Sunday, August 21, 2016
Adam Ant - Vive Le Rock - 1985
One of the aspects that I admired about Ant, was his ability to exude hetero sensuality and eroticism while NOT being some typical masculine testosterone tough guy, but more of a pretty boy. He showed that even those guys with skinny arms and lace scarves could be just as attractive to the opposite sex as a long-haired headbanger.
Vive Le Rock finds Ant moving more into the Pop Rock territory, with a couple big hits that I remember well. I had these two songs in a mix tape I made from taping the radio. I always loved those tapes, even with the beginning and ends of the songs all jacked up with a song segue or the DJ jumping in and shooting his mouth off. These two singles I remember being that way specifically, but that was how I listened to them for years. I remember the end of Apollo 9, the DJ said "Traffic on the Dan (Ryan Expressway (a highway in Chicago))" before I cut the tape off. Now when I listen to the song, right at the end of the song I say "Traffic on the Dan" right where it was when I was a kid.
B-sides, demos and mixes galore on this one. A great little spin. I changed the color of the type on the front to blue, as I felt it suited the cover better. The cover was too red before. The blue provides a nice contrast with the brown, red, orange and yellow of the photo.
Turn it up.