Adam Ant has opened up about his short-lived friendship with Michael Jackson.
Speaking to NME in a video which you can see at the top of the page, the eccentric singer revealed that he’d been invited round to the Jackson family home when he was touring his 1980 album ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’.
Remembering his time with Jackson, he said: “I was touring ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’ and I got this call at about 5.30 in the morning saying ‘Hi, this is Michael Jackson’. I just thought it was my drummer Chris, so I told him to fuck off and put the phone down.”
He continued: “He rang back again and I put the phone down again then Quincy Jones called me and said ‘This is Michael calling’. They were doing ‘Thriller’ and he asked me how I got the drum sound on ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’. I told him to speak to our drummer. And then I got another call to ask where I got the jacket, so I told him and he went there and got it copied.”
He continued further: “I got invited over to LA and I went to his family home, because he was still living with his mum and dad. All his brothers and sisters were there and I just spent the day walking round the house with all the snakes and llamas. I actually followed him onstage right after he did the moonwalk for the first time.”
The singer also spoke about his new album, which has the extremely lengthy title of ‘Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter’ and said he ‘can’t wait for it to come out’.
Speaking about his first studio album in 17 years, Ant said: “I’ve been writing for the last two or three years, I never stopped writing. I’ve done 17 tracks for the new album and I can’t wait to start playing it live.”
He continued: “The first single’s called ‘Cool Zombie’ and it doesn’t sound like anything else I’ve done before, so hopefully it won’t be boring. I can’t wait for the record to come out, it’ll be such a relief to get it out.”
The singer also spoke about the documentary has made with Klaxons‘ bassist Jamie Reynolds, which charts his comeback tail, and said it would be out in March 2013.
He said of this: “There’s a film coming out too, which is produced by Jamie (Reynolds) from Klaxons and has been directed by Jack Bond, who made a great film about Salvador Dali. He followed me around for a year as I was on the comeback trail. There’s an interview with me and Jamie and Mark Ronson in there. It’ll be out in March next year.”
‘Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter’ is due out in early 2013.