Brick by Brick

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Brick by Brick
Studio album by Iggy Pop
Released June 1990
Recorded February 15 - March 23, 1990 Oceanway and Hollywood Sound
Genre Rock and roll, hard rock, punk rock
Length 54:09
Label Virgin
Producer Don Was
Iggy Pop chronology
Instinct
(1988)
Brick by Brick
(1990)
American Caesar
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Brick by Brick is an album released in June 1990 by the American singer Iggy Pop. After attracting mixed reviews for much of his 1980s output, Pop hired longtime Stooges fan Don Was as producer, who would later produce Avenue B, and opted for a hard-rock sound. Many songs on the album incorporate a lyrical theme of the United States facing dangers of cultural decay and implosion. Slash and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses fame were featured on the album as songwriters and performers. The cover was drawn by American cartoonist Charles Burns. The album's personnel includes studio musicians Waddy Wachtel and Kenny Aronoff. The album is the first studio album that features Pop contributing guitar. He plays a majority of the guitar parts along with Wachtel and Slash.

The album gave Pop some of his strongest reviews since his David Bowie collaborations, and "Candy", with the B-52's vocalist Kate Pierson, became his first MTV hit. The video for the song found fairly heavy rotation on that station. Videos were also made for "Home", "Butt Town" and "Livin' On the Edge of the Night".

The album peaked at number 90 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the charts for 45 weeks. The song "Livin' On the Edge of the Night" was released before the album as a soundtrack for the hit movie Black Rain starring Michael Douglas and Andy García. The song reached number 16 on Modern Rock Tracks. "Candy" reached number 30 on Mainstream Rock Tracks, number 5 on Modern Rock Tracks and number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. The first single from the album, "Home", reached number 2 on Modern Rock Tracks.

Brick by Brick became Iggy's first RIAA certified gold album with more than 500,000 copies sold. After completing the album, Iggy conducted a successful world tour; his 1991 performance in Paris was recorded and later released on DVD. Several famous fans appeared on stage with Iggy during the tour, including longtime fan Johnny Depp.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Iggy Pop, except where noted

  1. "Home" – 4:00
  2. "Main Street Eyes" – 3:41
  3. "I Won't Crap Out" – 4:02
  4. "Candy" – 4:13
  5. "Butt Town" – 3:34
  6. "The Undefeated" – 5:05
  7. "Moonlight Lady" – 3:30
  8. "Something Wild" (John Hiatt) – 4:01
  9. "Neon Forest" – 7:05
  10. "Starry Night" – 4:05
  11. "Pussy Power" – 2:47
  12. "My Baby Wants to Rock and Roll" (lyrics: Pop, music: Slash) – 4:46
  13. "Brick by Brick" – 3:30
  14. "Livin' on the Edge of the Night" (Jay Rifkin) – 3:38

Alternate Versions[edit]

  • "Pussy Power" (Acoustic Demo Version Released On "Candy" Single) - 2:38
  • "My Baby Wants To Rock N' Roll" (Acoustic Demo Version Released On "Candy" Single)
  • "The Undefeated" (Acoustic Demo Version Released On "Candy" & "The Undefeated" Singles) - 3:37
  • "Butt Town" (Acoustic Demo Version Released On "Candy" Single)
  • "L.A. Blues" (Acoustic Demo Version Released On "The Undefeated" Single) - 2:21
  • "Brick By Brick" (Acoustic Demo Version Released On "The Undefeated" Single) - 3:32
  • "Livin' on the Edge of the Night" (Remix) - 3:11

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