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Marco Pirroni

Marco Pirroni (born Marco Francesco Andrea Pirroni 27 April 1959, in Camden Town, London) is an English guitarist. He has worked with Adam Ant, Sinéad O'Connor, Siouxsie Sioux, Sid Vicious and many others in a career spanning the late 1970s to the present day.


Early years

He is the son of italian immigrants.

Siouxsie And The Banshees

A linchpin of the UK punk scene, Pirroni’s first appearance on stage was with Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was their debut gig and at 1976’s 100 Club Punk Festival and the Banshees, with Pirroni on guitar and Sid Vicious on drums.

Short-lived bands

Pirroni then went on to join The Models (who recorded the single, Freeze, in 1977) and then Rema Rema, whose "Wheel in The Roses" EP appeared on the 4 AD record label the following year. In those days he formed part of Cowboys International but it was for short time. He then teamed up with a then little-known punk outfit - Adam & the Ants – in 1980 and within a year the band was on the brink of worldwide acclaim.

Adam Ant

An integral part of the band, Pirroni acted as lead guitarist and co-songwriter, penning two UK Number one singles and a further four Top Ten hits, with Ant. The two albums he co-wrote for Adam & the Ants - Kings of the Wild Frontier and Prince Charming – both made the Top 10 in the UK Albums Chart ("Kings" #1; "Prince Charming" #2) .

When the Ants disbanded in 1982, Pirroni was retained as Adam Ant’s co-writer and they produced another Number one single ("Goody Two Shoes") and the album (Friend or Foe), followed by nine more Top 20 hits. Adam and Pirroni won two shared Ivor Novello Award, for "Stand and Deliver".

Adam Ant, working with Pirroni left an indelible commercial and creative stamp across the 1980s and pop music in general. Adam sold more than eighteen million records worldwide, scoring Number ones in Australia, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Israel, Japan as well as in the UK. Their partnership's success was not just confined to the 1980s, with Ant's solo hits going Top 10 in the U.S.& Top 20 in the UK in 1990, plus a further Top 40 hits in the UK & US in 1995.

The 1990s saw Pirroni begin to work with other artists as a co-writer and guitarist, most notably with Sinéad O'Connor – scoring a Number one album with I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got and a small string of worldwide hit singles.

The present decade has seen Pirroni increasingly cited as an authority on the punk movement – both on record and in print. Jon Savage's, England's Dreaming. Having consulted on two major compilations Punk and Dread Meets The Punk Rockers Uptown, he released the acclaimed SEX: Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die and Biba: Champagne and Novocaine on his own label, Only Lovers Left Alive.

Marco is currently a member of The Wolfmen with Chris Constantinou. They have released one EP and one single, and written music for television advertisements and are ready to release their debut album, titled Modernity Killed Every Night.


With Adam & The Ants

With Adam Ant

With Sinéad O'Connor'

With The Wolfmen

  • Modernity Killed Every Night (2008)


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