Tuesday, April 26, 2011

30 Songs, 30 Days (2009 Edition), Day Nineteen: Apollo Nine by Adam Ant

To file under Shoulda Coulda Been Bigger....one Adam Ant.

Oh, yeah, I know he was bigger in England, where his original group Adam and The Ants spearheaded the 'New Romantic' movement that gave us such stalwarts of 80's New Wave as Duran Duran, ABC and Culture Club. And I know that he actually had something of a major hit here in the states with "Goody Two Shoes," thanks partially to a video featuring the absolutely stunning Caroline Munro and her skunk patch...

....I loves me some Caroline Munro....this is Caroline Munro.

....but Stuart Leslie Goddard did have a career beyond the album Friend or Foe, although the underperformance of follow up albums Strip, Viva Le Rock and Manners and Physique. This is a single from Viva Le Rock, and I just love it. I mean, just get a load of that drum line, will you? The song, like many of Mr. Goddard's work, is fairly simplistic--it boils down to 'Hey, my gal left me, so I left the planet,' but that wonderfully martial sounding drumbeat, popping guitars and the insanely earworm-y chorus just makes for a truly compelling pop song.

Here is the video....

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