Friend Or Foe Original recording remastered
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|7. Goody Two Shoes|
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|10. Cajun Twisters|
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|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)|
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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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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".
When I went to Coachella in like 04 I saw the lead singer of Queens of the Stone Age in his side project (what I was told anyway) Desert Sessions, and they played a song with three drummers pounding out a tribal beat in one of their songs.
I just kept thinking about how the drums were used just like that, but twenty years before, by Adam.
In all of his albums the drums are a focal point that drive the song, more so than maybe they should be. But it works. The catchy horns and vocals are there too... they add so so much to every single song. This album, in my opinion is not as good as Prince Charming, but those drums...those drums, they're there and with every album I buy, newer or later, are present and beautiful.
When u listen you can hear the beats pounding and thats the signiture sound that should be associated with Adam, and/or the Ants, great sound. Its rough and good stuff.
If I had a kid who wanted to play drums I would make him listen to all Adam stuff and tell him to pound out the jam just like in the Adam and the Ants albums. Along with the tribal paint Adam really created a persona of his music and created a feeling that really wasn't and still cant be matched to this day. Buy this album and Prince Charming, you should be happy with your Antmusic collection at that point. Then keep searching for the relentless pounding tribal drums in all music and you'll see/hear it.