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Kings of the Wild Frontier is a New Wave album by Adam and the Ants, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). This album introduced the new Burundi drum sound. After having his previous backing band wooed away by producer Malcolm McLaren, who used them to form Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant recorded Kings of the Wild Frontier with guitarist Marco Pirroni as his new writing partner. In spite of the difficulties with the recording, Kings of the Wild Frontier has become acknowledged as an inspiritational and unique-sounding album, introducing two drummers, with Duane Eddy-esque guitar riffs.

The album spawned three hit singles: "Kings of the Wild Frontier" (7/80, reached # 2 in 2/81), "Dog Eat Dog" (reached # 4 in 10/80) and "Antmusic" (12/80 reached #2 in 1/81). In addition, Antmusic reached No. 1 in Australia for five weeks. The album was remastered and reissued in 2004 with several bonus tracks.

The US version (LP and subsequent CD issue) dropped "Making History" in favor of two tracks penned by Ant prior to teaming up with Marco Pirroni: The "brilliant grind-rocker" "(You're So) Physical"

"Killer in the Home" is based on the same twangy, descending glissando riff that is featured in Link Wray's "Rumble" (Ants' guitarist Marco Pirroni has cited Link Wray as a major influence).

The album won Best British Album at the 1982 Brit Awards.

"Dog Eat Dog" was featured in the film Doomsday. It is used in the closing credits of the British television series The Kevin Bishop Show.

The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Contents

Samples and covers of album songs

Kevin Max's song "Jumpstart Your Electric Heart!" from The Imposter samples the music from "Jolly Roger".

"Feed Me to the Lions" guitar solo at 1:30, was sampled from the soundtrack of Lawrence of Arabia (1962), composed by Maurice Jarre. The same guitar solo was resampled in Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota song "La Bestia Pop".

Nine Inch Nails's 1992 EP Broken includes a cover version of "Physical (You're So)", which Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni performed live with Nine Inch Nails in 1995.

US track listing (LP/CD)

  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" - 4:12
  6. "Ants Invasion" – 3:20
  7. "Killer in the Home" – 4:19
  8. "Kings of the Wild Frontier" – 3:53
  9. "The Magnificent Five" – 3:05
  10. "Don't Be Square (Be There)" – 3:29
  11. "Jolly Roger" – 2:09
  12. "Physical (You're So)" - 4:26
  13. "The Human Beings" – 4:24

UK track listing

All songs written by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni.

  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
  7. "Kings of the Wild Frontier" – 3:56
  8. "The Magnificent Five" – 3:07
  9. "Don't Be Square (Be There)" – 3:32
  10. "Jolly Roger" – 2:11
  11. "Making History" – 2:59
  12. "The Human Beings" – 4:32

Kings of the Wild Frontier was remastered and reissued in 2004 with six bonus tracks:

  1. "Antmusic (Alternative Mix)" – 3:43 <LI>"Antmusic (Demo)" – 3:28 <LI>"Feed Me to the Lions (Demo)" – 3:02 <LI>"The Human Beings (Demo)" – 2:30 <LI>"S.E.X. (Demo)" – 3:57 <LI>"Omelette From Outerspace (Demo)" – 3:06 </OL>

    Personnel

    Note - "Merrick" is the name Chris Hughes adopted as an Ant.

    Chart positions

    UK album chart

    • 1980 No 1 (total chart run 66 weeks)

    UK Singles chart

    • 1980 Kings of the Wild Frontier No 48
    • 1980 Dog Eat Dog No 4
    • 1980 "Antmusic" No 2
    • 1981 Kings of the Wild Frontier No 2

    Billboard Music Charts (North America) - album

    Billboard (North America) - singles

    • 1981 Dog Eat Dog Club Play Singles No. 19
    • 1981 Antmusic Mainstream Rock No. 14
    • 1981 Dog Eat Dog Mainstream Rock No. 15
    • 1981 Physical (You're So) Mainstream Rock No. 19





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