Wonderful was Adam Ant's fifth (official, without the Ants) and final solo album. The album topped at #143 on the Billboard 200 chart. Released in 1995, the title track was a successful single, as was a tour of the U.S. in support of the album. While Ant and his group (which retained longtime guitarist Pirroni) played in smaller venues than they had played in the 1980s, the houses were often packed with enthusiastic fans. The tour was curtailed, however, when Ant and Pirroni both contracted a respiratory illness.
Gone are the tribal rhythms, the warpaint and other signature antmusic motifs. Instead Adam shows off a mature AOR sound that is rather enjoyable and Wonderful is a most excellent song. In early 2002, Ant was charged with threatening members of the public with an imitation firearm in a London pub. The court also ordered that he undertake rehabilitation, although he was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder (manic depression).Since the 2002 incident, Ant has occasionally been featured in news stories surrounding potential projects and his medical condition. A television special entitled The Madness of Prince Charming was aired in the UK in 2003 documenting his career and his struggle with mental illness. Hopefully Adam can get his bipolar disorder under control and think about recording some new material with Marco. Rumours have been floating around that new material has been worked on and there may be an album in the future. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.
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