Desperate But Not Serious

Album: Friend Or Foe (1982)
Charted: 33 66
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Songfacts®:

  • In his autobiography, Adam Ant said "Desperate But Not Serious" was banned by children's television because of the line "Mr Pressman with your penknife always asking about my sex life", adding "Well, that and a vampire kiss in the video".

    Co-written with his former Adam & the Ants bandmate and songwriting partner Marco Pirroni, it was released in the UK November 19, 1982 on the CBS label backed by "Why Do Girls Love Horses?"
  • The limited edition picture disc had photos on the front and back by Allan Ballard. The song was also the fourth track on the Friend Or Foe album, and runs to 4 minutes 12 seconds. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 1st 1983, Adam Ant performed "Desperate But Not Serious" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Two months later on March 6th, 1983 the song entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #86; and two weeks later on March 20th, 1983 it peaked at #66 {for 1 week}...
    On the same 'Bandstand' show he also performed "Goody Two Shoes"; and at the time it was at #25, then six weeks later it peaked at #12 for three weeks...
    Adam Ant, born Stuart Leslie Goddard, celebrated his 60th birthday just under two months ago on November 3rd {2014}.
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