Though punk rock was a dominating musical force in England during the 1970s with its no-frills approach to songwriting and personal aesthetic, the movement's popularity hit an apex and started to wane by the end of the decade when a flood of new wave and post-punk outfits began to fill the scene. One such artist was a man named Stuart Leslie Goddard who is better known by his moniker, Adam Ant. With a flamboyant style complete with slightly outlandish costumes and constant face paint, he offered the raw music scene synthetic musical flourishes that would go on to make him one of the flag bearers of the new wave movement that dominated England in the early 1980s. He was a main fixture of the mainstream British musical landscape with his group Adam and the Ants, during the band's existence from 1979 to 1980, and has managed to march forth with a respectable solo career since his 1982 debut album, Friend or Foe. As new wave phased out of mainstream music, Adam Ant continued to record and release his signature tunes, including his sixth studio album, 2013's Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter.
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