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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.Read more ›
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.
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One of my favorite all time songs "Goody Two Shoes" is on this album, with alternate versions! God bless!Published 22 hours ago by Hobson Elders
This is a real good album. I couldn't report the name of a bad song on it. Having the additional demo tracks for a few tunes is a genuine bonus. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thingfish33
Terrific album! Glad I bought it...again! However...when it arrived the jewel box was broken and the disc loose. I will let you know if the disc was scratched.Published 4 months ago by Obsessive Cat Disorder
I've a soft spot in my head for this album. Terrific rhythms.Published 6 months ago by Kurk Schoner
Wonderful album with a bunch of neat added material at the end the vinyl did not have.Published 16 months ago by Susan W. Hawn