Friend or Foe (album)

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Friend or Foe
Adam Ant - Friend or Foe.jpg
Studio album by Adam Ant
Released October 1982
Genre New wave
Length 39:44
Label CBS
Producer Adam Ant, Marco Pirroni
Adam Ant chronology
Friend or Foe
Singles from Friend or Foe
  1. "Goody Two-Shoes"
  2. "Friend or Foe"
  3. "Desperate But Not Serious"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B–[2]

Friend or Foe is the debut solo album by Adam Ant, released in October 1982 by record label CBS following the disbandment of Adam and the Ants earlier in the year.


Friend or Foe was released in October 1982. It reached No. 5 in the UK Albums Chart, becoming Adam Ant's most successful solo album. It features the hit single "Goody Two-Shoes", which peaked at No. 1 on the UK charts and at No. 12 in the USA. Along with the innovative video, the song made him a crossover (over the Atlantic) star. Two more singles were released: "Desperate But Not Serious" (UK No. 33) and "Friend or Foe" (No. 9).

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

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni, except "Hello, I love You", written by The Doors

Side A
No. Title Length
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" (The Doors cover) 2:37
Side B
No. Title Length
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

Chart positions[edit]

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


  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. 

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