1 9 7 7 - 1 9 7 9
as Adam Ant
as Matthew Ashman
as Dave Barbe
as Andy Warren
with special appearances by
Fred Armisen, Rachel Creager, Billy Smith, Jeff Ward, and Jefferson Wilson
Photos taken from video by Jay Cookson.
"I'm a zerox machine."
- Adam Ant
Lexicon Magazine (AUSTRALIA) :
"It is 1978 or 1998, not sure which. You are in London, or maybe
Chicago, either one. A four man band is out in front. The lead singer
has an oh-so-nasty four letter word scratched into his back. The
word is barely legible because of the blood, and the singer is barely
intelligible because he is screaming the lyrics, trying to be heard
over the full speed guitar, bass, and drums. Ladies and gentlemen,
you are witnessing the birth of Adam & the Ants, or just an
incredible simulation thereof."
Chicago Tribune (USA):
"Adam & the Antz aren't content to merely play their idols'
songs. They've set a more formidable challenge for themselves: to
re-create every show the original Adam & the Ants played, 20
years later to the day, down the last detail, including identical
costumes and original set lists. Take their second gig for example.
The original Ants were thrown offstage at a show at London's ICA;
the Antz had no choice but to have the plug pulled during their
performance on the same date at the Museum of Contemporary Art...
They even send out the Ants' original press releases as their own...
But when you're engrossed in their spot-on renditions of early bondage-inspired
classics like "Rubber People" and "Weekend Swingers,"
and realize that you can't tell if a bandmember falling off the
stage is a real accident or a meticulously choreographed recreation
of a mishap from 1978, you can't help but become a believer."
Finito Muchachos - May the mollusc be with you.