Spawned from Blitz, punk rock's better dressed off-shoot, Adam Ant was often accused of favoring style over substance by his harshest critics. Others credit him with putting some parody as well as some poof into what had become the lifeless punk scene. Either way, Friend or Foe
, his first solo effort without the Ants did give him the biggest hit of his career, the giddy "Goody Two Shoes." With its not-so-coy "Don't drink/Don't smoke/What do you do?" chorus, the song galloped along thanks to a fine acoustic riff and a swinging bordello trumpet solo. The follow up single, "Desperate but Not Serious" was a bit more brooding, as brooding as Ant could get, but still managed to pack a punch. Along with Kings of the Wild Frontier
and Prince Charming
, this is Ant at his best. While Friend
doesn't have the same tribal urgency that propelled the Ants along, it has a healthy dose of new wave know-how that only Adam himself could stand and deliver. --Steve Gdula
'Friend Or Foe' was originally released in 1982, this remastered reissue features 24 tracks including 12 bonus tracks 'Goody Two Shoes' (Chris Hughes single version), 'Coup D'Etat (previously unreleased), 'Goody Two Shoes' (unreleased demo), 'Here Comes The Grump' (instrumental demo), 'Little Italy' (demo version of 'A Man Called Marco'), 'Made Of Money' (unreleased demo), 'Place In The Country' (unreleased demo), 'And So You Shall' (unreleased demo), 'Yellowbeard' (unreleased demo), 'I Know They Know' (unreleased demo), 'Gargoyles Are Go' (unreleased demo) & 'Good Sex Rumbles The Clothing' (previously unreleased). Columbia. 2005.