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Friend Or Foe

Adam & The AntsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)


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listen  3. Place In The Country (Album Version) 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Here Comes The Grump (Album Version) 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Goody Two Shoes 3:28$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Crackpot History And The Right To Lie (Album Version) 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Made Of Money (Album Version) 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Cajun Twisters (Album Version) 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025TB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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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
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!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little justice for Adam Ant. March 17, 2000
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He can never disappoint me!!! July 27, 2005
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!!!
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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
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! June 21, 2002
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Production issues
I have always had a problem with this album and Prince Charming: They both seem so tinny and poorly produced to my ears.

This CD release doesn't solve the issue. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian St John
5.0 out of 5 stars I love, love, love this album!!!
This is by far Adam and Ant's best work. This is true 80ies Romantic Rock! Sure brings back great memories.
Published 12 months ago by Lalena Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the 80s
Saw a headline the other day the Adam Ant was back, just released a new album. I'd forgotten how much I loved his music back in the 80s.
Published 14 months ago by John Strebel
4.0 out of 5 stars A friend, not a foe
It is hard to believe that Adam Ant was somewhat controversial way back when this album came out, thanks to his pirates/Indians outfits. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Martin H. Franzen
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice!
I got this Cd today and it waas packaged greatly. The cd is in mint condition but I'll have to get a new case for it since it has a crack on the front. Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Great CD. Bought it to replace my old cassette tape. Loved the tape and love the CD. Perfect if you loved the techno sound of the 80's
Published on September 30, 2010 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars more friend than foe
I have just heard tracks from this album for the first time since i was a teen in the '80s and recalled how much i loved this album. Read more
Published on August 19, 2010 by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE CLASSIC
First and last album I remember listening to(both sides) without having to pick up the record needle to skip tracks...every cut was that good.
Published on February 1, 2009 by Robert F. Petsche
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thing With Two Heads
Adam Ant makes a concept album about schizophrenia, and it's a hoot!

'Friend Or Foe' is a cruelly honest, introspective - but madly entertaining work. Read more
Published on August 14, 2008 by Paul Ess.
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Remaster, Revelatory Demos
OK - so I like Adam Ant. I have since I first heard Dirk Wears White Sox back in college. So I decided to try this out as my first Ant CD (I'd previously just dumped the vinyl to... Read more
Published on September 10, 2007 by Richard L. Jacobs
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