Stuart Leslie Goddard, better known by music fans as Adam Ant, made a splash on the '80s music scene with his war-paint-like makeup and Paul Revere outfits. As frontman for Adam and the Ants, Adam Ant was a staple in the punk rock movement. He recorded several records with "the Ants," including Dirk Wears White Sox ('79), Kings of the Wild Frontier ('80) and Prince Charming ('81). He embarked on a solo music career in '82 and began working as an actor during the '80s as well. Adam Ant has won awards at The Brit and Q Awards and received a Grammy nomination for "Best New Artist" in '82 while he was still the frontman for Adam and the Ants. Today, Adam Ant still performs for large crowds, a testament to his decades' long career.
One would be forgiven for thinking that punk acts would inspire a performer so associated with the punk scene. However, Adam Ant cites some very unlikely musical influences. He admits to liking Beach Boys' Brian Wilson's vocals, and Adam Ant has said he also loves the vocal harmonies of the Beach Boys on the album Heroes and Villains. Additionally, he's a big Stevie Wonder fan and is especially fond of Wonder's work on his early album Innervisions. Marvin Gaye's record What's Going On also exerted influence on his career.
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Adam Ant released three solo albums in the '80s, two albums in the '90s and one album in the 2000s. They are Friend or Foe ('82), Strip (83), Vive Le Rock ('85), Manner & Physique ('90), Wonderful ('95) and Adam Ant is The Blueblack Hussar in Marrying The Gunner's Daughter ('13).
What is Adam Ant like in concert?
Adam Ant is known for his showmanship and sense of theatricality. The techno drumbeats and the guitar riffs set the tone for his show and have been a staple of his music since the early days. He also sings songs that made him famous, like "Room at the Top." He is described by concert-goers as a "flamboyantly confident" performer.
What event made Adam Ant's career early on?
He credits an appearance on Top of the Pops as the event that changed his life. Leading up to that TV gig, he played concerts in more than 100 clubs before getting his TV break.
Has he ever contributed music to movie or TV scores?
Yes, Adam Ant has either appeared on or wrote for the following TV series and movies: The Umbrella Academy, Dare to Be Different, Ant-Man, Top of the Pops: The Story of 1980, This Morning, Chuck, 20 to 1, Dancing with the Stars, Gossip Girl, Entourage, Blonde Ambition, Marie Antoinette, That '80s Show, Drop Dead Rock, American Bandstand, Saturday Night Live and Metropolis.