Personalities | Adam & The Ants | Eighties | Rock
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1977–82)
The charismatic Adam Ant (b. Stuart Goddard) was a prominent figure in the boutiques and clubs of the punk scene, appearing in Derek Jarman’s film Jubilee, and releasing Dirk Wears White Sox in 1979. After his backing band became Bow Wow Wow, he started from scratch, gaining huge fame with his follow-up – 1980’s Kings Of The Wild Frontier. Powered by African-style drumming, courtesy of Merrick and Terry Lee Miall, and Marco Pirroni’s emphatic, Link Wray-influenced guitar, the hits streamed out. ‘Dog Eat Dog’, ‘Ant Music’, (both 1980), and tracks from third album Prince Charming (1981) – ‘Stand And Deliver’, ‘Prince Charming’ (both No. 1s in 1981) and ‘Ant Rap’ – were all boosted by videos which emphasized flamboyance and a good-time ethic, and helped define the new romantic movement. It was exciting pop music, which continued in Adam’s solo career, including the chart-topper ‘Goody Two Shoes’, which became his first US smash in 1982.
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