Esquire calls him “The last truly magnificent pop star that Britain ever produced” and now Adam Ant proves definitively why he deserves that title with his first studio album in seventeen years. Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter is a collection of seventeen songs that are loosely autobiographical, but 100% Ant music. The album is available now and we have the video for the first single for you below. The video for “Cool Zombie”, produced and directed by Adam Ant and Adam Ross, was filmed in one day at Hoxton Hall, a Victorian music hall in Shoreditch, East London. The concept is the story of Adam’s return to London after living in Tennessee.
“I lived in Tennessee for a couple of years,” Adam explained. “My daughter, Lily Caitlin, was born there. I decided that I was going to be like a house husband, so I was with her and changing nappies. That’s the hardest work I’ve ever done, the child-rearing thing. But as Lily got older, I started to think about music. I missed it – the creative process and the live side of it.”
Produced and directed by Adam Ant and Adam Ross, it was filmed in one day at Hoxton Hall, a Victorian music hall in Shoreditch, East London. The concept is the story of Adam’s return to London after living in Tennessee.
The first part of the album’s enigmatic title also pays homage to Adam’s iconic “Kings of the Wild Frontier” persona who wore the trademark white stripe. Although this persona never had a name, Adam now refers to the character as The Blueblack Hussar, a reference to the cavalry hussar units that originated during the 15th century throughout Europe. Many units were known for their characteristic dress that included distinctive hats, elaborate braided jackets and, in some groups, pants with a yellow vertical stripe – three signature items that Adam adopts on stage.
The second part of the title, “Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter” is linked to an old naval term that refers to being punished. Or, metaphorically speaking, his feelings about being signed to a major label for so many years. Now, Adam has released this album on his own label, Blueblack Hussar Records.
The mysterious cover girl wearing the Nelson hat is Georgie Hobday, the subject of two oil paintings by BP portrait-prize recipient Mary Jane Ansell. Georgie also appears in the video for “Cool Zombie”.
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