Jack FM would like to wish [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Adam Ant[/lastfm] a happy 57th birthday!!

Who knew ants could live that long?!

He was once voted the sexiest man in America by MTV viewers.

Born Stuart Goddard in London in 1954, Adam Ant first rose to prominence as lead singer of the post-punk band [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Adam and the Ants[/lastfm].  But after three albums and two #1 hit singles on the U.K. charts (“Stand and Deliver” and “Prince Charming“), Adam decided to disband the group in March 1982 due to the other members’ lack of enthusiasm.

Seven months later, Adam Ant released his first solo album, Friend or Foe.  With its glitzy glam-pop sound, Friend or Foe is Adam’s most commercially successful album to date.  The single “Goody Two Shoes” was an international smash.  It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and its video made him a star in the U.S.  Other singles from the album included the title track and “Desperate But Not Serious,” which is Jack’s Song of the Day.

Strip, Adam Ant’s second solo album, followed in 1983.  The album was less successful, and the single “Puss ‘n Boots” became Adam’s last Top 10 hit in England.

In the mid ’80s, Adam Ant branched out into acting.  He appeared in several plays and movies, and he also guest-starred on such TV shows as The Equalizer and Sledgehammer.

1995 saw Adam Ant return to the charts with the more mature Wonderful.  The album was a moderate hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and its title track landed in the Top 40 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart.

Adam Ant’s career was derailed, however, in the early 2000s by numerous run-ins with the law.  He was arrested and charged with criminal damage and fighting, and also spent several years in and out of psychiatric hospitals.

In 2006, Adam published his autobiography Stand and Deliver.  He returned to the stage in ’07, performing live for the first time in 11 years at London’s Bloomsbury Theater.  Since then, he has continued touring, and his shows have been enthusiastically well-received by both critics and fans.

Early next year, Adam Ant will release his sixth album, Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar in Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter.  He is currently on tour in Europe.

Check out Adam Ant performing “Vive le Rock” at 1985’s Live Aid concert.  Five years of French class, and Jack FM still has no idea what Vive le Rock means.

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