“What happened was this: I got an image in my head that never got out. We see a great many things and can remember a great many things, but that is different. We get very few of the true images in our heads of the kind I am talking about, the kind which become more and more vivid for us as if the passage of the years did not obscure their reality but, year by year, drew off another veil to expose a meaning which we had only dimly surmised at first. Very probably the last veil will not be removed, for there are not enough years, but the brightness of the image increases and our conviction increases that the brightness is meaning, or the legend of meaning, and without the image our lives would be nothing except an old piece of film rolled on a spool and thrown into a desk drawer among the unanswered letters.”
Robert Penn Warren, from All the King’s Men (Harcourt, Brace, & Co., 1946)
my girl planned the sweetest surprise valentine’s date for us… she took me roller skating, we tried a new restaurant that serves my favorite cuisine, and she took me to get frozen custard at the end of the night.
it was SO much fun, but if anything it just made me realize and appreciate all the loving things she does for me on a daily basis - opening doors, cooking dinner, sending me sweet texts, always encouragingly me to be my very best.
i love her so much! our first Valentine’s Day together was lovely but the best part is knowing how many more we’re going to share.
Photographer Gerard McNamara recalls, “With Adam and the Ants recently signing to CBS Records, Antmusic had well and truly arrived. This picture was taken on the ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ tour at the Lyceum Ballroom (supported by Gods Toys) and shows him in his full glory. A real showman, always great to photograph.”
During February–April 1980, a new version of Adam and the Ants was formed with Marco Pirroni (an ex-member of Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Models, Rema Rema and Cowboys International) (guitar), Kevin Mooney (bass guitar), and two drummers, Terry Lee Miall and Chris Hughes (ex-The Blitz Brothers, future Tears for Fears producer), who took the pseudonym of “Merrick.” Pirroni would become an influential member of the group, co-writing all of their new songs with Adam Ant.
Without label support, the band carried out a major UK “Ants Invasion” tour, at the end of which, they signed a major label deal with CBS Records and began recording Kings of the Wild Frontier, having first rush-released the title track as a single. That album was a hit in the United Kingdom and put the band at the forefront of the New Romantic movement. The album reached No. 1 on the UK album charts on 24 January 1981.