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The band signed a major label deal with CBS Records and recorded Kings of the Wild Frontier during the summer of 1980.That album was an enormous hit in the United Kingdom and the "Antmania" that ensued put the band at the forefront of the New Romantic movement. 2 on the UK singles chart by December 1980, but made it to No. Following the abrupt departure of Mooney in February 1981, the well-known bassist Gary Tibbs, formerly of Roxy Music, joined the band.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. He has also worked as an actor, appearing in over two dozen films and television episodes from 1985 to 2003.After the split, Ant went solo, taking his songwriting partner Pirroni with him.Merrick also briefly stayed aboard as drummer/producer for the UK edition of the first solo hit single "Goody Two Shoes" (which made it to No.
The work schedule Adam Ant imposed upon himself was punishing. When Kings of the Wild Frontier took off, I was halfway through making Prince Charming, and so on, because we had to bring out an album and four singles a year. I split my cartilage in Cleveland doing "Goody Two Shoes", it was my body saying, 'Look, no! I was very, very bad at pacing," he later remembered.Adam Ant approached Malcolm Mc Laren (the manager of The Sex Pistols) and asked him to manage the band.Mc Laren subsequently took the rest of the Ants from the original group when he introduced the singer Annabella Lwin and began the process of honing Bow Wow Wow for chart success. Malcolm tried to see if I could fit into Bow Wow Wow, but I never could've or would've. ' I said: 'I wanna sell millions of records', and he said, 'Well, you're going the wrong way about it.Since starting his course at Hornsey, Goddard had married fellow student Carol Mills, with whom he lived at her parents' residence in Muswell Hill. "I just didn't eat," he has said of this period, "I wasn't attempting to slim, I was attempting to kill myself." Eventually, Goddard took an overdose of all the pills he could find in his mother-in-law's kitchen cabinet. Adam and the Ants started as part of the burgeoning punk rock movement.
After having his stomach pumped, he was sent to Colney Hatch mental hospital in North London, eventually being discharged after 3 months on condition of supervision by Mills. Ant later acted in Derek Jarman's seminal "punk" film Jubilee in 1977, as Adam and the Ants was beginning to gig around London with manager Jordan from the SEX Boutique on Kings Road.
Several songs were recorded, although only two – Miss Thing from the new album and Killer in the Home from Kings of the Wild Frontier – were actually transmitted.