With its pop/rock structure, but a bluesy, swampy feeling and hints of a southern drawl, you’ve never heard pop icon and Grammy-nommer Adam Ant sound like this…[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77yDzIvk1PI]
“Cool Zombie” is the debut track from his first album in 17 years called “Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter” (Album releases January 22, 2013 with North American tour dates announcing soon).
Even more interesting is the “Cool Zombie” backstory. Adam (www.Adam-Ant.com) lived in Los Angeles for a while to pursue film roles, but most people don’t know that he later lived in the tiny town of Dayton, Tennessee – almost by accident. Adam and his girlfriend were on their way to Las Vegas to get married. But they made a detour, bought a house, started a family and opened a new chapter in life.
POP ICON ADAM ANT RELEASES “COOL ZOMBIE”, THE DEBUT SINGLE FROM HIS FIRST ALBUM IN 17 YEARS…
(LONDON) November 8, 2012 – After almost six weeks of sold-out shows in the USA, legendary pop icon Adam Ant is debuting “Cool Zombie” today, the first track from the forthcoming release “Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter”, his first album in 17 years (Releasing January 22, 2013). And, with its swampy, bluesy flavor that feels like a southern drawl, the song is unlike anything that fans have ever heard.
“Cool Zombie” is available through iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cool-zombie-single/id572331718), Amazon, Spotify and Rdio.
Many people know that the GRAMMY-nominated artist, one of the most recognized faces of the 80s often known for his global hits including “Goody Two Shoes”, “Stand and Deliver”, “Strip” and “Wonderful”, lived in Los Angeles for several years while pursuing film roles. But most people never knew that later in life he quietly bought a house and lived in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee. “Cool Zombie” speaks to this aspect of his life.
“I lived in Tennessee for a couple of years,” Adam explained. “My daughter, Lilly Caitlin, was born there. I decided that I was going to be like a house husband, so I was with her and changing nappies. That’s the hardest work I’ve ever done, the child-rearing thing. But as Lily got older, I started to think about music. I missed it – the creative process and the live side of it.”
“Cool Zombie” is one of 17 songs on the new album that creates a musical autobiography about things that have happened in Adam’s life and things that interest him.
Adam has always been a musical chameleon who is no stranger to musical experimentation. From his early punk hits including “Plastic Surgery” and his post-punk heyday of “Goody Two Shoes” to his pop hit “Room At The Top” and the adult-contemporary anthem “Wonderful”, Adam is exploring yet another new musical path. As he did on his landmark “Kings of the Wild Frontier” album, Adam again looks to America – this time with the musical lens aimed toward the American south.
The song is also arranged in a pattern that is beyond the traditional path of verse/chorus, verse/chorus. The horn section of his post-punk period is long gone, but Adam maintains his signature style with two drummers and layers of classic vocal patterns/yelps that feel reminiscent of a tribal chant.
Adam and his band, “The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse”, are currently doing a UK and European tour, but watch for North American dates to be announced soon.
For more information, visit www.Adam-Ant.com.
About Adam Ant
In October, 1980, millions of UK viewers saw the blazing performance on Top of the Pops by Adam and the Ants. After three minutes of ‘Dog Eat Dog’, the phenomenon immediately began and they would dominate the charts for several years. But this was no overnight success. It had been the culmination of years of toil starting at Hornsey College of Art where Adam had teamed up with some friends to form the band Bazooka Joe. With Adam on bass, they played around London and, in 1975, Adam’s life changed when he saw The Sex Pistols play their first-ever gig supporting Bazooka Joe at St. Martins College of Art. He formed The Ants and built a huge cult following despite being unpopular with the established press and in 1979 they released their debut album, ‘Dirk Wears White Søx’ that topped the independent chart. In 1980, the Ants left Adam to work with former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren.
Adam put his ideas for a new ‘warrior’ sound into practice and soon had a fresh band including two drummers. They signed a major-label deal and recorded the album ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ that became a huge hit, spent 12 weeks at number one and won a ‘Best New Artist’ Brit Award. Antmania swept the nation. ‘Stand and Deliver’ hit the number-one spot for five weeks and earned Adam an Ivor Novello award. ‘Prince Charming’ also hit number one and another 12 singles went Top 30. At one point, Adam had eight singles in the top 40 in one week! ‘Goody Two Shoes’ crowned both the UK and Australian charts. In the USA, Adam earned a ‘Best New Artist’ GRAMMY nomination in 1982.
His first solo album, ‘Friend or Foe’, continued Adam’s success in the USA, delivering three top-twenty hits on the Billboard Top 100 and in 1983 he appeared on NBC Television Network’s ‘Motown 25 Special’ alongside Michael Jackson who performed his moonwalk dance for the first time. Adam’s second solo album, ‘Strip’, produced the top-five UK hit ‘Puss in Boots’, but the BBC banned the video and the song for the follow-up single ‘Strip’. While recording his third solo album ’Vive Le Rock’ with producer Tony Visconti, Adam started an acting career by appearing in a theatre production. In 1985 Adam performed ‘Vive Le Rock’ at Live Aid and the next few years were devoted to acting in films including Nomads, Love Bites and Slam Dance and TV shows such as The Equalizer, Tales from the Crypt and Sledge Hammer!
During the 1990s Adam, again, split his time between chasing film/TV roles while recording ‘Manners and Physique’ that included the hit ‘Room at the Top’. The follow-up album, ‘Persuasion’, remains in limbo without an official release to this day, but in 1994 Adam recorded ‘Wonderful’ in London’s Abbey Road studios to be issued the following year with its self-titled single and the follow-up ‘Gotta Be A Sin’ which were accompanied with successful tours of the UK and the United States. It would be twelve years before Adam would play live again, acoustically, in 2006, where he read extracts from his autobiography ‘Stand & Deliver’. The book laid bare Adam’s childhood and his well-documented mental-health battles. In 2008, Adam received the ‘Q Music Icon Award’ alongside fellow recipients Paul McCartney and Bryan Ferry.
This rekindled recognition resulted in a series of gigs in 2010 and Adam selected a new band. Adam Ant and The Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse played to thousands last year and, after his successful tour of Australia and largely sold-out USA tour, Adam’s UK tour begins on November 1, 2012 in advance of the release of his new album, “Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter” in January, 2013. The new album is a type of musical autobiography that features 17 musical stories about Adam’s life and things that interest him. “Cool Zombie”, the first single, released in November, 2012.