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In 1980, millions of UK TV viewers saw Adam and the Ants perform ‘Dog Eat Dog’ on Top of the Pops. The phenomenon began and they would dominate the charts for several years. But this was no overnight success. It had been the culmination of years of toil starting at Hornsey College of Art where Adam formed the band Bazooka Joe. With Adam on bass, they played around London and, in 1975, Adam’s life changed when he saw The Sex Pistols play their first-ever gig supporting Bazooka Joe at St. Martins College of Art. He formed The Ants and in 1979 they released their debut album, ‘Dirk Wears White Søx’ that topped the independent chart. In 1980, the Ants left Adam to work with former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren.
Adam put his new ‘warrior’ sound into practice and soon had a fresh band including two drummers. They signed a major-label deal and recorded the album ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ that became a huge hit, spent 12 weeks at number one and won a ‘Best New Artist’ Brit Award. Antmania swept the nation. ‘Stand and Deliver’ hit the number-one spot for five weeks and earned Adam an Ivor Novello award. ‘Prince Charming’ also hit number one and another 12 singles went Top 30. At one point, Adam had eight singles in the top 40 in one week! ‘Goody Two Shoes’ crowned both theUKand Australian charts. In theUSA, Adam earned a ‘Best New Artist’ GRAMMY nomination in 1982.
His first solo album, ‘Friend or Foe’, delivered three top-twenty hits on the USA Billboard Top 100 chart and in 1983 he appeared on the ‘Motown 25 Special’(NBC) alongside Michael Jackson who performed his moonwalk dance for the first time. Adam’s second solo album, ‘Strip’, produced the top-five UKhit ‘Puss in Boots’, but the BBC banned the video and the song for the follow-up single ‘Strip’. While recording his third solo album ’Vive Le Rock’ with producer Tony Visconti, Adam started an acting career by appearing in a theatre production. In 1985 Adam performed ‘Vive Le Rock’ at Live Aid and the next few years were devoted to acting in films including Nomads, Love BitesandSlam Dance and TV shows such as The Equalizer, Tales from the Crypt and Sledge Hammer!
During the 1990s Adam, again, split his time between chasing film/TV roles while recording ‘Manners and Physique’ that included the hit ‘Room at the Top’.The follow-up album, ‘Persuasion’, remains without an official release to this day, but in 1995 Adam released ‘Wonderful’ with its self-titled single and follow-up ‘Gotta Be A Sin’ that were accompanied with successful tours of the UK and USA. It would be twelve years before Adam would play live again, acoustically, in 2006, when he read extracts from his autobiography ‘Stand & Deliver’.The book laid bare Adam’s childhood and his well-documented mental-health battles. In 2008, Adam received the ‘Q Music Icon Award’ alongside fellow recipients Paul McCartney and Bryan Ferry.
This rekindled recognition resulted in a series of gigs in 2010 and Adam formed a new band called Adam Ant & The Good, the Mad & the Lovely Posse. After sold outUSAandUKtours in 2012, Adam released his new album, ‘Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter’, in 2013. The album, a musical autobiography with 17 musical stories about Adam’s life and things that interest him, debuted at #8 on The Official Chart in theUKand climbed to #3 on the UK Indie Albums Chart.
Now, on the eve of hisUKand North American tours, Adam is bringing his new sound back to his fans on both sides of the pond.