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Stuart Leslie Goddard, better known as his stage name, Adam Ant, is a singer songwriter who led his band to success, scoring 10 UK top ten hits at the beginning of the 1980s, three of which were number 1s.
Adam and the Ants were a huge force of nature throughout the music world, founded in May 1977, fronted by Adam Ant himself. They were at the frontline of the post-punk era, and made their radio debut on the John Peel show on January 23rd 1978. It was around this time that they would tour extensively, usually alongside Siouxsie and the Banshees. The band became quite unpopular with a lot of the press with their controversial lyrics, but they soldiered on, until the release of “Dirk Wears White Sox” released on October 30th 1979, making it to number 16 in the UK Albums Chart, and become a gold record.
It was the following year however that the band released the album “Kings of the Wild Frontier” which shot up the charts right to number one, and also charted in the US, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia, eventually being certified Platinum. The album produced the hits, “Dog Eat Dog” which went to number 4 in the UK Singles Chart, and “Antmusic” which went to number 2, whilst making it to number 1 in Australia. They also re-released the title track as a single the following year, and earned themselves another number 2 single.
It paved the way for Adam and the Ants to release “Prince Charming”, a huge album that also became a Platinum record, and produced the title track of course which went to number 1 and the song “Stand and Deliver”, earning the band consecutive number 1 hits. Also from the album was the single “Ant Rap” which went to number 3. After yet another international tour, the band was back into the studio, working on an album called “Friend or Foe” which was later released in October 1982. It went to number 5 in the UK Album charts and was certified Gold. It produced the number one single “Goody Two Shoes” and the number 9 single “Friend or Foe”.
Between the albums “Strip” released on November 1983 and “Wonderful” released on March 7th 1995, the bands success whilst remaining consistent, dropped to charting around the number 20 mark.
On January 21st 2013, they released “Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter”. The album peaked at number 25.