Adam & The Ants - Stand And Deliver (1981)
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"Stand and Deliver" is a song by British new wave band Adam and the Ants, released as the lead single from their third studio ...
"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.
The costume and general plot of the video show a strong influence from the 1973 Monty Python sketch "Dennis Moore", although the highwayman scenario had also recently formed the basis for the Dick Turpin series on UK television, starring Richard O'Sullivan in the title role. It features Adam Ant dressed as a "dandy highwayman" who threatens his victims with the mirror image of their unfashionable selves and who is captured and escapes being hanged from the gallows with help from his accomplices (his band members).
The video's opening sequence of Adam Ant putting on his make-up before going out on a robbery became a defining visual image for Adam Ant in the years that followed; a still from this was used as the sleeve for Ant's next single. The video also has the first appearance by Amanda Donohoe, who at the time was Adam Ant's girlfriend.