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Adam Ant
"Friend Or Foe"

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Year of Release: 1982

track listing
  • Friend Or Foe
  • Something Girls
  • Place In The Country
  • Desperate But Not Serious
  • Here Comes The Grump
  • Hello I Love You
  • Goody Two Shoes
  • Crackpot History And
    The Right To Lie
  • Made Of Money
  • Cajun Twisters
  • Try This For Sighs
  • Man Called Marco

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    "Friend Or Foe"

    Adam Ant's most memorable (and probably his only) hit was the catchy "Goody Two Shoes." It was from his original 1982 album, Friend Or Foe. His real name is Stuard Leslie Goddard; he would change his name to Adam (being the first man) and Ant (as he referred to them as "resilent little buggers.") He started his band, Adam and the Ants in 1977, and remained together until 1982. He then pursued a solo career. Friend Or Foe became his first solo release.

    To categorize the music from Friend Or Foe -- Punk (being his previous band was). But as you listen throughout, it would really be considered as New Wave, even Glitter Rock, or more referred to as Glam Pop. Where there is definitely some Pop flavors, this album has its comparisons to those who were labeled as Glam/New Wave: T. Rex, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, The Cure, and Billy Idol.

    The title track has it's Pop Punk, as Billy Idol would come to mind. Then there's the Cure'ish "Something Girls," as The Cure would be heavily compared to other tracks. Also compared on this song are T. Rex, and even Iggy Pop. "Place In The Country" has it's comparison to the big hit "Goody Two Shoes," yet it has a more Punkish style, that of Iggy Pop's.

    The rest of the album has it's New Wave/Pop/Glam, as the band The Cure would be the best comparison. Especially on Ant's remake of The Doors' "Hello,I Love You," which the Cure also covered. Also comparied to the Cure is "Here Comes The Grump." The remaining tracks: "Desperate But Not Serious," (Pop/New Wave), and New Wave gets the nod on "Crackpot History And The Right To Lie," "Made Of Money," "Cajun Twisters," and "Try This For Thighs." The last track is eerie Pop, "Man Named Marco."

    Pop Glam/New Wave was a whole new sound in the late 1970s. Adam & The Ants was one of those bands in that era. They recorded three albums (1979-1981). Adam Ant pursued his solo career afterwards. "Goody Two Shoes" was really a more Pop-sounding hit, rather than Punk/New Wave. It was catchy, it fitted the music coming ahead in the 1980s decade. His solo career continued throughout the next thirty years, having albums released after Friend Or Foe in 1983, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2013, and 2016. He has also pursued an acting career. From the the 1980s to the 1990s, he has appeared on stage in England, American television shows, such as The Equalizer, Sledge Hammer, Tales From The Crypt, and Northern Exposure. On these TV shows, his character would be that as a rock musician. He has appeared in films: Normads, Sunset Heat, Love Bites and Slam Dance. In Hollywood, he appeared in a wide range of productions and shows, about rock n roll legends: Gene Vincent, and Eddie Cochran.

    Musically, Adam Ant may not have had as many hits, but he has been keeping himself busy since. "Goody Two Shoes" would be the song everyone would remember him by. Yet on Friend Or Foe, there are some good songs here. "Hello, I Love You" is a good cover, and although it is compared to The Cure's version, Adam Ant's version is just as good. The remaining tracks fit the Pop/New Wave/Punk, and they are recorded as good. Yet "Goody Two Shoes" is the favorite, and "Hello, I Love You" gets the runner-up.

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