Prince Charming Adam and the Ants
Song Title: Prince Charming
Artist: Adam and the Ants
Date of release: 4th of September 1981
Description: ” Prince Charming ” is by Adam and the Ants, the English, new wave band. The song was written by Adam Ant ( Stuart Leslie Goddard ) and Marco Pirroni.
The single was produced by Chris Hughes, also known as Merrick, who has worked with many artists including Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Jon Bon Jovi and Wang Chung.
The single was released on the 4th of September 1981 by record label CBS ( Now Columbia Records ) and taken as the second single from the third and final Album ” Prince charming “.
The song is a take on the favourite folk tale Cinderella. The tale was made famous by Brothers Grimm, but actually, the story goes back further with the first documented version coming from China and the oldest European version originating in Italy.
The Cinderella, most people, are familiar with is the Disney version of 1950, which went on to become commercially successful for Disney and most certainly saved them from bankruptcy.
The story is also famous as a festive pantomime in the UK with many celebrities taking various roles. Cinderella first appeared as a stage pantomime at the Drury Lane Theatre in London, England around 1904 and a year later at the Adelphi Theatre also in London.
Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni took the original story and added a twist, instead of a young woman they placed a young man in the role.
The video that accompanied ” Prince Charming ” was directed by Mike Mansfield and Adam. The Fairy Godmother was played by Diana Dors ( Diana Mary Fluck ).
In the video, Adam is seen in the Cinderella role sweeping a kitchen floor. Fellow band members sing to him ” Don’t you ever, don’t you ever, stop being dandy, showing me you’re handsome “.
Suddenly his fairy Godmother appears and waves her wand to transform Adam’s ragged clothes into flamboyant attire fit for a Prince. The sequences that follow show a roller skater ( Played by Paula Owen ) holding an invitation to ” Come to the ball and dance the Prince Charming “.
The stuffed toy cat, known as Sooty ” was magically transformed by the Godmother into a Black Panther ( Which kept falling asleep when they tried to film him ).
Then the video shows Adam as Prince Charming at the ball where he swings on a chandelier, watched by other guests ( Played by Adam’s friends ).
Adam, the band members and assembled guests along with Diana Dors, dance the ” Prince Charming ” across the Ballroom floor.
The video ends with Adam shattering a mirror and changing his look and portraying different characters.
The arm crossing dance became popular and was imitated in the clubs. As the video received more air time and the song climbed the charts.
The lyrical and video content led to speculation about Adam’s sexuality; the single also coincided with rumours about the English Prince Edward and his sexual orientation, many believed at the time the song was about him.
However, according to Adam, the song is actually about Beau Brummell, the flamboyant friend of Prince Regent, the future English King George IV.
During a BBC Radio 5 Live show hosted by Danny Baker in 2010, Rolf Harris claimed that lawyers acting on his behalf had secured a large out of court settlement from Adam. The song has the same tune as Rolf’s 1965 song ” War Canoe “, this was confirmed by a musicologist to be the case.
The single was a commercial success for Adam and the Ants; it was the group’s second Number One in the UK where it spent one month at the top. The song stayed in the Top Ten for six weeks and spent a total of twelve weeks on the UK chart.
” Prince Charming ” also reached Number One on the Irish Chart and spent ten weeks on the chart there. It also reached the Top Ten in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Germany 10, Austria 14, the Netherlands 8, Belgium 8, Sweden 20, Ireland 1
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