded 1981/1982 days: lower chart positions (UK 18), personnel changes, and lower sales. I liked this but preferred the follow-up smoother (if less-exciting) ballad SOS. Oddly enough the next couple of years saw them grabbing a big US hit single with a minor UK chart single (Be Near Me US 9).
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post Feb 11 2015, 04:09 PM
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14th: Room At The Top - Adam Ant (2 points, 1 voter, UK peak 13, 7 weeks)








One of Adamís many comeback singles, this one from 1990 and sounding very 1990 to boot, no more tribal rhythms, itís more rock-dancepop of the time, which is perhaps why I didnít get on with it as much as his earlier stuff - it just didnít sound quite right to me, though thereís nothing wrong with it as such, and itís always a joy to have Adam back. At the time he was guesting on various American TV shows as a popstar-actor, one I most fondly remember is as a British rogue in the under-rated cop-show sitcom pastiche Sledge Hammer! and a few years later voice-only in the brilliant, still-classy Batman: The Animated Series.
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post Feb 11 2015, 04:23 PM
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13th: Apollo 9 - Adam Ant (2 points, 1 voter, UK 13, 8 weeks)









This was a return to form for Adam after a couple of years of declining popularity and less-good records following the folding of The Ants, this could have followed quite happily in the footsteps of Goody Two Shoes without sounding out of place - maybe it was the return of a proper band (and Marco) that helped. It was his chart gasp really, though as the follow-up stiffed relatively (Viva Le Rock) despite a massive plug at the mega-Live Aid. Geldof saw Adam as not a major draw (which he wasnít by then) so only gave him one song and he unforgivably plugged his flop single instead of doing this much better track, or the one he should have done to remind everyone how good he was - Antmusic. Though Stand And Deliver might have taken on a whole new meaning in the circumstances, too and boosted his career again. Not to be, sadly.
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post Feb 11 2015, 04:42 PM
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12th: Antrap - Adam & The Ants (2 points, 1 voter, UK 3)










OK, I was that voter! There comes a time in every big pop starís career when the knives come out - and this was that time for Adam. It was a departure for pop at the time, incorporating that novelty-passing-fad called rap music (honestly, thatís what everyone said at the time) and did away with melody almost entirely. What was left though, was delicious percussive rhythms, Adam showing he could actually rap, thank you very much, and the occasional guitar-bursts punctuating the tempo were fab. It also had Adam in a suit of armor and Lulu as his Princess. I still canít see why it was so hated over the winter of 81/82. Hey ho, at least I see it as pioneering if no-one else does. Not to mention exciting!
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