Music Video of the Day: Ant Rap by Adam and the Ants (1981, directed by Adam Ant and Mike Mansfield)


You learn something new every day.  Up until Monday, I didn’t even know this song existed but it does and it’s even got some historical importance as this was one of the earliest “rap” singles to chart in the UK.  It reached number three on the UK charts.

As for the video, what you have to remember is that it was released shortly after the success of John Boorman’s Excalibur and knight in shining armor were suddenly very popular again.  Terry English, who designed the armor in Excalibur, also designed the armor that Adam Ant wears in this video.  Why does Adam turn into a football player?  Why is the song’s co-writer, Marco Pirroni, dressed up like Liberace?  How did they get Lulu to agree to play the princess that Adam rescues from the castle?  When did Adam Ant turn into Bruce Lee?  When Adam Ant is rapping, anything can happen.  In the video’s final moments, we return to Excalibur as Adam loses his sword to a mysterious figure in the moat.

This video was filmed at Bodiam Castle, which has stood since 1385 and has been open to the public since 1921.  (It’s currently owned and operated by the National Trust.)  The video was co-directed by veteran music video director Mike Mansfield and Adam Ant, himself.

Enjoy!

For those curious, here are the full lyrics to Ant Rap:

Put some wax on the trax and slide on onta here
Hane hane hane hane hane
Hatchets in the corner ears to the ground
Improve to the groove get down to the sound
Buttons and bows and bleu blanc rouge
All things lively must be used
Liberte, egalite, au jour d’hui see’est tres tres tres
Voici l’opportunite nous incroyables
I got the moves they got the grooves
Summoned the gods and they all approved
Bad vibes akimbo on the shelf
Bit of a rap thing going for myself
This gold on the teeth’s no sense at all
It only matters when it’s on the wall
I’m standing here with my four men
Let’s start that rapping thing again:
Marco, merrick, terry lee, gary tibbs and yours truly
In the naughty north and in the sexy south
We’re all singing I have the mouth
In the naughty north and in the sexy south
We’re all singing I have the mouth
I have the mouth
So tired of anarchists looking at me
Don’t need their credibility
“Destroy, ” they say, “defy! Condemn! “
As long as you don’t destroy them
With twenty years of drugs and drink
I thought the time had come to think
About standing up and saying that
It’s tragedy and such old hat
I’m standing here with my four men
Let’s start that rapping thing again:
(I got) marco, merrick, terry lee, gary tibbs and yours truly
In the naughty north and in the sexy south
We’re all singing I have the mouth
In the naughty north and in the sexy south
We’re all singing I have the mouth
I have the mouth
These happy feet are all we need
Summoned the gods and they all agreed
These feet won’t stop they’re in such a hurry
I knock it on the head and I go for a curry
Staying sober can be neat
Get drunk on these here happy feet
Keep on trying to pin me down
“Why a title for your sound? “
I’m standing here with my four men
Let’s do this rapping thing again:
I got marco, merrick, terry lee, gary tibbs and yours truly
In the naughty north and in the sexy south
We’re all singing I have the mouth. ..
And I have the mouth
And you have the mouth
And they got the mouth

 

One response to “Music Video of the Day: Ant Rap by Adam and the Ants (1981, directed by Adam Ant and Mike Mansfield)

  1. Pingback: Lisa’s Week In Review — 1/4/21 — 1/10/21 | Through the Shattered Lens

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