So live on T4 Transmission, September 5, 2008 The Charlatans and Dirty Pretty Things perform Antmusic. But is it just me who would like to actually see this? The camera work / direction in this bit of video is shocking!
If you’ve watched it already, did you spot that there was more than one drummer? Adam Ant had various incarnation of ‘the ants’, from early punk through the new-romantic 80s to going solo, but the best known line up had two drummers Chris “Merrick” Hughes and Terry Lee Miall. It looks to me that both are playing in this collaboration along with Dirty Pretty Things drummer Gary Powell. But there are only a couple of shots that you can see there are THREE drummers!
Not only does whoever is calling the shots decide not to show much of the only two members of the original band being paid tribute to here, or a fairly unusual visual impact of having three drummers but for some reason at 1:28, they again at 2:28 we get the camera to sweep past a set of step ladders that has been left on the side of the stage!? The second time this is done it lasts for the duration of a drum solo only for the camera to cut away when the camera finally arrives at the drummers – what’s going on, what is the director trying to show or is it simply that they have a programmed flying camera that can do that sweep, so might as well use it whether it fits or not.
OK, so visual rant over, the version of Antmusic is fun, the singers have dressed up for the part and it is a good track. Shame you can see so little of it in this video.
Visually this version is fantastic, but it is more famous famous because they are so obviously miming and at around 2 min in the bassist guitar strap breaks and he starts messing around like an idiot, it isn’t hard to see how pissed of Adam is (skip to 5:45ish if you don’t want to watch it all). Kevin Mooney was sacked shortly after this Royal Variety Performance in 1981.
and just for the hell of it, here’s Robbie Williams version of antmusic from 1998