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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.In November 1981, Adam & the Ants released another highly successful album, Prince Charming. 1 singles – "Stand and Deliver" and the title track "Prince Charming" – as well as the No. This trio of singles was promoted by some of the most lavish music videos of the period and paved the way for Adam Ant's later acting career.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.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.Indeed, between December 1982 and February 1995, Ant's only public live concerts outside North America were the four aforementioned UK/Spanish shows, Live Aid, In 1990, Ant returned with Manners & Physique, a collaboration with André Cymone, a solo artist and an early member of Prince's band.The album was another moderate success, and featured the single Room at the Top, which was a Top 20 hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
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.He resumed the US tour, completed on at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas, Texas.that formed the basis of Ant's second solo album Strip.Later Adam seemed to have reconciled with the fact. I might have had a broken heart at the time, but Malcolm didn't leave me with nothing. This [debut album Dirk Wears White Sox] is the kind of esoteric stuff you do when you've done eight albums, you're living on a yacht, and you can do what you want'," he remembered later.
A new version of Adam and the Ants was formed with Marco Pirroni (guitar), Kevin Mooney (bass guitar), and two drummers, Terry Lee Miall and Chris Hughes (ex-Dalek I Love You), who used the name "Merrick".The band signed a major label deal with CBS Records and recorded Kings of the Wild Frontier during the summer of 1980.