Stuart Leslie Goddard, Stuart Goddard
Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard) began his music career in 1976 in London during the Punk movement where he fronted Adam and the Ants. The band found success in the early 1980s, scoring eight top 20 hits in the UK (one of which almost reached the top 40 in the US).
In 1982, Ant went solo, later giving the reason that the band was ‘exhausted’, and gained international success with his first two solo albums, with several singles (including"Goody Two Shoes", “Friend Or Foe” and “Puss ‘N Boots”) reaching the top 30 in several countries.
His third album Vive Le Rock was less successful than his previous two. Aside from its first single “Apollo 9” doing well in the UK, the album made little impact otherwise. Ant’s participation in the international event Live Aid was reduced to performing one song, leading him to later call it “a big fucking mistake” and “the end of rock and roll”.