“Goody Two Shoes ” is a song by Adam Ant ( Stuart Leslie Goddard ), the English singer and musician. Adam became famous as the lead singer of Adam and the Ants, the new wave group.
Adam also found success as a solo artist after the group disbanded. With the Adam and the Ants and as a soloist, Adam had a successful career with singles reaching the top ten in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1983, including three singles that hit the top slot.
He had an equally successful acting career, appearing in both film and television between 1985 and 2003, which included American television shows, The Equalizer, Sledge Hammer!, Tales from the Crypt and Northern Exposure, where he played a rock musician. Film roles included Nomads, Sunset Heat, Love Bites and Slam Dance.
Adam Ant is best known as the front-man for the new wave punk group Adam and the Ants and their two most famous hit singles ” Stand and Deliver ” and ” Prince Charming “, the latter featured Diana Dors in the video. Both singles reached Number One in the United Kingdom. In 2016 Adam performed his Kings of the Wild Frontier Album in its entirety during a UK tour and the following year took it to North America.
” Goody Two Shoes ” was written by Marco Pirroni and Adam Ant. Marco is an English guitarist, songwriter and record producer. Since the late 70s, he has worked with a variety of artists including Sinéad O’Connor, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Spear of Destiny and The Wolfmen. Best known as lead guitarist and co-songwriter for Adam and the Ants, he co-wrote, along with Adam, two UK Number One singles and a further four Top Ten hits. The two Albums he co-wrote for the group were Kings of the Wild Frontier and Prince Charming, both of which made the Top Ten in the UK Albums Chart.
Production for the single was by Adam Ant, Marco Pirroni and Chris Hughes. Chris is a British music producer and former drummer, acoustic guitarist and keyboards player for Adam and the Ants. He is best known as the co-writer of Tears for Fears’ ” Everybody Wants to Rule the World “, a number two hit in April 1985.
The song was released on the 7th of May 1982 by record label CBS ( Sony Music Entertainment ) and was taken from Adam’s debut solo Album, Friend or Foe. The Album, released in October 1982, peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart in the United Kingdom. It sold over 100,000 copies in the UK and was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ). In the United States, it reached a peak of number sixteen on the Billboard 200 Chart. It was to be Adam’s highest charting solo Album in both countries.
Lyrically ” Goody Two Shoes ” is about press intrusion into his clean lifestyle, he didn’t drink, smoke or take drugs. The lifestyle led by Adam left the press to wonder what did he do? They couldn’t understand why such a warpaint wearing showman was teetotal and drug-free. In their book, 1000 UK Number One Hits, Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, quoted Adam as saying. ” ‘ Goody Two Shoes ‘ was a sort of answer back manifesto and just trying to keep things level-headed, because I felt that, and still do, to a degree, that going on stage is creating an illusion. It’s magical and wonderful, and I love doing it, but off stage, there has to be timeout. ”
The accompanying music video was directed by Mike Mansfield and Adam Ant. Mike is a British director who has worked with a diverse range of artists including Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne, The Cure, Kim Wilde, Electric Light Orchestra, Elton John, Bonnie Tyler and The Moody Blues.
The video features Caroline Munro who plays a woman Journalist, Graham Stark who plays the Butler and Dandy Nichols.
Caroline began her acting career in the Hammer Horror film Dracula AD 1972. Graham is best known for his regular performances in the Pink Panther film series. His first role being in 1964 as Hercule Lajoy, Inspector Clouseau’s stonefaced assistant, in A Shot in the Dark. He was the last known performer to have appeared on the original run of The Goon Show. Dandy Nichols, who plays the cleaner in the video, is best known for appearing in the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part as Alf Garnett’s long-suffering wife, Else.
” Goody Two Shoes ” was a commercial success for Adam Ant. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, spending twenty-one weeks on the chart there. The song also reached number seven on the Billboard Top Tracks chart and number twelve on the Cash Box Chart.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 22nd of May 1982 and reached Number One, the position it held for two weeks. It spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and a total of eleven weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 12
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 16, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 4, Germany (Official German Charts) 5, Ireland (IRMA) 2, Italy (FIMI) 41, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 8, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 13, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 29
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