From Abba and The Sweet to Blondie, from Bon Jovi to Prince and Madonna, my first proper fan experience was with Adam and the Ants.
From that first appearance on Top of the Pops singing "Dog Eat Dog", the Ants captured me as a 12 year old boy with their look, sound and originality.
This was going to be my first taste of fandom, I was hooked. I bought magazines and the back catalogue of music, anything about this new refreshing, exciting band.
Rockers mocked Adam, punks said he sold out, but there was something unique about this guy. Everything he said and did had teenagers, parents and grandparents keen to take him as an excellent role model.
My collection of Ant memorabilia and music still make me smile, as it takes me back to a good time in my life. I had no worries, life was free and the future looked bright.
Adam's music was for me fun and honest, although in hindsight there were hidden messages of regret, despair and anger behind the smiles. These only came to my notice when reading his recent autobiography which made me respect him even more.
Adam Ant is unique, through all of his trauma and pain and even the stealing of his first band by Malcolm McLaren he has fought back to do what he loves best, the music.
Sell out tours followed and it is clear there are still hordes of fans out there for the Antman. Rumours of a new album have been around for a couple of years supposedly entitled, "Bravest Of The Brave" and we wait eagerly for this to appear.
Antpeople will always hold him in high esteem, a quiet genius with a vision who became an idol to millions. Now he is a happy human being again and should be given respect for setting the platform for the 80s, a decade of the best music, video and artists of all time.