Friend or Foe (album)

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Friend or Foe
Adam Ant - Friend or Foe.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 26, 1982
StudioTownhouse Studios, London
GenreNew wave
ProducerAdam Ant, Marco Pirroni
Adam Ant chronology
Friend or Foe
Singles from Friend or Foe
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB–[2]
Smash Hits7/10 stars[3]
Trouser Pressfavourable[4]

Friend or Foe is the debut solo album by Adam Ant, released in July 1982 by Columbia Records. The album peaked at number 5 in the UK, Adam Ant's highest charting solo album.


Following the disbandment of the successful Adam and the Ants earlier in 1982, Adam Ant began a solo career, with fellow 'Ant', guitarist and songwriter Marco Pirroni.

Like their previous band, who had achieved in two years, 7 top 10 hits (2 at No.1), in the UK Singles chart and the best-selling album of 1980 (Kings of the Wild Frontier) Ant's debut single "Goody Two-Shoes", was a smash hit. The single reached No.1 in the UK and Australia in June 1982, and No.12 in the US, (Ant's 1st US hit single). "Friend or Foe" the single, was released 1 month prior to the album in September 1982 and was another top 10 hit in the UK, making it to No. 9.

The album Friend or Foe, was released in October 1982 and reached No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 16 on the US Billboard Album Chart, becoming Adam Ant's most successful solo album, and was certified Gold by the BPI for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.[5] In addition to "Goody Two-Shoes" & "Friend or Foe", the album included another hit single: and "Desperate But Not Serious" (UK No. 33 / US No. 66).

A remastered version of the album was released in 2005, featuring twelve additional tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni, except "Hello, I Love You", written by Jim Morrison.

Side A
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" (originally recorded by The Doors)2:37
Side B
1."Goody Two Shoes"3:28
2."Crackpot History and the Right to Lie"2:44
3."Made of Money"3:28
4."Cajun Twisters"2:56
5."Try This for Sighs"3:03
6."Man Called Marco"3:27


  • Adam Ant – vocals, bass guitar, production
  • Marco Pirroni – guitar, production
  • Bogdan Wiczling – drums, percussion
  • Martin Drover – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jeff Daly – saxophone
  • Jude Kelly - vocals on "Desperate But Not Serious"
  • Sam Brown, Sonia Jones, Vicki Brown - backing vocals on "Hello I Love You"
  • Alan Douglas - engineer
  • Allan Ballard - front cover photography

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
October 1982 UK Albums Chart 5
October 1982 US Albums Chart 16
Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Goody Two Shoes" UK Singles Chart 1
1982 "Friend or Foe" UK Singles Chart 9
1982 "Desperate But Not Serious" UK Singles Chart 33


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Friend or Foe – Adam Ant | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Adam Ant". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  3. ^ Hepworth, David (26 July 1982). "Album Reviews". Smash Hits. Vol. 4 no. 21. EMAP Metro. p. 23.
  4. ^ Young, Jon; Lewis, Kate; Rompers, Terry. " :: Adam Ant". Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  5. ^ BPI online database Archived 15 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine.

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