Adam Ant

English musician who gained popularity as the lead singer of New Wave/post-punk group Adam and the Ants Adam Ant

Adam Ant is an English musician who gained popularity as the lead singer of New Wave/post-punk group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist, scoring 10 UK top ten hits between 1980 and 1983, including three No.1s. Ant was also a star in America where he not only scored a string of hit singles and albums, but was once voted sexiest man in America by the viewers of MTV.
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‘Heroic, sexy and a warrior bravado’: how Adam and the Ants redefined pop
Guardian (UK) - over 1 year
They were a riot of makeup, feathers, tribal drums and surf guitars – and, for a spectacular moment, they became the biggest band in the UK. Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni tell the story of their breakthrough On the morning of 17 October 1980, Adam Ant discovered he couldn’t go to the corner shop. Or, at least, he couldn’t go to the corner shop without attracting attention: “[There was] pointing, girls chasing us down the street, and all the rest of it.” He was nearly 27 years old and had become a pop star literally overnight. The previous evening, Adam and the Ants had appeared on Top of the Pops for the first time. Their single, Dog Eat Dog, wasn’t really high enough in the charts to warrant a slot on the biggest pop show on British TV. (It had scraped into the Top 40 at No 37 – a distinct improvement on anything Adam and the Ants had achieved in the previous three years of their career, but hardly a seismic eruption to trouble the artists that hogged the top of charts: the Police, Mad...
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CHILDREN, BEHAVE! Pop Sensation TIFFANY'S Wise Words To Millennials!
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
It's been almost thirty years since Tiffany Renee Darwish, or better known to the public as just Tiffany, covered Tommy James and the Shondells, "I think We're Alone Now" and shot to superstardom, and the tune is still stuck in fans heads and hearts. More popular than even "Call Me Maybe" at the time, Tiffany's catchy chords and raspy voice has resonated deeply with a devoted fan base that spans generations- and if the latest reboots of all things 80's and 90's have proved anything, it's that millennials are loyal fans to the things that warm their nostalgic hearts. With the major anniversary of her first big hit coming up, Tiffany is back on tour with her new album; A Million Miles, and she couldn't be more excited to spend time in the studio, produce- a new experience for her that she's thrilled about- and perform for her fans- which she says is her favorite part of the gig. If there were any doubts to the statement or thoughts that she could be pandering, that is put to ...
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8 Great Things From the '80s That I'm Keeping Alive for My Kids
Huffington Post - about 2 years
I am lucky enough to have grown up in the 1980s, which you may think of as the decade full of things that were over-the-top -- the hair, the fashion, the makeup and the music. But to me all of these things were glorious. My 8- and 10-year-old boys flip through the photo albums of my youth in amazement, seeing examples of my extreme over-the-top-ness in each of the categories mentioned above. Especially the fashion. And the hair. Mainly the hair. And while I may never be able to share with them how awesome hanging outside a Camelot Music store eating a plastic bowl full of nachos could be, there are still a few '80s nuggets from my teenage years we can experience together. Like: 1. Video stores. My first two jobs -- my two favorite jobs -- were at mom-and-pop video stores back in the '80s. Thank God for Movie Madness here in Portland -- the best video store in the world. I would so much rather spend an hour with my kids here, having them pick up DVD (and VHS!) boxes and re...
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Adam Ant pulls out of Bridlington gig
Birdlington Free Pass - about 4 years
Adam Ant has cancelled a concert planned for The Spa Bridlington in March, it has been announced today.
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Adam Ant plans to stand and deliver in Sacramento
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
Adam Ant swashbuckled through MTV’s early days, a randy pirate/dandy highwayman who brought cheek and great cheekbones to videos for songs such as “Stand and Deliver” and “Goody Two Shoes.” British singer Adam Ant pulled out of the music scene in 1995 but is touring in support of his new album’s release.
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Music previews for the week of September 4-10. WEDNESDAY 9/4 MUSICFESTNW: CHVRCHES, DEERHUNTER, JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, & MORE (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Read our guide to MusicfestNW. THURSDAY 9/5 MUSICFESTNW: TYPHOON, BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY, BOB MOULD, & MORE (The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th) Read our guide to MusicfestNW. NW HIP HOP FEST (Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash; Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) It may seem counterintuitive to schedule a music festival the same week as MusicfestNW. Yet NW Hip Hop Fest, now in its third year, does exactly that. This year, the festival takes place at both Kelly's Olympian and the Ash Street Saloon over three nights, featuring densely packed bills of talent at both venues. While most performers are Portland-based, acts from Salem, Spokane, Seattle, and beyond are represented. Highlights include Thursday's Proper Knocks Showcase at the Ash Street featuring Big Bang, ...
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The Face of Mental Illness: Celebrity Edition
Psych Central - over 4 years
Ooooh, I woudn’t want to be in Brian Williams’s shoes right now. Of course, there’d be a lot of room, given he seems to have shoved BOTH his feet in his mouth last Thursday. During what’s probably been the most stigmatizing statement I’ve heard all year, Williams announced that Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who held three women captive for a decade, was “arguably the face of mental illness.” Let’s paint that picture again, just for good measure: Brian Williams told America that Ariel Castro, a man who kidnapped three women and held them captive, raped them, and beat them for 10 years, was “arguably the face of mental illness.” Not just the fact, but arguably the face. I mean, wow. Unsurprisingly, mental health consumers and advocates far and wide are enraged, and rightly so. Williams’s comment adds fuel to the mental health stigma fire we’ve been trying so hard for years to put out. Using his national platform to tell us that Castro represents mental illness was just...
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New Music Venue Alert: Concord Music Hall Opens In August
Huffington Post - over 4 years
With the Congress Theater still out of commission until at least October, Logan Square and Wicker Park residents can instead look to the area's newest venue, Concord Music Hall, for their live music-listening needs. Opening Aug. 1 with a show headlined by Adam Ant, Concord will be taking over the space currently occupied by the club VLive at 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave. (just spitting distance from the embattled Congress). Other acts coming soon include Jimmy Cliff, The Misfits and Less Than Jake. According to the venue's website, Concord is the collective efforts of the Chicago promoters behind Riot Fest, Silver Wrapper, and React Presents, otherwise known as the minds behind North Coast Music Festival, Spring Awakening Fest and the hotly-anticipated Riot Fest. With a capacity that can range from 700 to 1,600 (depending on whether balconies are open), Time Out Chicago reports the space's 20,000 square feet include two levels and five bars. The Tribune's Greg Kot, who w...
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The return of Adam Ant
CNN - over 4 years
80s pop star Adam Ant returns for his biggest tour in 20 years after battling bipolar disorder.
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Adam Ant to play Fremont Theater in SLO
Cal Coast News - over 4 years
By COLIN JONES Eighties new wave icon Adam Ant will make a rare San Luis Obispo appearance when he plays the historic Fremont Theater, on Sept. 18, CalCoastNews has learned. Both as leader of Adam and the Ants and a solo artist, Ant was part of the unique ‘New Romantic’ movement in England with such [...] Related posts: Fleetwood Mac guitarist to headline Fremont Theater show Vina Robles announces inaugural concert series Fremont Theater to reopen on Valentine’s Day
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Man Who Made Your Favorite Songs Reveals His Secrets
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Buoyed by his recent work with Daft Punk and made all the better by his charming disposition, legendary producer and pioneering artist Giorgio Moroder is experiencing quite a career revival. Since appearing on "Random Access Memories" in "Giorgio By Moroder," a spoken word track ("I thought that it could be the sound of the future...") that explodes into a sonic masterpiece. Then he lines up a choice DJ gig (his "live DJ debut") with the Red Bull Music Academy and, as he says in the above lecture, the interviews, production asks and management offers just keep rolling in. It's that lecture -- also given as part of the Red Bull Music Academy -- that's debuting exclusively on HuffPost Entertainment. The two-hour special is a treat for music fans, regardless of how familiar they are with Moroder's work (and with production credits for Donna Summer, David Bowie, Blondie, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Tyler, Freddie Mercury and Oscars for scoring "Midnight Express" and crea...
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Adam Ant bursts back onto the music scene - about 5 years
Feb. 22 - Famed for his outlandish style and classic pop tunes in the 1980s, Adam Ant returns with his first record in 18 years after battling bipolar disorder. Matthew Stock reports.
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Adam Ant delivers first new album in 18 years - about 5 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Flamboyant and wild, Adam Ant stormed the British pop scene in the 1980s dressed as a pirate and highwayman, but crashed out of the music world in 1995, exhausted and battling mental illness.
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Rebecca Walton: Why I Just Want to Give It All Up
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Those of you who know me or have read any of my posts will already be fully aware that I am a mental health campaigner. After suffering with several mental health illnesses myself (including ongoing agoraphobia) and witnessing close friends and family struggle with disorders; I vowed I would help to end the stigma, raise money for awareness and also for more in-depth research. During my time as a campaigner I started to put together a book of stories, pictures and poems from real people suffering with a mental health disorder. I have been crowd funding the book since the beginning of the year but now I just want to give it all up. I want to put down my sword and say 'I can't win this fight any more'. Here is why me and many other campaigners for charities or causes feel like doing just that. 'Not allowed to give to charity' One of the first websites I tried to crowd fund the book on is one of the largest in the World; Kickstarter. I paid for someone to put together a v...
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After 17 Years, Adam Ant Transforms Again
NPR - about 5 years
The flamboyant artist behind "Goody Two Shoes" and "Stand and Deliver" hasn't been seen in the pop world for close to two decades — but he's been busy all along. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Adam Ant squeezes a fuller frame into his highwayman costume as he takes to the stage for tour
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
The 1980s heartthrob is performing a series of shows across Britain as part of his Blueback Hussar Tour.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Adam Ant
  • 2013
    Age 58
    21 January 2013 release date was officially announced by Ant onstage at his September 2012 concert in Chatham by Ant's own record label Blueblack Hussar Records.
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  • 2012
    Age 57
    On New Year's Eve 2012, Ant and his full band appeared on Jools Holland's Hootenanny New Year music show, performing new album track Vince Taylor as well as old hits Stand And Deliver and Antmusic.
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    After six assorted dates around the UK in early July, Ant's next major show was a headline slot at the Silverstone Classic Festival on 21 July followed the next day by an appearance at Rewind in Perth and then at Camp Bestival on 27 July 2012.
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    Ant also played the first full band concert in continental Europe of his 2010s comeback on 24 June 2012 at the Parkpop festival in the Zuiderpark in the Hague, Netherlands, with his set broadcast on Dutch national TV.
    Subsequently, for the second year running, Ant was scheduled to make appearances on the summer festival circuit, interspersed with various one-off dates around the UK. This got off to an early start when Ant stepped in as replacement headliner at the Bearded Theory festival in Derby on 18 May 2012, when the Levellers had to pull out due to one of the band members being injured.
    In mid February, Ant made a warm-up visit to Australia, including an appearance on the Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight show recorded on 13 February 2012 for transmission on 15 February and promotional work in Melbourne and Sydney.
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    An exhibition of photographs of Ant – entitled Adam Ant – Dandy in the Underworld ran from 7 March 2012 to 29 April 2012 at Proud Camden in London, featuring images of Ant throughout his career, including the work of Chris Duffy, Gerard McNamara, Jill Furmanovsky, Denis O'Regan, Chris Cuffaro, Hannah Domagala, Robert Matheu, David Corio and Janette Beckman.
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    A five-date warm-up UK mini tour for Ant and his band nonetheless went ahead for 19–24 January 2012.
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    A few days before the end of the second leg of his UK tour, it was officially announced that Ant would be making his return to the US with a 15 date North American tour in February 2012, starting on 2 February in Ant's former adopted hometown of Los Angeles and running until 25 February in nearby Anaheim.
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  • 2011
    Age 56
    Ant also announced a follow-up UK tour (described as the "second leg" of the 2011 tour), initially scheduled to run for twelve dates from 11 November 2011 in Bristol until 13 December 2011 in Newcastle.
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    The Seaside Tour follow-up to the main UK tour and a warm-up to Ant's appearance at Hard Rock Calling 2011 in Hyde Park on 26 June 2011, third on the bill to Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks before an audience of 45,000.
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    There was only one serious negative onstage incident, at Fat Sam's in Dundee on 21 May 2011 when Ant reacted angrily to some crowd elements who booed his kilt decorated with the St George's Cross.
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    That same day, Ant held a press conference and media preview gig at Under The Bridge in Chelsea at which he formally unveiled plans for an eleven date UK concert tour (as with the Paris concert, the first such event in 16 years) due to run from 16 May to 4 June 2011.
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    On 29 March 2011, BBC Radio 4 transmitted an interview of Ant by John Humphrys for the On the Ropes series in which Ant discussed his bipolar condition and its impact on his career.
    Ant was back playing live two days later on 23 December, when he and Baillee guested onstage at the Christmas party of West Rocks at Shepherds Bar in Shepherds Bush and played live again at Proud, Camden on 5 January 2011 and at Madame Jojo's in Soho on 17 January.
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  • 2010
    Age 55
    On Tuesday 18 May 2010 Adam Ant was returned to psychiatric hospital – in his own words "at Her Majesty's Pleasure" —, albeit in a comfortable regime at a London NHS hospital, where he remained until mid-June, subsequently returning home under outpatient supervision.
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  • 2006
    Age 51
    In September 2006, he published his autobiography, Stand & Deliver.
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  • 2003
    Age 48
    In 2003 the television special entitled The Madness of Prince Charming was aired in the UK in 2003 documenting Ant's career and his struggle with mental illness (he was diagnosed as suffering with bipolar disorder).
    In June 2003, he was arrested again by police after a conflict with a neighbour resulted in him attempting to smash in the neighbour's patio door with a shovel, and then lying down on the concrete floor of a café basement with his trousers pulled down, curling up, and trying to sleep.
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  • 2002
    Age 47
    Ant was poised to join the 1980s-focused Here & Now tour in January 2002, but was unable to do so after he was charged with throwing a car alternator through a pub window and then threatening patrons with an imitation firearm.
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  • 2001
    Age 46
    In 2001, following the 11 September attacks, Ant recorded a charity single for New York firefighters; a double A-side of Neil Diamond's America with an X-rated new song of his own entitled Big Trouble.
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  • 1997
    Age 42
    In 1997, Ant married a 25-year-old PR assistant for Vivienne Westwood.
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  • 1996
    Age 41
    In 1996, Ant and Pirroni recorded two new songs, Lamé and Inseminator, for the soundtrack to Ant's latest film Drop Dead Rock.
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  • 1995
    Age 40
    In 1995, Ant released the album, Wonderful.
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  • 1990
    Age 35
    In 1990, Ant returned with Manners & Physique, a collaboration with André Cymone, a solo artist and an early member of Prince's band.
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  • 1986
    Age 31
    He severed ties with CBS in late 1986, following the release of the Hits audio/VHS compilation.
  • 1985
    Age 30
    Ant paused his career in music at the end of 1985 to focus on his acting career.
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    In July 1985, Ant secured a spot at the Live Aid concert – the first live performance of the "Ant/Marco/Wiczling/De Niro" band – but was asked to cut his set to one song, for which he chose his new single, the Vive le Rock title track Ant later claimed to regret playing the fundraiser, saying, "I was asked by Sir Bob to promote this concert.
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  • 1984
    Age 29
    Ant formally unveiled a new four-piece band at the 1984 Montreux Pop Festival,
  • 1983
    Age 28
    He resumed the US tour, completed on 18 May 1983 at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
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    On the nineteenth tour date on 20 February 1983 in Cleveland, Ohio, Ant suffered a knee injury onstage (a relapse of a previous injury suffered while filming Jubilee in 1977), forcing the postponement and/or cancellation of dates throughout February and March while he recuperated.
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    I split my cartilage in Cleveland doing "Goody Two Shoes", it was my body saying, 'Look, no!' Then I was back onstage doing the Motown 25 1983 show 10 days later, having had the operation.
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  • 1982
    Age 27
    The new band made its debut at London's Astoria Theatre on 1 October 1982.
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    In March 1982, feeling certain band members "lacked enthusiasm" Ant disbanded the group.
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    His debut as a recording artist was the song "Deutscher Girls", which featured on the film's soundtrack, along with "Plastic Surgery" which was performed in the film itself. "Deutscher Girls"/"Plastic Surgery" was re-released as a single in 1982.
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  • 1981
    Age 26
    In November 1981, Adam & the Ants released another highly successful album, Prince Charming.
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  • 1980
    Age 25
    The single 'Antmusic' went to No. 2 on the UK singles chart by December 1980, but made it to No. 1 in the charts in Australia.
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  • 1977
    Age 22
    He dated Amanda Donohoe between 1977 and 1981, Jamie Lee Curtis in 1983 and Heather Graham in the early 1990s.
    Adam and the Ants started as part of the burgeoning punk rock movement. Ant later acted in Derek Jarman's seminal "punk" film Jubilee in 1977, as Adam and the Ants were beginning to gig around London with manager Jordan from the SEX Boutique on Kings Road.
    Upon his discharge from the hospital, Goddard renamed himself Adam Ant (Adam being the first man and Ant because "they are resilient little buggers") with Mills renaming herself Eve. Ant remade connections with fellow former B-Sides Lester Square and Andy Warren and together with drummer Paul Flanagan, they formed Adam and the Ants (initially named just 'The Ants') in 1977, with the inaugural band meeting held in the audience at a Siouxsie and the Banshees performance at the Roxy Club in London's Covent Garden.
  • 1975
    Age 20
    Ant married Carol Mills in 1975, divorcing her shortly after.
  • 1954
    Born on November 3, 1954.
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