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I want those who get to know me. To become admirers or my enemies.

Friend Or Foe is the debut studio album by Adam Ant, released in 1982. It is his most successful solo album to date. Though he left his former band, Ants guitarist Marco Pirroni continued to collaborate, co-producing and providing guitar.


Side One

  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" (2:37)

Side Two

  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)


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  • Alliterative Title: "Friend or Foe", "Made of Money" and "Man Called Marco".
  • Blatant Lies: "Crackpot History And The Right To Lie", where Ant lists a series of lies people tell each other
    People lie, people hurt, like to read their Sunday dirt
    So every Jekyll needs a Hyde to blame the business on
    (...) Every rebel that I've met say they're going to die and yet
    I see them now and they ain't dead yet and pushing 41
  • Country Matters: "Place In The Country"
    All I thought I wanted was a front door
    All I thought I wanted was a place in the country
    Now I realize I wanted so much more
    Some I love but you I adore
  • Cover Version: "Hello I Love You", originally by The Doors.
  • Death by Sex: "Here Comes The Grump"
    Doctors said: "Adam, sex kills"
    So come inside, come inside, come inside, come inside
    Come inside and die
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  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Something Girls"
    Every girl is a something girl
    Every girl is a something girl
    Every girl is a something girl
    She's got something, she's got something
  • Face on the Cover: A close-up of Adam's face.
  • Fade Out: "Good Sex Rumples the Clothing", "Something Girls", "Desperate But Not Serious", "Here Comes The Grump", "Hello, I Love You", "Made Of Money" and "Try This For Sighs" (played with; the music fades out but the singing and drumsticks do not).
  • Hot Librarian: The journalist in the music video for "Goody Two Shoes." Complete with the glasses-off, hair-down, top-button bit at the end.
  • Intercourse with You:
    • "Good Sex Rumples The Clothing"
    If it's bad for you then do it
    And if it's good then stay away
    Good sex hurts
    Bad sex flirts
    Good sex rumples the clothing
    • "Here Comes The Grump"
    In the night when things go bump
    Think of me, think of me (here comes the grump)
  • One-Man Song: "Man Called Marco".
  • Pun-Based Title: "Try This For Sighs"
  • Shout-Out: "Crackpot History And The Right To Lie" name-drops Liza Minnelli and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
  • Title Track: "Friend Of Foe", though the title is not mentioned in the lyrics.


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