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Kings of the Wild Frontier (1980)

Adam & The Ants
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New Wave, Post-punk

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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 Beat 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" and "Press Darlings".
"Killer in the Home" is based on the same twangy, descending glissando riff

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3:10 Dog Eat Dog
3:37 Antmusic
3:02 Feed Me to the Lions
3:30 Los Rancheros
3:20 Ants Invasion
4:21 Killer in the Home
3:55 Kings of the Wild Frontier
3:07 The Magnificent Five
3:32 Don't Be Square (Be There)
2:59 Making History
4:29 The Human Beings
2:13 Jolly Roger
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