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. 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.