Ant’s 1980s chart success came as a surprise to some given his Punk Rock pedigree (the Sex Pistols’ first gig, in 1976, was as an opening act for Bazooka Joe, Goddard’s first band), but he was always more of an art-school kid with grand (if sometimes subversive) populist ambitions than an iconoclastic rabble-rouser.
The flamboyant frontman’s current tour is in support of his first new album in 18 years, the verbosely titled Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter, an often unexpectedly lo-fi effort that nonetheless features plenty of Ant’s carnally charged, fetish-indulging lyrics.“I had to coax myself gently back into writing,” the 58-year-old Goddard recently told Esquire. “I had 17 songs at the end of it, all sounding completely different from each other.
… So I started a label to put it out as a double album, with four sides of music to spread it out side to side as opposed to having singles and album tracks. It was very autobiographical, very personal.”
ADAM ANT plays Saturday, Aug. 24 with Prima Donna at Madison Theater in Covington, Ky. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.