Friend or Foe (album)

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Friend or Foe
Studio album by Adam Ant
Released October 1982
Genre Rock
Length 39:44
Label CBS Records
Producer Adam Ant, Marco Pirroni
Adam Ant chronology
Prince Charming
Friend or Foe
Singles from Friend or Foe
  1. "Goody Two-Shoes"
  2. "Friend or Foe"
  3. "Desperate But Not Serious"

Friend or Foe was the first solo album by Adam Ant, released after Adam and the Ants disbanded in early 1982. Friend or Foe also became Adam Ant's most successful solo album giving him the hit song "Goody Two Shoes" which peaked at No. 1 on the UK charts, and at No. 12 in the USA; along with the innovative video, this made him a crossover (over the Atlantic) star. The traditional Ant sound was augmented by newer, more rockabilly-influenced guitar as well as new beats, such as the Bo Diddley beat on the fan favourite "Place in the Country". Other hits produced from the record were "Desperate But Not Serious" (UK #33) and "Friend or Foe" (UK #9). A remastered version was released in 2005, featuring 12 additional tracks.

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Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni except as noted.

  1. "Friend or Foe" – 3:22
  2. "Something Girls" – 3:52
  3. "Place in the Country" – 2:50
  4. "Desperate But Not Serious" – 4:14
  5. "Here Comes the Grump" – 3:35
  6. "Hello, I Love You" (Jim Morrison/Robby Krieger/Ray Manzarek/John Densmore) – 2:37
  7. "Goody Two Shoes" – 3:28
  8. "Crackpot History and the Right to Lie" – 2:44
  9. "Made of Money" – 3:28
  10. "Cajun Twisters" – 2:56
  11. "Try This for Sighs" – 3:03
  12. "Man Called Marco" – 3:27

Additional tracks on the 2005 remaster[edit]

  1. "Goody Two Shoes" (Chris Hughes Single mix)
  2. "Coup d'Etat" (Original Album Outtake)
  3. "Goody Two Shoes" (Demo version)
  4. "Here Comes the Grump" (Demo version)
  5. "Little Italy" (Demo version)
  6. "Made of Money" (Demo version)
  7. "Place in the Country" (Demo version)
  8. "And So You Shall" (Demo version)
  9. "Yellowbeard" (Demo version)
  10. "I Know They Know" (Demo version)
  11. "Gargoyles Are Go" (Demo version)
  12. "Good Sex Rumples the Clothing" (Unreleased B Side)


  • Adam Ant – Vocals, Bass, Producer, Main Performer
  • Marco Pirroni – Guitars, Producer
  • Bogdan Wiczling - Drums and Percussion
  • Martin Drover - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
  • Jeff Daly - Saxophone

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
October 1982 UK Top 40 Albums #5
Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Goody Two Shoes" UK Top 40 Singles #1
1982 "Friend or Foe" UK Top 40 Singles #9
1982 "Desperate But Not Serious" UK Top 40 Singles #33