Channeling my inner ‘Jubilee’ for Adam Ant
By: Kat Munro
I was an 11-year-old in Scotland when I first heard Adam Ant. In fact, the first record I ever bought was his Kings of the Wild Frontier. Adam Ant’s unique and fierce post-punk sound, coupled with his unbounded energy had me instantly sold. Since around 1982, Adam Ant’s 22 hit-singles, a Grammy nomination, MTV’s “Sexiest Man Alive” title, and Brit Award are among his many achievements. As a life-long sufferer of bipolar disorder, I connected with Adam Ant, aka Stuart Goddard, and learned that he is also involved in SANE’s Black Dog campaign to promote awareness and understanding of mental illnesses.
Fast forward 38 years and 3,000 miles…The stars aligned, and I finally had the opportunity to see the man live! The Carolina Theater was buzzing with excitement on Sept. 25. Most of the attendees aged in their late 40s and early 50s, but I did spy significantly younger fans, as well as a few older folks! A good deal of the crowd made the effort of dressing up, with a white stripe painted across their noses, Adam Ant T-shirts everywhere and a sea of black leather and fishnets! When he took the stage, the crowd rose to their feet as he greeted us with a “Hello, Greensboro,” and a “Yeehaw!” for good measure. He played the Friend or Foe album in near entirety while parading around the stage as I imagined him to, cocky yet endearing. Next up was some Adam and the Ants’ earlier music such as, “Dog Eat Dog,” “Xerox Machine,” and “Car Trouble.” His energy seemed to wain a little, as he got into the greatest hits portion of the show, which included “Antmusic,” “Prince Charming” and of course, “Kings of the Wild Frontier.”
The audience didn’t seem to mind as he directed the microphone towards us and took a breather as we sang to him. The last few songs, encore included, comprised of lesser-known songs, including a couple of B sides from the early ’80s, which made me smile. With his striking appearance, distinct English accent, charming yet somewhat campy interjections and ice-blue eyes, Adam Ant is still the same guy that took my musical tastes in a new and exciting direction all those years ago. His influence was integral in shaping my mindset of today.
“Respect yourself and all of those around you” is still true today.