Saturday, November 9, 2013
Adam Ant - Strip
The cover, of Adam posing coyly on a bed of straw, was modeled after a photo of Jane Russell from the 1943 film The Outlaw.
Side one starts with the title track “Strip”, a song about the seductive art of clothing removal. It was released as the second single, and it climbed to number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 41 in the UK. The track features two guest performances - Phil Collins on drums and Anni-Frid Lyngstad on the female spoken part. I have always liked the juxtaposition of rock and orchestration on this one.
“Baby, Let Me Scream at You” features a funky bass groove from Adam.
“Libertine” has a slinky, sway to it rhythmically.
“Spanish Games” revisits a musical sound that he and guitarist Marco Pirroni often touched upon during their days with the Ants.
“Vanity” tells the tale of two people coming together with a slow, seductive groove.
Side two begins with the bouncy “Puss ‘n Boots”. As the first single, this tale of a girl come to the big city peaked at number 84 in Australia, number 22 in the Netherlands and number 5 in the UK. Collins makes another appearance on the thundering drums here.
“Playboy” tells of a guy trying to pick up a woman in a club, using a variety of lines to turn her head.
“Montreal” has an interesting sound thanks to a country rhythm and an old-time vocal filter on the verses.
The physically seductive “Navel to Neck” is next.
The final track is “Amazon”, a song about a very dominant woman.
I have been an Adam Ant fan since the early 80‘s even though I never owned any of the albums on vinyl back in the day. Strip has been on my to-download list from emusic.com for awhile now; I was just waiting to listen to it in its entirety for this review before picking it up. I liked the variety of styles here, even if it was a change from some of what came from him before. It still features that common denominator of tempting and teasing lyrics.
For his 1980 album Kings of the Wild Frontier with the Ants, click here.
For 1982’s solo album Friend or Foe, click here.