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Adam & the Ants: That's Antertainment

Susin Shapiro, The Village Voice, 15 April 1981

ANT MUSIC for sex people: what a snappy catechism, what a sly ad for an act, and what an act it is. Adam & the Ants have all Britain under sway and are now in contact with thrill-starved Americans roaming the sidewalks in Sony Walkman bliss. Ant music is the self-promotion of a 26-year-old half-Romany ex-artschool flamboyant renamed Adam Ant. Ant music is reverently gimmicky, pseudo-primitive, decked out in original nuggets and artyfacts, fashion, and novelty. Ant music is an alibi, an excuse for a spectacle. Blindfolded, you could still hear its pictures.

Total word count of piece: 759


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