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Adam Ant

Adam Ant is the stage name of Stuart Leslie Goddard (born November 3, 1954, London, England), who was the lead singer of the highly successful 1980s New Romantic pop group Adam and the Ants. He took his stage name from the television series Adam Adamant Lives!. Though he started out playing jagged punk rock music, he quickly altered his image as punk began to fall apart, making himself over in a slightly less edgy form that appealed more to suburban teenagers.

Unquestionably, the high point of Adam Ant's career happened in the very early 1980s. In the first two or three years of the decade, Adam and the Ants had several chart topping hits, including Stand and Deliver, Dog Eat Dog, Prince Charming, and AntRap. The early days of MTV provided Adam with another vehicle to get his image and message to the masses - the promotional video. Similar to contemporaries Duran Duran, Adam became one of the first pop video stars. Adam's colorful, charismatic onscreen persona was perfect for the new medium.

Adam's greatest solo success was during the Friend or Foe album era, which included the hit single Goody Two Shoes. Other hits during this early 1980s timeframe were Desperate but not Serious and Hello, I Love You. Later in the 1980s, Adam worked with producers including Phil Collins (on the Strip album), and veteran Tony Visconti (Vive Le Rock), achieving varying degrees of success on the charts. As the 80s wore on, Adam's attention turned toward acting, with an emphasis on TV and movie roles.

The turn of the decade, 1990, saw Adam Ant re-entering the pop music world with the album Manners and Physique, a collaboration with Andre Cymone, a solo artist and an early member of Prince's band. The album was another moderate success, and featured the hit single Room at the Top. In 1993, Adam toured in support of a planned album called Persuasion. For reasons known only to Adam, his entourage, and MCA Records, the album is still unreleased to this day.

The mid-1990s was a time of reinvention for Adam, as he re-entered the pop music world with the album Wonderful. The title track was a success, as was a tour of the U.S. in support of the album. While Adam and his group (which included longtime partner Marco Pirroni) played in smaller venues than they had played in the 1980s, the houses were often packed with enthusiastic fans. A new generation of Ant-influenced artists covered Adam and the Ants' hits during the 90s, including Elastica, Sugar Ray, Trent Reznor, and Robbie Williams.

Antbox, a retrospective box set spanning Adam's career from the late 1970s through the 1990s, was released in late 2001. The box set included 66 tracks on three CD's, and quickly sold through the initial 10,000 units. Adam was poised to join an 80s focused tribute tour in early 2002. The plans were derailed when an altercation in a pub in England led to a brush with the law, and the revelation that Adam suffered from bipolar disorder, the mental illness commonly known as manic depression. Since the 2002 incident, Adam has occasionally been featured in news stories surrounding potential projects, his medical condition, as well as tribute bands devoted to celebrating his career.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Adam Ant Facts

Birth NameStuart Leslie Goddard
OccupationMusician
BirthdayNovember 3, 1954 (63)
SignScorpio
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Adam Ant compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Ant, Adam
Spellcaster
The Very Best of Adam and the Ants
Drop Dead Rock
Hide And Seek
Ant-Man
Sunset Heat
Slam Dance
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