Marco Pirroni

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Marco Pirroni
Birth nameMarco Francesco Andrea Pirroni
Born (1959-04-27) 27 April 1959 (age 64)
OriginCamden Town, North London, England
GenresNew wave, post-punk, punk rock
Years active1976–present

Marco Francesco Andrea Pirroni (born 27 April 1959, London, England)[1] frequently credited simply as Marco,[2][3] is a British 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]

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]

Adam and the Ants/Adam Ant[edit]

Pirroni was lead guitarist and co-songwriter in the second incarnation of Adam and the Ants, co-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" number 1; "Prince Charming" number 2).[6]

When Adam and the Ants disbanded in 1982, Pirroni was retained as Adam Ant's co-writer and studio guitarist; they produced another number-one single ("Goody Two Shoes") and an album (Friend or Foe), followed by four more Top 20 hits. Ant and Pirroni won two shared Ivor Novello Awards for "Stand and Deliver". [7]

The Wolfmen[edit]

Pirroni was a member of the Wolfmen with Chris Constantinou. They released one EP, several singles, wrote 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.

Personal life[edit]

After living in London's Marylebone for several years, Pirroni relocated to north Derbyshire in 2013.[8]


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)[9]

With The Wolfmen

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

With Department S

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


  1. ^ "about (Marco Pirroni)". Only lovers left alive. Archived from the original on 13 April 2004. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Credits, Kings Of The Wild Frontier album, CBS 1980". Retrieved 15 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Credits, Prince Charming album, CBS 1981". Retrieved 15 March 2023.
  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. ^ "Adam and the Ants | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company".
  7. ^ "1982 Winners". Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison Keep Their Heads Above Ground". LA Weekly. 12 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Revenge of the Killer Slits - The Slits - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 August 2022.

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Preceded by Adam and the Ants lead guitarist
1980 - 1982
Succeeded by
Preceded by Adam Ant lead guitarist
1984 - 2010
Succeeded by