raised on mtv: part three:
stand and deliver, from the prince charming album, hit the u.k. radio charts in 1981. it was sometime in 1984 that adam and the ants, and the prince charming album, had it's impact on me. i was at lisa's house when i first saw this video, lying on the floor of her bedroom, her television right under a full-size poster of mr. ant himself. i remember back then that lisa would sign all her notes, passed to me in the hallway, as lisa ant. lisa, aimee and i used to walk through the hallways at school, with our arms linked, singing stand and deliver, your money or your life; aimee always making the distinct drum roll sound, as we sang.
perhaps it was the appeal of the new romantics, which is ironically not so different than the scene kids that julia associates her style to, that had us girls swooning over adam. or, maybe it was the appeal of the pirate lifestyle, the libertine code of conduct, the undertones of moral rebellion. stand and deliver was anarchy with eyeliner, and it was sexy, and appealing, to a group of parochial school girls in the midst of adolescence, and sexual awareness/awakenings.
and, it was a really keen song to dance to.
the devil take your stereo and your record collection!