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Adam Ant

  • British musician
  • Born November 3, 1954

Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard; 3 November 1954) is an English singer and musician. He gained popularity as the lead singer of new wave group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist, scoring 10 UK top ten hits from 1980 to 1983, including three UK No. 1 singles. He has also worked as an actor, appearing in over two dozen films and television episodes from 1985 to 2003. Since 2010, Ant has undertaken an intense reactivation of his musical career, performing live regularly in his hometown of London and beyond, recording and releasing a new album and completing six full-length UK national tours, four US national tours, and two Australian tours and with a fifth US tour scheduled and a further album completed and awaiting release.


I got a little house in East L.A. and did the gardening. I was doing some acting here and there, doing my own thing... getting back to reality.




Men look like pandas when they try and put make-up on.




Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It's the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.




I'm blind without my glasses.




I really knew I wanted to be Adam, because Adam was the first man. Ant I chose because, if there's a nuclear explosion, the ants will survive.




Bipolar disorder, manic depression, depression, black dog, whatever you want to call it, is inherent in our society. It's a product of stress and in my case over-work.




Achievement results from work realizing ambition.




I want to do a make-up line for men.




I feel very grateful to be alive and well enough to make music.




I just think, certainly for live music it should look as good as it sounds.




The brain isn't like the heart. They learned how to transplant a heart. The brain is more complex.




To me, style is consistency.




I've been told I sold 110m albums and singles. If that's the case, I should've come here in a space rocket.




I am quite an early riser - I usually get up between 5.30 and 6am and take the dogs out.




I have suffered from depression for most of my life. It is an illness.




Bad things happen sometimes.




It may be a coincidence, but from the minute I took anti-depressants, I didn't pick up a guitar or a pen for seven years.




It's good to play 100 per cent live - no tricks, no samples, no messing about.




I wanted to make good records. But my problem is I've got a low boredom threshold, so I wanted it to look and sound different with each album, which is really tantamount to suicide, cause people lose it, they lose it - they say: 'I like that, and that's not this.'




Antidepressants are very good, but it's a clinical cosh, really. Sometimes you have to be knocked out, just to stop; when you're in that state all you want to do is just sleep, and rest your body and your brain.




I like being infamous. I think it is safe being a cult.




People tend to keep their distance.




People weren't buying as many records. My record company did not want me. I went through three record companies, went on tour at the wrong time. It destroyed me.




I think what's going on with gorillas is pretty bad. The fact is that you can buy gorilla meat in London any day you want it.




If you make a mistake, you should enjoy it.




My daughter's the greatest thing that's happened to me in my life and she turned me into a more responsible man, as opposed to just someone who's a perpetual teenager, thinking you're a man when you're not.




I have loved eight women in my life. I remember every woman's face.




Depression is something that doesn't just go away. It's just... there and you deal with it. It's like... malaria or something. Maybe it won't be cured, but you've got to take the medication you're prescribed, and you stay out of situations that are going to trigger it.




Creative people are more prone to depression.




When I was on a major label I felt obliged to say yes to every interview, tour and whatever else. The label is always telling you, 'This ain't going to last,' so I worked myself half to death. I learnt from that and I like to pace myself now.



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