Stuart Leslie Goddard, better known as Adam Ant (born 3 November 1954), is an English singer and musician. He gained popularity as the lead singer of new wave group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist, scoring 10 UK top ten hits from 1980 to 1983, including three UK No. 1 singles. He has also worked as an actor, appearing in over two dozen films and television episodes from 1985 to 2003.
Stuart Leslie Goddard, better known as Adam Ant (born 3 November 1954), is an English singer and musician. He gained popularity as the help singer of new appreciation group Adam and the Ants and forward-thinking as a solo artist, scoring 10 UK summit ten hits from 1980 to 1983, including three UK No. 1 singles. He has as well as worked as an actor, appearing in beyond two dozen films and television episodes from 1985 to 2003.
Born in Marylebone, London, Ant began his musical career playing bass in the band Bazooka Joe. From 1977 to 1982 he performed once Adam and the Ants and their debut album Dirk Wears White Sox (1979) reached number one upon the UK Independent Albums Chart. Prior to recording his second album as Adam and the Ants, he asked producer Malcolm McLaren to direct his band, who instead took his support band to form Bow Wow Wow. Ant regrouped with extra members, including Marco Pirroni to freedom his second album Kings of the Wild Frontier (1980). It reached number one in the UK Album Chart, spawned three hit singles and the album was the UK number one selling album in 1981 (and the 48th best seller in 1980) and won Best British Album at the 1982 Brit Awards. He released his third and unadulterated album in imitation of the group, Prince Charming (1981), which spawned two UK number one singles “Stand and Deliver” and “Prince Charming”.
In 1982, he disbanded his group for a solo career retaining abandoned Marco Pirroni as a bandmember and co-songwriter for difficult solo albums. His first solo album was Friend or Foe (1982), which the debut single “Goody Two Shoes” reached number one in the UK and Australia in 1982 and became his first top 20 hit in the United States. The album reached number five upon the UK Albums Chart and number 16 upon the US Billboard Album Chart, becoming his most wealthy solo album. His next two solo albums Strip (1983) and Vive Le Rock (1985) were less commercially thriving in the UK and US and were a noted stylistic departure of his earlier stone albums; being more stuck in pop and dance. During this time, Ant after that began to focus on an acting career performing upon stage and in television and movie roles throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He released his fourth solo album Manners & Physique (1990) which was produced by André Cymone and featured a Minneapolis sound. Despite the US Top 20 endowment of the single “Room at the Top” from that album, Ant was dropped from MCA Records and the abundantly recorded Persuasion (1991) was shelved and never officially released. He signed taking into consideration Capitol Records to release Wonderful (1995), which featured more acoustic songs than his previous albums. The single “Wonderful” became Ant’s third US Top 40 hit single.
Since 2010, Ant has reactivated his musical career, performing breathing regularly in his hometown of London and beyond, recording and releasing a other album Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter (2013, UK number 25) and completing eight full-length UK national tours, five US national tours, and two Australian tours. A further album, Bravest of the Brave, was recorded in 2014 and is still awaiting release.