Adam And The Ants – Stand And Deliver (1981)

Written by on 3 March 2021

“Stand and Deliver” is a song by British new wave band Adam and the Ants, released as the lead single from their third studio album, Prince Charming (1981). It was the band’s first No. 1 hit in the UK. The phrase “stand and deliver — your money or your life”, used in the lyrics, is commonly associated with highwaymen in 18th century England.

Adam and the Ants’ previous single, “Antmusic”, debuted on the UK Singles Chart on 6 December 1980. It spent nine weeks in the top 10, peaking at No. 2, but was denied the No. 1 position by the re-release of John Lennon’s “Imagine” after his murder in New York City on 8 December 1980.

“Stand and Deliver” became the band’s first No. 1 when it debuted at the top spot on 3 May 1981, and remained there for five weeks. It has sold 1.03 million copies in the UK. On the US Dance chart, “Stand and Deliver” peaked at #38.

Copies of the single “Stand and Deliver” b/w “Beat My Guest” were included as a free bonus item with some vinyl copies of the US version of the album Kings of the Wild Frontier on Epic Records. Epic’s cassette edition appended the two tracks to each end of either side of the tape. A slightly different version of “Stand and Deliver” was then featured on their follow-up LP, Prince Charming, released in November 1981.

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