Adam and The Ants were a British rock band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The original group, which existed from 1977 to 1980, became notable as a cult band marking the transition from the late-1970s punk rock era to the post-punk and New Wave era. By the end of 1979, this early line-up featured musicians Dave Barbarossa, Matthew Ashman and Leigh Gorman – all of whom would later leave the band on 26 January 1980, at the suggestion of then-de facto manager Malcolm McLaren, to form the instrumentalist personnel of Bow Wow Wow. The second incarnation of Adam and the Ants – which featured guitarist Marco Pirroni and drummer/record producer Chris Hughes – existed from about February 1980 to January 1982 and achieved major commercial success in the UK as early leaders of the burgeoning New Romantic movement there. Both versions of the band were led by singer and chief songwriter Adam Ant.
Prior to the Ants, Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard) played bass in pub rock group Bazooka Joe, now primarily known as the band that headlined when the Sex Pistols played their first concert on 6 November 1975 at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. After witnessing this,