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Adam and the Ants were an English rock band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The group, which lasted from 1977 to 1982, existed in two incarnations, both fronted by Adam Ant. The first, founded in May 1977 and known simply as The Ants until November that year, achieved considerable cult popularity during the transition from the Punk Rock era to the Post Punk and New Wave era, and were noted for their high camp and overtly sexualised stage performances and songs. The final line-up of this first incarnation – Dave Barbarossa, Matthew Ashman and Leigh Gorman – left the band in January 1980 at the suggestion of then-de facto manager Malcolm McLaren, to form the instrumentalist personnel of the controversial Bow Wow Wow.

Band Members[]

  • Adam Ant
  • Andy Warren
  • Paul Flannagan
  • Lester Square
  • Mark Ryan
  • David Barbarossa
  • Johnny Bivouac
  • Matthew Ashman
  • Leigh Gorman
  • Chris 'Merrick' Hughes
  • Terry Lee Miall
  • Marco Pirroni
  • Kevin Mooney
  • Gary Tibbs


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Fall In (1980)