The front and back cover of the single were taken during the filming of the Stand and Deliver promotional video at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire by Allan Ballard.
Given that Adam Ant’s obsession with cultivating his image always smacked at least a little bit of narcissism, it’s not surprising that all of the Ants’ songs are essentially manifestos for the singer. In “Stand and Deliver”, Ant assumes of the role of one of Britain’s most revered archetypes: the dashing rogue. As he states in the lyrics, “I’m the dandy highwayman who you’re too scared to mention / I spend my cash on looking flash and grabbing your attention”, casting himself as an upstart threat to the pop charts who nevertheless draws all eyes to him. Furthermore, Ant was one of the first musicians who grasped the image-developing potential of the music video medium, utilizing the form to fashion himself into a larger-than-life pop icon. Suitably, in the filmic “Stand and Deliver” promo Ant spends his time taunting the stodgy aristocracy of his Antworld, crashing dramatically through windows like an old-style adventure film star and even narrowing escaping execution to thumb his nose at them on his way to safety. Throughout the whole episode, what Ant and his crew are up to just looks like so much fun, making the singer’s call to “throw your safety overboard and join our insect nation” all the more inviting.
Frankly, it takes a lot of confidence (or arrogance) in your own charisma to put out a single that boasts about how much more fashionable you are than everyone else while Frankly, it takes a lot of confidence (or arrogance) in your own charisma to put out a single that boasts about how much more fashionable you are than everyone else while courting potential followers. Luckily for the Ants, “Stand and Deliver” is a song so good they could rationalize any self-aggrandizing statements off the back of it, and remains a potent reminder of the power of the three-minute pop single