Adam and the Ants: Antmusic EP


Format: 12″

Label: Do It Records (DUNIT 20)

Country: UK

Year: 1982

Price paid: $12

Purchased at: The Record Archive, Rochester NY


See a nation needing civilization just like a hole in the head.

The Antmusic EP is a collection of tracks taken from a recording session done at Sound Development (studios) in August of 1979 for their debut album ‘Dirk Wears White Sox.’ Several other A&TA albums were produced since, so by the time this was released some three years later it was all pretty much old news. The band split around the time of this EP’s release with Adam going solo and, with interest at a new high with singles such as ‘Goody Two Shoes‘ his old indie label Do-It might have thought it a good time to cash in on some of those old demos they had lying around.


Track listing:

  • Kick
  • Physical
  • Cartrouble (part 1)
  • Cartrouble (part 2)
  • Friends

The term ‘Antmusic’ as used here was a play on the song of the same name from the 1982 LP ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier.’ ‘Kick’ did not appear on the original release of ‘Dirk Wears White Sox’, but was included on the 1983 Epic/CBS reissue. Both ‘Physical’ and ‘Friends’ are non-LP tracks, although they do make an appearance on the remastered 2004 CD of ‘DWWS.’

I’m rather fond of this simple, stark sleeve. As stated, the music on the disc is older material; the sleeve art is rather anachronistic as well, harkening back to Adam’s earliest ventures.


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