Marco Pirroni

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Marco Pirroni
Birth nameMarco Francesco Andrea Pirroni
Born (1959-04-27) 27 April 1959 (age 61)
OriginCamden Town, North London, England
GenresNew wave, post-punk, punk rock
Years active1976–present
Associated actsAdam and the Ants, Adam Ant, Rema Rema, The Wolfmen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Slits, Spear of Destiny

Marco Francesco Andrea Pirroni (born 27 April 1959, London, England)[1] frequently credited simply as Marco,[2][3] is an English guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He has worked with Adam Ant, Sinéad O'Connor, Siouxsie and the Banshees and many others from the late 1970s to the present day.[4]


Born in Archway, he lived with his Italian parents in Camden Town until 15 years old, when they moved to Manor Road, Harrow. He briefly attended art school.[citation needed]

Siouxsie and the Banshees[edit]

A linchpin of the UK punk scene, Pirroni's first appearance on stage was with Siouxsie and the Banshees in their début gig, at 1976's 100 Club Punk Festival. Future Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious was on drums.[5]

Short-lived bands[edit]

Pirroni then formed the Models (who recorded the single "Freeze" in 1977), and then Rema-Rema, whose "Wheel in the Roses" EP appeared on the 4AD record label the following year. In those days he formed part of Cowboys International, but it was for a short time. He teamed up with Adam and the Ants in 1980.[citation needed]

Adam Ant[edit]

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 and 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).[citation needed]

When Adam and the Ants disbanded in 1982, Pirroni was retained as Adam Ant's co-writer; they produced another number-one single ("Goody Two Shoes") and an album (Friend or Foe), followed by nine more Top 20 hits. Ant and Pirroni won two shared Ivor Novello Awards for "Stand and Deliver". [6]

Pirroni and Ant working together sold more than eighteen million records worldwide, scoring number ones in Australia, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Israel and Japan as well as in the UK.[citation needed]

Sinéad O'Connor[edit]

In early 1987, Marco Pirroni featured on Sinéad O'Connor's début album The Lion and the Cobra. He subsequently worked on her albums I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got and Universal Mother. He co-wrote and played guitar on a number of tracks on her album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, released in March 2012.[citation needed]

Recent years[edit]

The 21st century has seen Pirroni increasingly cited as an authority on the punk movement, both on record and in print. Having consulted on two major compilations, Punk and Dread Meets The Punk Rockers Uptown, he released the SEX: Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die and Biba: Champagne and Novocaine on his own label, Only Lovers Left Alive.

He played on The Slits' EP Revenge of the Killer Slits in 2006. He was until recently a member of The Wolfmen with Chris Constantinou. They released one EP, several singles, written music for television advertisements and released a début album, entitled Modernity Killed Every Night. The Wolfmen released their second album, Prisoners of Sodomy in 2011.

Pirroni collaborated with UK band Bald Headcount on their album Lullabies for Dogs in 2013, receiving co-writing and production credits. He had previously worked on the band's 2002 début album It's a Business Doing Pleasure With You.[citation needed]

After living in London's Marylebone for several years, Pirroni relocated to north Derbyshire in 2013.[citation needed]


With Adam and the Ants

With Adam Ant

With Sinéad O'Connor

With Spear of Destiny

With The Slits

  • Revenge of the Killer Slits (2006)

With The Wolfmen

  • Modernity Killed Every Night (2008)
  • Prisoners of Sodomy (2011)

With Department S

  • "Wonderful Day"
  • "Is Vic There (Slight return)"


  1. ^ "a b o u t : m a r c o p i r r o n i". Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  2. ^ Credits, Kings Of The Wild Frontier album, CBS 1980
  3. ^ Credits, Prince Charming album, CBS 1981
  4. ^ Corner, Lena. "How We Met: Siobhan Fahey & Marco Pirroni". The Independent.
  5. ^ Johns, Brian (1989). Entranced: the Siouxsie and the Banshees story. Omnibus Press. p. 10. ISBN 0-7119-1773-6.
  6. ^ "1982 Winners". Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2016.

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Preceded by
Matthew Ashman
Adam and the Ants lead guitarist
1980 - 1982
Succeeded by
Cha Burns
Preceded by
Cha Burns
Adam Ant lead guitarist
1984 - 2010
Succeeded by
Will Crewdson