Adam Ant: The flamboyant icon of new wave

With prominent drums and flashy style, Adam Ant had a lot to do with the development of new wave.
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As Adam Ant starts his 2024 tour, let's look at who this artist is: Adam Ant, born Stuart Leslie Goddard on November 3, 1954, is an English singer and musician who rose to prominence as the lead singer of the new wave band Adam and the Ants in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He later pursued a successful solo career. Adam Ant's music often combined elements of punk rock, post-punk, and new wave with catchy melodies and theatrical flair. His distinctive style, both musically and visually, made him a significant figure in the British music scene of the early 1980s.

Some of Adam Ant's most well-known songs include "Stand and Deliver," "Prince Charming," "Goody Two Shoes," and "Antmusic." His songs often featured prominent drum beats, catchy guitar riffs, and Adam Ant's charismatic vocal delivery. In addition to his musical career, Adam Ant is also known for his distinctive fashion sense, which often incorporated elements of pirate and military attire, as well as Native American influences. His bold and flamboyant style made him a fashion icon of the new wave era (like Boy George, but typically with far superior music, in my opinion).

Throughout his career, Adam Ant has experienced both critical acclaim and commercial success, with his song's drum beats being a huge part of his success. However, he also faced personal challenges, including struggles with mental health issues. Despite those challenges, he has continued to make music and perform, maintaining a dedicated fan base.

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Adam Ant remains an influential figure in the history of British music, known for his innovative sound, unique style, and impact on the new wave genre. Given his relatively ordinary origins, Adam Ant somewhat reflects the "Do It Yourself" principles commonly associated with punk rock, and, despite being assocoated primarily with new wave pop, the punk giants known as the Sex Pistols were among his key influences.

Friend or Foe (1982) reached number five on the UK Albums Chart and number 16 on the US Billboard Album Chart, and included the single "Goody Two Shoes." Though sometimes overlooked today, he had 10 UK top ten hits from 1980 to 1983, including three UK No. 1 singles. With new wave acts still going strong, they owe some of their success to Mr. Ant.

Also, maybe it's time to consider adding him (or Adam and the Ants) to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.