Adam Ant returns as The Blueblack Hussar!

By on December 20, 2015

An artist that manages to create outside the time they live in, forging work that transcends the zeitgeist, is a rarer one, and Adam Ant is such an artist. Always managing to never resemble any other artist around him, the man and his music have carried his embellished signature.

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In Jack Bond’s documentary The Blueblack Hussar we get the most personal look at Ant to date. Although John Moulson’s 2004 attempt, The Madness of Prince Charming, provided much dialogue from those close to Ant, it was still a microscope peering at a man’s life, whereas Bond’s approach is to just let Ant be Ant.

Hence, we are truly a fly on the wall for the then 52-year-old’s antics as an adult musician, phenomenally performing the music that set him apart from the masses (a fairly popular activity among rock acts from the late ‘70s to early ‘80s). Shown in performance with early hits like “Fall In” and “Physical (You’re So),” Ant has re-donned some of the gear that made him such a heartthrob during his Stand and Deliver and pirate phases.

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The glasses make him a bit nerdish, though his sound is the sound that Antfans have always loved. Nothing has been rejiggered to try to attract a new audience. Ant knows his music and it’s what he delivers. Here he does not shy away from Bond’s camera at all, showing a less defined abdomen and chest, Ant is Ant here. There is no pretense.

Such a wonderful burst of fresh air amidst the numerous post-VH1 ‘documentaries’ that either sensationalize, or glamourize, failure.

Adam Ant with artist Allen Jones in London 2-1

We do get the most bared privy on the man’s current life, though this doc will most likely appeal to those who are already aligned with Ant’s music and life. While other docs may concentrate on portions of artist’s lives that show the times and spaces they live in, this is a camera into a man’s life.

Rather than publishing 30-year-old clips almost the entire film is Ant being photographed, Ant in his home, Ant petting a dog, Ant listening to a song and emoting physically to each beat throughout.

If you love Adam Ant, chances are very good you will dig this doc. If you have no idea who Adam Ant is, you might find yourself wanting a bit more than an inside peek into a creative artist’s life. Though if you like Charlotte Rampling, she does drop in for a visit!

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But boy oh boy, for Antfans, it’s a must. Covering the artist’s mammoth output with clips from live performances of “Catholic Day,” “Christian D’or,” “Red Scab,” “Press Darlings,” “Beat My Guest,” and many more, this is the next best thing we have to a full-on live show recording of Ant’s recent tours recreating that sound that brings us all together: Antmusic.

Buy The Blueblack Hussar.

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About Shade Rupe

Shade Rupe is the author of Funeral Party 1 and 2, and Dark Stars Rising, a collection of interviews with Divine, Crispin Glover, Gaspar Noe, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Udo Kier, Tura Satana, and many more. He co-directed the live recording of Teller of Penn & Teller’s off-Broadway show Play Dead. He was a featured guest on "Bravo’s Scariest Movie Moments" alongside Stephen King, John Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, Peter Jackson, and more. He is now working on an updated edition of Dark Stars Rising to include new interviews with Norman Reedus, William Friedkin, John Boorman, and more. Visit him at shaderupe.com.