Friend or Foe [Bonus Tracks]

Friend or Foe [Bonus Tracks]

by Adam AntAdam Ant


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Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni ditched the rest of the Ants not long after the release of the widely derided Prince Charming, which provided them with the perfect opportunity for a new statement of purpose in the first Ants-less album, 1982's Friend or Foe. They had already begun moving away from Burundi beats and Indians on Prince Charming, but here they ditch any pretense at the underground, favoring big, glitzy glam rock/pop. There's still residual artiness, of course, since Ant and Pirroni are postmodernists who love to paste together seemingly incongruous strands of pop culture in an attempt to craft something new. The difference is, they've wrapped this instinct in big, big production and with cheerful, unabashed pop hooks, best heard on "Place in the Country" and the hits "Friend or Foe," "Desperate But Not Serious," and "Goody Two Shoes," the latter becoming Ant's biggest hit in the U.S. Since these are deliberate pop trifles, several critics laughed off Ant as a silly lightweight, but that's missing the point -- these are intentionally tongue-in-cheek tunes, delivered with an excess of flair and good humor. Though Friend or Foe does lose momentum on the second side, and the cover of the Doors' "Hello, I Love You" falls a little flat, this is good, giddy fun, one of Ant's best records and one of the best new wave albums. [This version of the album includes bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2009
Label: Columbia Europe
UPC: 0886974236528
catalogNumber: 742365
Rank: 23810

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Adam Ant   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Violin,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Marimbas,Stick,Triangle,Vocals
Vicki Brown   Vocals
Jeff Daly   Saxophone
Martin Drover   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Marco Pirroni   Guitar,Percussion,Castanets,Bass Guitar
Sonia Jones Morgan   Vocals
Bogdan Wiczling   Drums,Stick
Sam Leigh Brown   Vocals
Jude Kelly   Vocals
Stuart Monks   Guitar
Sonia Jones   Vocals
Jude Kelly   Vocals

Technical Credits

Adam Ant   Composer,Producer,Brass Arrangment,Cover Design,Audio Production,Cover Art
Doors   Composer
Chris Hughes   Producer,Audio Production
Marco Pirroni   Composer,Producer,Brass Arrangment,Audio Production
Allan Ballard   Cover Photo
Mark Alleyne   Art Direction
Stuart Monks   Equipment Technician
Allan Douglas   Engineer
Alan Douglas   Engineer

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