Adam Ant Part One
I have been following him since I heard “Desperate But Not Serious” and I’m happy to type that I have his CD’s and iTunes albums. So now I’m doing Adam Ant Part One, but only because I’m a fan.
Stuart Leslie Goddard better known as Adam Ant (birthed 3 November 1954) is an English singer and musician. He acquired popularity as the lead singer of new wave band Adam and the Ants and later on as a solo performer, racking up 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 as well as TV episodes from 1985 to 2003.
Adam Ant in 2017
Stuart Leslie Goddard
3 November 1954 (age 65)
Marylebone, London, England
New Wave, post-punk, alternative rock, dance-rock
Musician, singer, actor.
Vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica, piano, mandolin.
CBS, Columbia, MCA, EMI, Blueblack, Hussar.
Adam and the Ants, Bazooka Joe.
Born in Marylebone, London, Ant started his musical career playing bass in the band Bazooka Joe. From 1977 to 1982 he performed as Adam and the Ants as well as their debut album Dirk Wears White Sox (1979) reached number one on the UK Independent Albums Chart. Before recording his second album as Adam and the Ants, he asked producer Malcolm McLaren to manage his band, that instead took his backing band to create Bow Wow Wow. Ant regrouped with new members, consisting of Marco Pirroni to release his second album Kings of the Wild Frontier(1980). It reached number one in the UK Album Chart, generated three hit singles and also the album was the UK number one selling album in 1981 (and the 48th bestseller in 1980) as well as won Best British Album at the 1982 Brit Awards. He released his third and also final album with the band, Prince Charming (1981), which generated two UK number one singles “Stand and Deliver“ and “Prince Charming“.
In 1982, he disbanded his band for a solo career retaining just Marco Pirroni as a band member as well as co-songwriter for later 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 also Australia in 1982 and became his first top 20 hit in the USA. The album reached number five on the UK Albums Chart as well as number 16 on the US Billboard Album Chart, becoming his most successful solo album. His next two solo albums Strip (1983) and Vive Le Rock (1985) were less commercially successful in the UK as well as US and also were a noted stylistic departure of his earlier rock albums being more grounded in pop and dance. During this time, Ant also started to concentrate on an acting career performing on stage as well as in TV and also film roles throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He released his fourth solo album Manners & Physique (1990) which was produced by André Cymone as well as included a Minneapolis sound. Despite the US Top 20 success of the single “Room At The Top“ from that album, Ant was dropped from MCA Records and the fully recorded Persuasion (1991)was shelved as well as never was officially released. He signed with Capitol Records to release Wonderful (1995), which included more acoustic songs than his previous albums. The single “Wonderful“ became Ant‘s third ever US Top 40 hit single. After a lengthly break from music, Ant returned with his album Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner‘s Daughter (2013) which was released on his own label Blueblack Hussar Records. Despite the independent self-release, the album reached number 25 on the UK Albums Chart, only one place lower than Wonderful , which was released 18 years previously.
Since 2010, Ant has embarked on an extreme reactivation of his musical career, performing live frequently in his hometown of London and also beyond, recording and releasing a new album as well as completing six full-length UK nationwide tours, four US nationwide tours, and also two Australian tours and with a fifth US tour scheduled as well as a additional album completed and also awaiting release.
Stuart Goddard was born in Marylebone, London. He was the only child of Leslie Alfred Goddard and Betty Kathleen Smith. His dad had served in the Royal Air Force and also worked as a chauffeur, and his mom was an embroiderer for Norman Hartnell. His house was two rooms in De Walden buildings, St John‘s Wood. He remembers: “There was no luxury, but there was always food on the table.“ He is of partial Romani descent; his maternal grandfather, Walter Albany Smith, was Romanichal. His heritage would certainly end up being a basis for a theme in his later work: a concern for oppressed minorities.
His parents divorced when Goddard was seven years old and his mom supported him by working as a domestic cleaner, briefly working for Paul McCartney. Goddard‘s first school was Robinsfield Infants School, where he developed a considerable stir by throwing a brick through the head-teacher‘s office window on two consecutive days. In the aftermath of this incident, Goddard was placed under the supervision of teacher Joanna Saloman, that motivate him to create his capabilities in art as well as whom he would certainly later on credit as the first person to show him he could be creative artistically.
Goddard then went to Barrow Hill Junior School where he boxed, belonged to the cricket team and also passed the eleven plus exam to acquire a place at St Marylebone Grammar School which was an all boys school where he took pleasure in history lessons, played rugby and later became a school prefect. After taking as well as passing six O levels and also three A levels in English, History and Art, Goddard then went to Hornsey College of Art to study graphic design and for a while was a student of Peter Webb. He later dropped out of Hornsey, short of completing his BA, to concentrate on a career in music.
Early Musical Career
The first band Goddard joined was Bazooka Joe, in which he played bass guitar.
Since beginning his course at Hornsey, Goddard had married fellow student Carol Mills, with whom he lived at her parents‘ house in Muswell Hill. Soon after, he developed anorexia. “I just didn’t eat,“ he has said of this period, “I wasn’t attempting to slim, I was attempting to kill myself.“ At some point, Goddard took an over dose of all the pills he could locate in his mother-in-law‘s kitchen cabinet. After having his stomach pumped, he was sent to Colney Hatch psychiatric hospital in North London, being released after three months on the condition of supervision by Mills. “I was totally fucked-up in the head. Things went wrong and something snapped. I just became a vegetable for three months. I couldn’t talk to people. I was very ill and that was part of the reason I left college.“
Upon his discharge from the hospital, Goddard renamed himself Adam Ant (perhaps a play on words adamant; Adam being the first man and also Ant due to the fact that “they are resilient little buggers“ with Mills renaming herself Eve. or perhaps in reference to the 1966 BBC serial Adam Adamant Lives. Ant remade connections with fellow former B-Sides Lester Square and Andy Warren as well as along with drummer Paul Flanagan, they created Adam and the Ants (originally named simply “The Ants“) in 1977, with the inaugural band meeting held in the audience at a Siouxsie and also the Banshees performance at the Roxy Club in London‘s Covent Garden.