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Friend Or Foe Import

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2008 jewel case pressing of the digitally remastered and expanded edition of Adam's hit album, originally released in 1982, including 12 bonus tracks. Friend Or Foe was Adam's first 'solo' album after ditching his Ants, although he retained the services of guitarist and songwriting partner Marco Pirroni. Features the hit singles 'Goody Two Shoes', 'Friend Or Foe' and 'Desperate But Not Serious'. Sony/BMG.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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 Mix]
  14. Coup d'Etat [Original Album Outtake]
  15. Goody Two Shoes [Chris Hughes Single Mix][#][Demo Version]
  16. Here Comes the Grump [Original Album Outtake][#][Demo Version]
  17. Little Italy [#][Demo Version]
  18. Made of Money [#][Demo Version]
  19. Place in the Country [#][Demo Version]
  20. And So You Shall [#][Demo Version]
  21. Yellowbeard [#][Demo Version]
  22. I Know They Know [#][Demo Version]
  23. Gargoyles Are Go [#][Demo Version]
  24. Good Sex Rumples the Clothing [#]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 2009)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • ASIN: B001J0PMDA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By JOHN KASHNER on 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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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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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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All the Adam Ant (or Adam and the Ants) albums that I have are all vinyl. I may be stupid but I feel that somehow at least I get the original intent of Adam Ant's music. I've read some mostly good and some bad about Ant music on this site. I didnt grow up listening to Adam (that I can recall).. my first was Prince Charming two years ago.. And I'll tell you from this listeners viewpoint, being a D'n'B fan, he has the best drums of all time.

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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