It was Bristol, UK, 1981. I was a shy, fifteen-year old, greasy-haired school girl sitting in the lounge area of the Robin Cousins Sports Centre. This school sports outing was supposed to encourage us to use the centre's sports equipment and to play squash: but the lounge had a jukebox, so it was cool.
Some of my classmates had money to put in the jukebox. That's when I first heard the now very familiar dueling-drumsticks intro to Ant Music by Adam and the Ants.
For a short time, Adam and the Ants were all over the charts. Catchy songs, with a great beat from two drummers. Frilly shirts, tight trousers, and Adam Ant's trademark white-striped face and eyeliner. He couldn't go wrong.
Adam Ant (real name Stuart Goddard) kept himself busy over the years with solo projects and collaborations, as well as many acting roles for TV and films. Diagnosed with bi-polar disorder at 21, he also had a long battle with its symptoms, and while medicated, spent many years out of the limelight.
However, these days he is in great shape and since March 2010 he has been very busy. He set up a new label called, Blueblack Hussar Records and returned to his live music roots. Over 2010 and 2011 he toured around the UK to great reviews with his band, The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse.
It would seem that at 57 years old, this charismatic king of the wild frontier has still 'got it' and his live shows sound amazing. The band plays a good mix of very old songs that the crowd absolutely go bonkers for, some covers, and a new song or two. His voice and stage presence are still fantastic.
You can catch Adam Ant and The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse's Australian tour at the following venues:
If you'd like to know more about this unique and interesting man, he has a 2006 autobiography called Stand and Deliver.
His new album should be available in June 2012, it is awkwardly titled, Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunners Daughter. There is also a documentary in the works titled The Blueblack Hussar, filmed in 2011 that follows his work on the new album and his tour of the UK.
I saw Adam Ant when he performed at Festival Hall in Brisbane in 1980 (?) -- I know, I'm showing my age. I also went to the Park Royal Hotel early the following morning and got autographs from him and the rest of the band. My signed program is still a treasured souvenir and, to this day, I've never seen a man more handsome than he was back then. Maybe I'll have to get along for old time's sake...