In 1995, a good 12 years after his last decent hit, Adam Ant made a return to pop with a beautiful song called Wonderful. I've never really tired of this song over the years - I love how pure the vocal is on much of it (mixed with his more classic yelpy voice). It's such a sweet track and yet kind of dysfunctional, with references to domestic violence and shrink-speak ("tired of packaging the anger").
While Adam was known more for his face, fashion sense, humor and cocky sexuality - is that enough attributes? - he actually has a fantastic singing voice that he could do almost anything with. At about 3:20 on the Wonderful MP3 (below), the song starts to ramp up into layers of prettiness - the deep vocals on the "Did I tell you you're wonderful?" bit at 3:38 are swoon inducing.
The album of the same name is also quite good and can be bought for a song on Amazon Marketplace UK and US. You can get the it on iTunes as well. If you want just a track or two, I also recommend the epic power ballad Angel.
Adam, who is now 53 years old (!), has not recorded in years, which is sad. His biography, Stand And Deliver, is out in paperback on September 7 in the UK. Around the same date last fall, Adam signed the hardcover in London and here are some pics. He looked pretty good! His album Friend Or Foe beats down most of the pop/indie pop music being produced today. Sometimes I get snotty with myself and think, "Today kids have Fall Out Boy..we had Adam And The Ants."
...and of course, Adam has a myspace