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Friend Or Foe [Original recording remastered]

Adam and the Ants Audio CD
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1. Friend Or Foe
2. Something Girls
3. Place In The Country
4. Desperate But Not Serious
5. Here Comes The Grump
6. Hello I Love You
7. Goody Two Shoes
8. Crackpot History And The Right To Lie
9. Made Of Money
10. Cajun Twisters
11. Try This For Sighs
12. Man Called Marco
13. Goody Two Shoes (Chris Hughes Single Version) (Bonus Track)
14. Coup D'Etat (Unreleased Album Track) (Bonus Track)
15. Goody Two Shoes (Demo Version) (Bonus Track)
16. Here Comes The Grump (Instrumental Demo) (Bonus Track)
17. Little Italy (Demo Version Of Man Called Marco) (Bonus Track)
18. Maid Of Money (Adam On Drums Demo) (Bonus Track)
19. Place In The Country (Adam On Drums Demo) (Bonus Track)
20. And So You Shall (Unreleased Demo Track) (Bonus Track)
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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

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'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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars the only way is Down.... May 6 2004
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After the incredible British sucess of Adam and the Ants, Adam wisely decided to sack the band and continue as a solo artist. In my opinion he had ( no pun intended ) painted himself into a corner with the whole Prince Charming character and the music that went with it. ( The Prince Charming album itself, save for the single Stand and Deliver, was crap. ) When he released Friend or Foe , created with the help of longtime writing partner and guitarist Marco Pironni, it brought him a whole new audience ( namely America ) and a hit single "Goody Two Shoes", although to many fans it ( the single ) seemed mere novelty. However, the whole of Friend or Foe is actually quite good. The only song I personally don't think works is a cover of the Doors' "Hello, I Love You". I really like the songs "Here Comes the Grump" and the title track especially, as the lyrics deal with Adam's reaction to sudden hysterical fame, and how he perceived it and those around him who would latch on because of his fame. "Here Comes the Grump" contains the line I like most - "when you get a number one the only way is down", which is refreshingly honest and incredibly self aware, considering what eventually happened to Adam's career. "Desperate But Not Serious" is quite fun too, its lyrics containing a jab at the press who are only interested in his sex life. Many artists have tried, to varying degrees of success, to write about how fame changes their lives, and how it might have been a mistake to pursue fame ( most notably, Madonna lately seems terribly caught up in that - see her American Life cd, if you can stand the slight, hookless tunes, and read the lyrics if you want a recent example ). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars like jazz Feb. 28 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This is like a jazz album. Think about it. Ignore A.A.'s voice through a few listens. Musicians -> Play the parts without the vocals a few times. Punk and jazz meet here for Ant. And if push does come to a shove and you don't like it try Tina Marie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Clever Nov. 12 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Everybody knows Goody Two Shoes. That song became a staple of 80's music. And it is a great song. But not the best song on this cd. The whole cd is brilliant, but my favorite song is Here Comes The Grump. Its beautiful. And very sad. Man Called Marco was written for Marco Pirroni, by Adam and Marco. The only words are spoken by Marco himself and he says "Hello. My name is Marco. Allow me to introduce my Firebird 7." Otherwise it is all instrumental and sort of "Pink Floyd-ish" in it's sound. Try This For Sighs is really [good]. I could go on and on. This cd is very quirky, upbeat, ... different....all the things that Adam himself represent. Give it a try. You won't regret it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a big bore you pop stars are! March 12 2005
By JOHN KASHNER - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What can I say. A classic! Adam, in my book, was and always will be to me, the quintessential entertainer. He came along and gave the music scene much needed style and flair. His musical style and witty lyrics from Dirk Wears White Socks on through Vive Le Rock, was, for me, inspirational and inspiring. I was 16 when Friend or Foe came out and it quite literally changed my life. It made me take a look at myself and gave me the attitude of "take it up or leave it". The standout tracks for me are: Friend or Foe, Something Girls, Place in the Country, Goody Two Shoes, Crackpot History..., Made of Money, Try this for sighs. Fresh music, clever lyrics. Adam was my generations Elvis. "People lie people hurt, like to read their Sunday dirt. So every Jeckyll needs a Hyde to blame the business on" Great line! Most of his albums have just recently been remastered. Dirk, kings and Prince Charming are available now and Friend or Foe, Strip and Vive Le Rock are being released April 4, 2005. I recommend getting these as there are loads of extras on them. "Antmusic for Sexpeople! Sexmusic for Antpeople! You might not like it now but you will" I could go on and on but i'll stop now. Enjoy!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little justice for Adam Ant. March 17 2000
By Jason Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Most people today don't remember Adam Ant. Those of us who do seem only to remember "Goody Two Shoes." He was/is more than that. In fact, all of Adams' cds have something memorable about them. I chose Friend or Foe to review because I think it's arguably his best cd. It has the hit "Goody Two Shoes" on it but it also contains non-hits such as "Friend or Foe", "Desperate But Not Serious", "Crack Pot History and the Right to Lie", "Cajun Twisters" and "Place in the Country." 12 solid tracks all together. Prince Charming is also very good, and so is most of his early work. 1995's Wonderful is a fine example of what Adam Ant can do. But, start with Friend or Foe. It's relentlessly frenetic. Definitely upbeat, with an emphasis on BEAT. The music on this disc isn't like anything you'll hear on the radio these days. A must have for any rock collector.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He can never disappoint me!!! July 27 2005
By D. Bortnik - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It is my opinion that this is his best album. My favorite song of his has always been Desperate But Not Serious. Adam is the KING!!!! Do yourself a favor, BUY IT! Thank you Adam for being one of the greatest entertainers of all time. WE LOVE YOU!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitve issue of Adam's finest album... April 23 2006
By Bill Wikstrom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are very few albums that I can hear over and over. This record is one of them. Adam got everything right on this one.

The songwriting and arrangements are perfect (and rocking, fun and lively). And they perfectly suit Adam's lyrics, hang-ups and swagger. He's the ultimate showman/bandleader on Friend Or Foe

which contains loads of perfectly arranged horns, BIG drums as per usual and great vocal arrangements to boot.

Friend Or Foe is his first album minus the Ants and the first where he receives credit for playing all the bass (something he did on the "Kings" and "Prince" LPs but credited them to Mooney and Tibbs, respectively). He's also is a pretty good rhythm guitarist and certainly knows how to use his voice (something never before fully displayed in the Ants).

The Songs? Ahh, the songs. Friend or Foe contains his best batch of consistantly enjoyable songs (cohesively sequenced as well).

The songs are alternately moody - the perfect "Desperate But Not Serious", "Here Come The Grump" - a song with an unwitting reference to AIDS (lines include "doctors say sex kills" and "come inside and die") and "Friend Or Foe" and UP.

The perfectly swinging songs "Goody Two Shoes", "Place In The Country" , "Try This For Sighs", "Something Girls" and "Made Of Money" all make for a perfect soundtrack to an old-school swinging dance party. Way before the mid 90's swing revival mind you. There's also it's share of interesting songs "Man Called Marco" (which sounds like a theme to a spooky horror film that never was), "Crackpot History And The Right To Lie" the fine album outtake "Coup D'Etat" and the weirdly sexy and danceable "Cajun Twisters".

The remastered cd has twelve(!) bonus tracks. Nine of which are rough home demos and are all in all pretty interesting. There's also the single version of "Goody Two Shoes" which is great and features Chris Hughes (aka Merrick) drumming and producing. There's also the excellent album outtake "Coup D'Etat" and "Good Sex Rumples The Clothing" which came out of the same sessions as "Juanito The Bandito" and "Why Do Girls Love Horses" and sounds it and has a great guitar part too.

Weird thing is is that many lyrics on the album deal with Adam's critics and they all responded with rave reviews for this record. Rightfully so as this is one of Adam's finest albums (if not his best).

The album also produced two American hits in "Goody Two Shoes" and "Desperate But Not Serious".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! June 21 2002
By The Groove - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Oh, how I long for the glory years of the 1980s. I have to admit that, for about a good 9 months, I was a big time fan of Adam Ant, and to this day I still listen to this disc (I still have the vinyl album, as worn out as it is). Having reached his peak in popularity after "Prince Charming," Ant gripes about the trials and tribulations of fame throughout his solo debut. The title track has Ant declaring rather defensively, "Nobody's perfect/so leave me if you object." He lashes out at intrusive journalists in "Desperate, but Not Serious." Also, he disses a materialistic girlfriend in the catchy "Made of Money." But Adam doesn't complain thoughout the album, mind you. "Place in the Country" is classic antmusic: tribal drums, twangy guitar, and playfully silly lyrics. And his American hit, the rockabilly-esque "Goody Two Shoes," has lost none of its luster. In the title track, Ant says, "I want those who get to know me/to become admirers or my enemies." After listening to this album, he's made me an admirer, no doubt!
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