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Marco Francesco Andrea Pirroni (born 27 April 1959, London, England) 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.
Born in Archway, he lived with his Italian parents in Camden Town until 15 years old, when they moved to Harrow. He attended art school briefly but truanted to hang out at Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's famous boutique SEX in the King's Road.
A lynchpin of the UK punk scene, Pirroni's first appearance on stage was with Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was their début gig and at 1976's 100 Club Punk Festival, with Pirroni on guitar and Sid Vicious on drums.
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 then teamed up with then cult punk outfit – Adam and the Ants – in 1980 and within a year the band was on the brink of worldwide acclaim.
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 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) .
When Adam and 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 Awards 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 Ant 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 US and Top 20 in the UK in 1990, plus a further Top 40 hits in the UK and the US in 1995.
In early 1987, Marco Pirroni featured on Sinéad O'Connor's début album The Lion and the Cobra. Then in 1990 he worked with her again, on her second album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. In 1994 he worked with her to record her fourth album, Universal Mother. He co-wrote and played guitar on a number of tracks on her latest album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, released in March 2012.