Adam And The Ants – S & M Records – 1982

Physical / Friends / Zerox / Boil in the Bag Man / Christian Dior / Song For Ruth Ellis

It Doesn’t Matter / Cleopatra / B-Side Baby / Bathroom Function / Rubber People / Red Scab

Many thanks to Bradley Hall for lending KYPP this early Adam And The Ants vinyl bootleg for uploading onto this site. Bradley is a regular browser and is mentioned on several other posts on KYPP. He is pictured above in the photo booth with fellow Ants supporter Terry Smith.

Both Bradley and Terry were in a north London based band called Defex. Way back in 1978 one of the young band members managed to scrawl the band’s name onto the old Roxy club entrance in Covent Garden. This graffiti was quickly spoilt by some young upstarts who where in a band called Crass. Crass seemingly went on their own stencil style graffiti mission around the west end of London afterwards and almost covered over this legendary north London bands name! Crass were obviously adept at some old fashioned paste and poster action as well as being able to handle spray cans and stencils in the darkness. Crass? What ever happened to that band? Defex I hope to upload some material onto KYPP at some point soon…

As an impressionable and eager fifteen year old, Bradley first witnessed Adam And The Ants with Jordan screaming into the microphone alongside Adam, at the Rochester Castle in Stoke Newington around April 1978. After getting that taster in Stoke Newington he made a mental note of seeing the band as many times as he could throughout the next couple of years. Bradley went on to follow Adam And The Ants on dates throughout the Young Parisian and Zerox tours, enjoying performances on intense away days to venues far and wide around the UK. Bradley also wore his footwear down around the same period following tours by Martian Dance and The Monochrome Set, two bands that most other Ant people supported fiercely at the time. When I want to hear about the early Ants period, I end up going to two people for information, Tony D and Bradley Hall!

Anyway this early bootleg of Adam And The Ants was pressed up in a poster fold around sleeve and was limited to only five hundred copies. It contains the recordings that comprised both the Decca and Croydon sessions arguably some of the best material the band never released. The band at the time comprised of Adam Ant, Matthew Ashman, Andy Warren and Dave Barbe. The actual vinyl label itself has the names of the songs written in a vague code presumably so that the pressing plant didn’t know that the record was illegal.

Fizzy Cool = Physical

Sono un Amico = Friends

Macchina Dell’eros = Zerox

L’Uomo da Bollire Nella Busta = Boil in the Bag Man

C.D. = Christian Dior

Canzone per Ruth = Song For Ruth Ellis

Non C’E Problema! = It Doesn’t Matter

Patric Leo = Cleopatra

Seconda Facciata Baby = B-Side Baby

Gente di Gomma = Bathroom Function

Bathroom Function = Rubber People

Scabrosso = Red Scab

Adam Ant has announced an intimate gig to be performed at the Proud gallery and venue based at The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road Camden Town NW1 on 6th March. Adam Ant will take to the stage in a special one-night charity performance to launch Proud Galleries’ photographic exhibition ‘Adam Ant – Dandy in the Underworld’. This exhibition runs from 7th March until 29th April 2012 and includes photographs from Chris Duffy, Gerard McNamara, Jill Furmanovski and Janette Beckman amongst others.

A limited number of tickets are being released for this exclusive performance, with 100% of the proceeds going to Adam Ant’s chosen charity DebRa, a national charity working on behalf of individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). 

If you feel you would like to support this gig then HERE is the site to purchase tickets. Tony D and myself went to an intimate Adam Ant gig at a small venue underneath Stamford Bridge in Chelsea last year and it was a fine fine night out indeed… The next day Tottenham went up in flames.

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21 thoughts on “Adam And The Ants – S & M Records – 1982”

  1. Used to have this on vinyl and agree-some of the finest recordings by one of the best bands.

  2. Never had this on vinyl – tape only, but amazing stuff for sure.

    “your perspiration’s brought the wallpaper down”… lyrics!

  3. Regret letting this one go, back in the days when bed was still a mattress on the floor and selling all my records was some kind of psuedo-profound act. There was a double-vinyl came out shortly after too called ‘Antmusic For Sexpeople’. Not that I’d have anything to play them on these days.

    Great great music though, enhanced by the thrill of the forbidden, in more ways than one in this instance.

  4. Still got my Vinyl of this,up there with the best,shame all of this hasn’t had a proper release after all these years..

  5. Thanks for this, will download and enjoy it. Just booked a couple of tickets for the London gig as well, never got to see Adam back in the day,but like lot of people contracted “Antmania” and bought everything I could get my hands on.

  6. Quote:

    “gerard Says:
    January 17th, 2012 at 10:50 pm
    There was a double-vinyl came out shortly after too called ‘Antmusic For Sexpeople’. ”

    I have a copy of that one on vinyl. Does anyone know what it might be worth if I came to sell it?

    Sadly space and money is at a premium at the moment and I am selling the majority of my vinyl collection. I have a few rare Ants recordings and pic discs in a pile, trying to decide if I should sell them if they’re worth proper money…

    I have googled this one and can’t find any sort of valuation, but the last one I saw sell on EBay went for £40….

    Cheers for your help

  7. have you tried popsike.com? they show sales prices of records on the bay, can be useful to know if you’re thinking of selling anything. But remember, just because one person has paid x amount for a tune, doesn’t mean someone else will when you try it…

  8. Hi guys!
    As an early Ants follower, I was pleased to come across your site. I actually met Adam outside L`pool, Eric`s club after a matinee gig in
    1979 (Feb). He hadn`t bothered doing an encore as he didn`t feel that the response for one was vocal enough! He gave us all a badge and thanked us for coming to the show, from the passenger seat of a battered old Austin A40!! I can clearly remember them doing “Young Parisians” during the set, yet this has been disbelieved forever by other hardcore Antz followers! I had actually recorded this gig although the quality was quite poor and, I`m sad to say, got lost eons` ago!!
    Are your boots available to buy?

    Regards.

    Brian.

  9. Thanks for the link Jim, that was an interesting article. Rightly or wrongly I always get the impression that Adam is always close to the edge and could breakdown again at any moment.

  10. Saw Ants Royal College Of Art 77, Siouxsie and Sid 100 Club 77, Pistols with Glen.
    Miss those days. Going see Adam in Birmingham.
    YouTube phil symonds punk, got three videos up, a lot my stuff got nuked in a fire, rest is up there.

  11. thanks so much for posting this, i’ve been after a vinyl copy for some time but i guess will settle for the MP3 now. i think the file may have become corrupted as it goes glitchy in places.
    cheers

  12. Thanks for posting this, still got a soft spot for the Ants as they were my first ever gig at Brigton Top Rank in December 1980 when I was 13 years old. I only liked a couple of pre-Kings of the Wild frontier songs at the time (Cartrouble and Catholic Day), it took me almost 30 years to realise what a great single Zerox is!

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