Adam and the Ants live at the Lyceum – archive, 25 November 1980

25 November 1980 The band produce an exciting, physical sound but Adam is so lost in his Hollywood fantasies that his performance becomes risible

For the past three years, no group has been more despised than Adam and the Ants. They have always had a fanatical following, but their melodramatic style – a combination of art school and thuggery – made them the band the critics loved to hate. Recently, to everyone’s astonishment, they produced a hit single and a wonderful album called King of the Wild Frontier.

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