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Malcolm McLaren makes a mix tape for Adam Ant -1979.

adam ant pic interview 1980 record mirror

adam ant pic scanned from Oct 1980 Record Mirror

malcolm mclaren's pretend tape inner sleave playlist for adam ant 1979

Not a scan! Just a made up thingy!

On 27th October, 1979, Malcolm McLaren and Adam Ant both attended the same wedding in London.  Adam with his Ants had just recorded & released the brilliant “Dirk wears white sox” album.
So Malcolm got talking to Adam, asking about what was happening, known Adam had just split the band. They chatted for hours and 6 weeks later Malcolm & Adam had agreed a management deal.  Malcolm gave Adam a mix tape of 17 songs to help him understand the construction of songs and seek a style which would, as Adam states in his autobiography, “eventually evolve as Antmusic”.
As well as mocking up what the cassette sleeve may have looked like,  I’ve created a playlist of these tracks which you can listen to on YouTube.  All the songs listed above are on it except for those 2 tracks with the asterix. (I got a lot done in that extra hour tonight, when the clocks went back!)

listen to malcolm mclaren's tape playlist for adam ant 1979 on youtube

Click to listen to tape playlist on You Tube

Of course, Adam Ant plays Dublin on 25 November, 2011.

I’ve also scanned in an interview with Adam Ant from Record Mirror, October 1980. By this stage, Adam had split with Malcolm, teamed up with Marco and the single “Kings of the Wild frontier” had just been released. It initially just reached the lower end of the charts, but things were all set to explode and take Adam into a whole new dimension.


See other post: Adam & the Ants, Lyceum, 1979.


6 replies »

    • Thanks for comment, R2D2Antics! I put the tracks in the order that Adam had listed them in his autobiography. The Burundi Black was last in the list but is by far the most significant track.


  1. The first album I ever bought. Adam Ant. I used to be embarassed but now, thanks to you, Dougie, I see that it was subversive post-modern irony from the bould Malcolm. I’m saved!


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