Sketch Called Marco
Marco News -
Marco Pirroni and ex-Ant bassist Chris Constantinou are both set
to appear as animated characters in a new pop video for
Mantra II's next single,
Werewolves Of London. The film will be an extension
of the song, probably stretching to seven minutes. Hints on the plotline include
them slinking through "The streets of Soho in the rain", a Werewolf table
dancer, and a motorbike chase!
Are You Ready Chris?
The single, which also features guest appearances from
Marco and Chris on the track is a different version than the one on the
Mantra II CD "This
Is Called Fantasy" and is expected to be released in August or September
this year. The EP will be released as a DVD single as it includes
the video, the anthem-like (Chant) Mantra II, and much more.
Ant fans may be interested to know that the band have
also recorded vocals over the top of Adam Ant's Man Called Marco for the
album and extra keen ears will also spot another Ant sample on another of the
tracks. For more info on band, Catboy and the other members, click
on the banner below.
Jun 21st 2005
4 NEW ANT
New Navel To Neck remix
Ant News -
The Ant remixes have been piling up over the past few weeks and it's about time
we helped spread the word about them. First off the starting blocks is a
remix of What's Going On by German Ant fan
Formicula. This is
his first remix and definitely improves on the track which was featured on the
Next we have two remixes from another
debutante. Dutchman DefiAnt bring us remixes of the And So You
Shall demo and the Persuasion
track, Survival Of The Fetish. Both are excellent interpretations
of the originals.
And finally a Carty remix of Navel To Neck is added to
Carty Mixes Volume 7.
This is a complete remake of the remix that appeared back on
Volume 1, but has
been improved with one or two surprises thrown in.
If you'd like to receive mp3's of any of these remixes, please
May 30th 2005
Fetish For Calculators?
SAMPLED BY ADAM/MARCO
Ant News -
It has been revealed that a track off Adam's unreleased
Persuasion album samples a remix of an
old Kraftwerk tune. In an email sent to this site, Ant fan David
Tompkins , who is also a Kraftwerk fan, claimed that "on
Survival Of The Fetish he uses a sample of Kraftwerk's remixed version of
Even though the track was originally released as a single in 1981, it was
remixed in 1991 for their remix album, The Mix (pictured above).
What makes this more interesting is
that Survival Of The Fetish is one of the few Persuasion tracks produced by Adam
and Marco...and Marco is a confessed Kraftwerk fan.
This has now been added to this
site's Ant Samples page.
Marco's guitars featured in the Nov 2004 issue
- Six months after appearing in the November 2004 edition Guitar & Bass
magazine, we can now bring you the scans of the article so that you can read
their Marco Pirroni interview. Marco was featured as their private
collector of the month and talks about the many guitars in his collection.
To read the article just click on
the scans below.
(Many thanks, once again, to Steve Horwood for the scans)
May 28th 2005
Who's a Highwayman then?
Ant News - Iggy Pop's 1977 album, "The Idiot"
has yet another track with similarities to a later Ant track. The
rhythm guitar on "China Girl" bears an uncanny resemblance to the rhythm
guitar on "Stand And Deliver". The offending guitars are more
easily heard on the album version of the Ants track. "China Girl" was
written by Iggy and David Bowie, who also produced it. It was mixed
by Tony Visconti, who also produced the Vive Le Rock album.
Bowie went on to have a hit with the same track in 1983.
This has now been added to this
site's Ant Influences page.
May 26th 2005
Who's a Playboy then?
INFLUENCE 'SPOTTED' (& denied)
- A track on Iggy Pop's 1977 album, "The Idiot" has a guitar solo
very similar to a solo on Adam Ant's "Strip" album. "Dum
Dum Boys" seemed vaguely familiar when it was played in the Carty household
today. A comparison was made to "Playboy" and the connection made.
Adam has made no secret that this album influenced him, and now it seems it
influenced Marco too.
This has now been added to this
site's Ant Influences page.
UPDATE...Marco has said since
this was posted that "the
solo in Playboy is NOT Dum Dum Boys,it's the same chord shape, but I wasn't
thinking of that track although "The Idiot" is the album I played the most in
1977 while waiting for the rest of the world to catch up with me."
May 24th 2005
ANNOUNCED ON ADAM-ANT.NET
- The official Ants site
adam-ant.net have announced a new contest featuring some cool prizes.
There are six prize groups in all including the complete Adam Ant
Remastered CD collection, an Ants Invasion (tribute band) Live in
Seattle 2004 DVD, a Vive Le Rock styled Ant t-shirt (which is
actually an Apollo 9 one!), a Mantra II CD, a £50 Antics Worldwide
gift certificate and much more.
The competition closes on June
17th 2005 and all you have to do is answer three simple questions on the
site. To enter, just click
May 19th 2005
Mark Alleyne pictured today
- Mark Alleyne, the man responsible for designing the slick packaging for the
Ant Remastered CD's, has received the Carty interview treatment.
Following on from the Marco Pirroni and
Andi Vaughan interviews from last year, this completes
the trilogy. Not only does Mark go into great detail about his past,
present and future projects, he also supplied many of the images used.
To find out what Mark had to say
about the Ant DVD, the Ants Demos box, and the Remasters, click
here. (Apologies for those with slow
connections as many of the images are larger than usual due to the nature of the
May 19th 2005
- Freek Kinkelaar, who recently wrote the Adam And The Ants
feature in the June 2005 edition of Record Collector has agreed to be
interviewed by Carty in person, for this site. For more on the
article, please see below.
May 14th 2005
Collectable Ants featured in June 2005's Record Collector
- It's been a long 20 year wait for regular readers of UK magazine Record
Collector, but the most collectable releases by Adam And The Ants
have appeared in the June 2005 issue, complete with discography and valuations
of the most sought after gems.
The five page spread features
text by regular contributor and Dutchman, Freek Kinkelaar, who is himself
a serious Ants collector. The article covers the period from Adam's time
in Art college, up until the Goody Two Shoes release in 1982 (when he turned
To view the pages, just click on
the five images below.
(Many thanks to Steve Horwood for the scans)
May 14th 2005
NEW NIALL X ANT
Ant News -
Just as thing were starting to run cold from the Niall X camp, a new
remix has been completed. The mix maestro has recently uploaded his take on
Adam's "Why Do Girls Love Horses?" which was originally featured
as the b-side to the Friend Or Foe single.
To download the remix, please visit
www.antfan.com and head for "file sharing".
May 7th 2005
Ant News - Marco Pirroni
has revealed in an online interview with 1980's retro site,
RememberTheEighties.com that there may be plans to release more "new" Ant
recordings once the demos box set and the
DVD are out of the way. He said that he and
Chris Hughes had been talking about doing an album of 'ant revisited'
tracks, which would comprise of new mixes and updates on old tracks. He added
that it would not "supercede the old stuff but more of a 'directors cut' type
Marco has since confirmed on his forum that he had
recently discussed it with Chris Hughes, "I love to do it but I'm not sure
when. Neither of us have time at the moment. Chris thought it would be
nice to pick certain tracks we liked (not necessarily singles) from all the
albums and remix and redo them, which is something I d been thinking about as
well." He added that these weren't necessarily tracks produced by
Chris, who particularly likes Wonderful, whereas Marco would like to do
Vive Le Rock.
It's too early to even begin to hope for any other
details as both are busy with other projects at this time, but there had been
plans for Chris Hughes to remix tracks from the Vive Le Rock album for
the remastered release, but that was shelved. The Ant world is watching.
May 6th 2005
New Marco Pirroni Interview
Marco News - A website
dedicated to the sounds of the 1980's have published their exclusive interview
with Marco Pirroni.
RememberTheEighties.com talk to him briefly about the remasters,
Adam, the Wolfmen, the demos box set, and the Ant DVD.
There is even mention of an Ants Revisited project featuring "new mixes
and updates of old tracks".
To read the interview, click
Apr 28th 2005
Kevin Mooney's old band Max
Mooney News -
As we await the June 2005 release Adam Ant's cover version of Wide Boy
Awake's "Chicken Outlaw" on the Mikes Bikes compilation CD,
Musique, have told this site of their plans to put a collection of Max
songs together for release. Songs such as 321 Run, Hooligan
and Physical Beauty are being considered. It is believed that these
are the band's harder recordings which feature Marco Pirroni, as opposed
to the songs produced by Trevor Horn on their Silence Running
album. Although that has not been confirmed as yet.
When Ex-Ant bass player Kevin Mooney left the
Ants in 1981, he formed Wide Boy Awake, releasing two singles, "Bona
Venture" and "Chicken Outlaw". He then formed Lomax,
releasing a cover version of Bob Marley's "Waiting In Vain" on
An album, "Silence Running" was also recorded, produced by Trevor Horn,
and under an amended name, Max. One of the album's tracks was "Shake
Your Hips", which Adam Ant covered and featured on the Beautiful
Dream CD 2 single, recently sold on eBay for £2120.
Max also recorded tracks with Marco Pirroni
and it is these tracks that are believed to be appearing on Mooney's label later
in the year.
Adam Ant - back in the studio?
Apr 28th 2005
Ant News -
Le Coq Musique are
planning to lure Adam Ant back in the studio to record more "Antmusic
for future releases", so this site has learned. The label run by
Gary Asquith and ex-Ant Kevin Mooney already have one Ant performance
in the can, due for release in June 2005. It's a cover version of Mooney's
"Chicken Outlaw", which was recorded by his old band Wide Boy Awake.
As to what the nature of these planned sessions are, is yet unknown, but it must
be emphasised that these are just plans at this stage, and not a
guarantee that Adam will be recording again. (Yet)
Apr 27th 2005
Only 2 known to exist...so far!
Ant News - In a further development to the amazing
£2120 price tag for the Beautiful Dream CD 2 single, it has been
revealed to this site that Anticsworldwide (Umesh
Mistry) had pulled out of the bid once it had reached £1300 ($2485).
He had planned to pay a higher amount originally and would have gone higher. "When the bid got to £1300 I has a
re-think. I decided that I did not want it anymore at the price I bid, because I
thought I was paying too much for it."
Umesh, who also runs the
International merchandise organisation, has also expressed how badly he
wanted the item for his personal collection. So how did he resist the temptation
to bid further? "I knew if I had my computer on near the ending of the
auction I would have got carried away with it and therefore switched it off."
Even though Aiden8's (Donna) winning bid was
over £2100, Umesh estimated its true value to be nearer £800. After
congratulating Donna, he said he
believes that there are more copies out there and did comment on what he would
do if the CD appeared again. But that's something we won't reveal here,
just to keep the Ant world guessing.
Apr 26th 2005
Ant News - It was a nail biting finish as four
bidders patiently waited to see whose bid would grasp the second known copy of
Adam Ant's "Beautiful Dream" CD 2 single. Anticsworldwide (Umesh
Mistry) had set his bid limit to £1300 ($2485) the
previous day. This meant that every bid lower than that was automatically
beaten, as leeandmalaki had found out. Aiden8 (Donna) had
stormed in with two hours to go with a bid of £1350
($2580). (leeandmalaki is her partner and dog)
While all that tension was building Ant fans were
tuned into the Internet radio station Carty FM for live bid updates
coupled with non-stop Antmusic. The lead bidder, aiden8 had even
emailed in a request to play Beautiful Dream. She explained that
she was bidding for this CD single to go with her copy of CD 1 (rumoured to be
limited to 7 copies).
As Ant fans eagerly waited for anticsworldwide
to out bid the £1350, the final two hours passed somewhat uneventful.
Until the absolute dying seconds that is, when TWO last second bids came in.
One from deleriumdesign for £2070 ($3957).
This came as a last minute surprise as he has the only other copy of the single
(and it's his scans that are used on this site). Although it had been
mentioned on the Ant Rap forum that he may want both copies. But from
nowhere, Carty FM listener, aiden8 steals the goods with a winning
high bid of £2120 ($4052). (Previously in the
week Carty had predicted this breaking the £2000 barrier).
Aiden8 (Donna) says she feels chuffed about
her win as Deleriumdesign had beaten her for the same item four years
ago. Deleriumdesign responded by saying he was now £2000 better off
and that he couldn't believe how much its value had soared within 4 years.
Apr 17th 2005
Rare Ant CD single on eBay
Ant News - The ultra rare CD2 single of
Adam Ant's "Beautiful Dream" has been found in a London second hand shop
and is being auctioned off on
The starting bid was just £1.99 and, at the time of "going to press" it
stood at an astounding £360.01!! And it is expected to rise
considerably more by the time the auctions ends at midnight on Monday
25th April 2005. So what makes this such a rarity?
It's the single that got away. Its planned release
was abandoned after poor sales of Wonderful. 4,000 copies were
initially pressed of each CD single. All were destroyed...well almost all.
Only 7 copies of CD1 are believed to exist as a result of them
being sent out as promo copies after the radio promo CD supplies were
depleted. They were recalled, and not all made it back. Only ONE copy
of CD 2 had been known to exist up until this point.
Further details of this release can be found
Ant News - The release of the Mikes Bikes
compilation CD on Kevin Mooney's label
Le Coq Musique has been put back
from April to June 2005. This now casts a shadow of doubt over
whether the "Chicken Outlaw" track featuring Adam Ant will get to
see the light of day. The good news is he's still listed on the label's
website so all hope is not lost yet.
Apr 14th 2005
Adam in Record Collector (click for full size)
- Another review of the 2005 remastered CD's has turned up in the music
press. This time in Record Collector. The reviewer refers to
the Friend Or Foe track as sounding like Rolf Harris, which is one
comparison we don't hear that often. To read the review from a scan of the
here. To see the
full Adam picture above, with text, click
Apr 12th 2005
DJ Hyper "Oh-oh-oh Antmusi-i-ic!"
- An new Ant cover version has been unearthed and added the
Ant Cover Versions page. It's a
version of 'Antmusic' by Hyper, who's also known as
DJ Hyper. Not much is
known about the recording except that it doesn't appear to have been released at
this time. He's currently signed to UK label,
Apr 11th 2005
- UK music journalist and freelancer Paul Lester has interviewed Adam
Ant for the UK broadsheet,
The Daily Telegraph in
"the first interview he has granted since the tumultuous events of 2002 to
2003". The interview lasted an hour and was not conducted face to
face, but it covers many issues from Adam's view of the Michael Jackson case to
"The Madness Of Prince Charming" TV documentary, of which he says, "it
got the best reaction of anything I've ever done".
One revelation from the article
is Adam's apparent lack of recollection of certain past events. Paul writes,
"His cover version of Neil Diamond's America, a charity record for the
New York fire-fighters, doesn't ring any bells, nor does his 2002 single Big
Trouble, a snippet of which was played by Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 2.
"No," he says, vaguely, "that wasn't me."". But on a more positive
note he says he's (still) working on the Fist In The Skull album project,
and that he's also working on his autobiography.
Throughout the early '90s Paul
Lester was a freelance for Melody Maker, City Limits, 20/20,
and Sky magazine. He was made Features Editor of MM in 1993 before
leaving in '97 to launch Uncut, where he is now Deputy Editor. In
his spare time he rides Japanese super bikes, plays with small children (his own)
and wrote for The Guardian, before joining the Telegraph earlier
this year. He's also written a number of biographies for such artists as
Björk, The Verve, The Prodigy, Blur, Oasis, Pulp, Kula Shaker and
Robbie Williams. (They're all subtitled "The Illustrated Story"
and published by Hamlyn should you wish to hunt them down).
To read the full article, either
go to the
site (where registration is required), or it can be read on the INSECT NATIØN
|New Carty Remix
||New Carty Mix
Carty News - With copies of the 2005 Ant
Remasters being delivered by Amazon a few days ahead of the 11th
April release date, we can now finally announce that two new Carty mixes
will be made available for download. The
features Adam covering the T.Rex song "Dandy In The Underworld"
and has received the remix treatment. The Sexy Beast Mix was
already announced on this page on March 30th. Both tracks appear on
Carty Mixes Volume 7, and tracks
details are available on that page.
Apr 7th 2005
|MOJO Mag May 2005
||Sony ad in MOJO
|UNCUT Mag May 2005
||HMV ad in UNCUT
Ant News - UK Music magazine, MOJO, features
a review in the new
May 2005 issue of the three 2005 Adam Ant remastered CD's. It
also features a new Sony ad featuring all six CD's and a picture of all
seven discs in the limited edition collector's box (which looks vaguely familiar
to the image created for this site back in mid February). HMV have
also placed a full page add for the releases in
UNCUT magazine. To
see larger scans of the ads, just click on the images above. To read the
review, please click
Dispatched at last!
Ant News -
Amazon.co.uk have announced that they have started to mail out copies of the
2005 Adam Ant Remasters, due for official release on Monday 11th April.
UK and European customers have been told the CD's were sent out on
7th with arrival dates ranging from 6th - 8th April 2005 and
7th - 11th April 2005. American fans who also ordered through the UK
were also told that the items
dispatched on 7th April 2005, although the due estimated delivery date is
13th - 15th April 2005.
Major Carty site updates
Carty News - Regular visitors to this site will
have noticed a significant number of new pages added to the
Antmusic section. These pages contain
detailed information about all the Ant
bootlegs. Because of the sheer
quantity of pages and subsequent number of updates, the announcements have NOT
been made via this site's
Instead a dedicated folder has been set up on the
Carty Inc. Forum to announce any such changes.
Triple hacking of the Ant Rap forum
Ant News - The official Ant forum, Ant Rap
has been hacked for the third time in one week. As soon as the forum
comes back online the hackers strike again. The forum is probably at its
busiest since it started in the late 1990's, and has left many of its members
devoid of their daily chats. It is not known if the all three hacks are
connected, but it cannot be ruled out. The Adam-ant.net mailing list also
appears to be affected.
A temporary forum has been set up by Justin (aka
Red Scab), who's is the Ant Rap forum's admin and moderator.
That can be found
Mar 30th 2005
Adam Ant - "Chicken Outlaw"
Ant News - Adam Ant's cover version of
Wide Boy Awake's "Chicken Outlaw" is to finally get released in
April 2005. The track was announced by the label
Le Coq Musique back in February 2005
Ant Lib were on the case as far back as April 2004) and will feature on the
label's Mikes Bikes compilation CD. Adam commented himself on the
recording saying, "Rhythm devils
exist only in our minds". "Chicken Outlaw"
was originally a minor hit for Mooney's band, Wide Boy Awake in the
80's. They were formed right after his sacking from the Ants. Mooney's
latest band, the Lavender Pill Mob have also contributed to the new CD.
From a 3AM interview with Kevin Mooney
in Sept 2004 (found
will include a song from none other than Mooney's old mucker Adam Ant, who
chose to sing a version of the Wide Boy Awake single "Chicken Outlaw".
"Which is strange," says Mooney, "Cause that song was about him. When I
left the Ants, I said to Adam, as a parting shot, 'You're not an outlaw --
you're a chicken outlaw.' But that's the track he wanted to do, and he did
a better version than Wide Boy. When I left the Ants, I hated him, but,
when I bumped into him again at a pub in Primrose Hill, it was, 'Hello,
brother!' Time changes things and it heals. I was a defector from the Ants
camp, but through the prism of time, I really appreciate it."
For more information and to order the CD, visit the
Le Coq Musique
New Carty mix
Carty News - A new Carty mix has been completed to
coincide with the release of the 2005
Friend Or Foe
remastered CD. "The Sexy Beast Mix" contains the three tunes
that Adam and Marco recorded in one night, following their return from a
tour of Japan in 1982. "Juanito The Bandito", "Why Do Girls Love
Horses?" and 'new' track, "Good Sex Rumples The Clothing" have been
magically brought together in one smooth 12 minute mix. There's also one
or two surprise bits and pieces in there too, plus an intro that will make you
prick up your ears! The mix was initially to made available on
4th April, but seeing as the release of the 2005 Remasters has been put
back, so has the date for this mix. Read a little more
Mar 29th 2005
Ant News - The much awaited release date for the
2005 Adam Ant remastered CD's has seemingly been put back again.
Initially the 3 CD's and the box containing the bonus CD, Redux were
given a release date of March 1st. That was put back to April
4th 2005. Just a week ago, it was posted on the
Ant Rap Forum that
HMV had given a new release date of April 11th. This was also
confirmed by the
Amazon.co.uk site as they have the same date on their pages. Just to
confuse matters and to concern fans even more, the
Amazon.de site, in Germany, have given a date of April 25th!!
At this time, no official word has been made as to why this is the case.
Mar 28th 2005
Leave It To Me: A Life of Rock, Pop, and Crime: Vol
Ant News - Sad news in the Ant world as Adam's
manager at the height of his career, Don Murfet sadly passed away on
March 26th 2005. Don, along with his wife and daughter had made an
appearance at the 2004 Ant Lib Live 3 event in November to meet Ant fans
and publicise his latest book, "Leave
It To Me: A Life of Rock, Pop, and Crime: Vol 1".
Those who were fortunate to meet with him have expressed how approachable he was
and how fondly he spoke of his days managing the Ants. Don Murfet RIP.
Don's book can be obtained via a
price comparison site,
Marco News - The new single by MaCe
(featuring Marco Pirroni) has been receiving commendable radio plays across the
UK, including BBC Radio 1's Steve Lamacq's show. The Si Begg remix
seems to be stealing the crown as the favoured mix on the 12". The track,
Mr. Grimsdale, has also received the Carty remix treatment, under
the guise of a new pseudonym for more harder mixes. The Blue Carrot
remix can be downloaded by visiting the
www.antfan.com download page.
MaCe - Mr Grimsdale was released by
Superstonic on March 21st 2005
Mar 5th 2005