American Caesar (album)

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American Caesar
American Caesar (album) cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1993
RecordedOctober 1992-February 1993
StudioKingsway Studio, New Orleans and Bearsville Studios, New York, United States
Genre
Length71:32
LabelVirgin
ProducerMalcolm Burn
Iggy Pop chronology
Brick by Brick
(1990)
American Caesar
(1993)
Naughty Little Doggie
(1996)

American Caesar is the tenth studio album by American rock singer Iggy Pop, released in September 1993 by record label Virgin.

Production[edit]

After the success of Brick by Brick, Pop opted to continue with that album's lyrical themes while toughening up the musical foundation. The album is often considered one of his stronger 1990s albums.[citation needed]

Videos were made for "Wild America" and "Beside You", and the album has a cover of the 1960s standard "Louie Louie" (made famous by The Kingsmen) for which Pop wrote his own set of politically fueled lyrics.

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

The first single from the album, "Wild America", reached number 25 on Modern Rock Tracks on October 16 1993, spending a total of three weeks in the charts.[4] The album was not as commercially successful as its predecessor.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Iggy Pop, except where noted.

  1. "Character" (Pop, Eric Schermerhorn) – 1:07
  2. "Wild America" (Pop, Schermerhorn) – 5:52
  3. "Mixin' the Colors" – 4:49
  4. "Jealousy" – 6:04
  5. "Hate" – 6:56
  6. "It's Our Love" – 4:09
  7. "Plastic & Concrete" – 2:55
  8. "Fuckin' Alone" (Pop, Eric Schermerhorn) – 4:56
  9. "Highway Song" – 3:44
  10. "Beside You" (Steve Jones, Pop) – 4:29
  11. "Sickness" – 3:15
  12. "Boogie Boy" – 4:53
  13. "Perforation Problems" – 3:15
  14. "Social Life" – 4:12
  15. "Louie Louie" (Richard Berry) – 3:47
  16. "Caesar" (Pop, Eric Schermerhorn) – 7:09
  17. "Girls of N.Y." – 4:15

B-sides and alternate versions

  • "Les Amants" (featuring Les Rita Mitsouko; B-Side to "Beside You" single) - 5:16
  • "Louie Louie" (Live; B-Side to "Beside You" single) - 5:32
  • "Beside You" (Acoustic version; B-Side to "Beside You" single) - 3:52
  • "Evil California" (featuring Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet; B-Side to "Beside You" single)
  • "Home" (Live at the Feile Festival Summer 1993; B-Side to "Beside You" single) - 4:10
  • "Mixin' The Colours" (Spanish version; B-Side to "Louie Louie" single) - 4:10
  • "Wild America" (Radio edit)
  • "Credit Card" (B-Side to "Wild America" single) - 2:25
  • "Come Back Tomorrow" (B-Side to "Wild America" single) - 5:08
  • "My Angel" (B-Side to "Wild America" single) - 4:10

Personnel[edit]

  • Iggy Pop - guitar, vocals
  • Eric Schermerhorn - guitar
  • Malcolm Burn - guitar, keyboards, harmonica
  • Hal Cragin - bass
  • Larry Mullins - drums, percussion
  • Jay Joyce - guitar on "Wild America" & "Mixin' The Colours"
  • Bill Dillon - "atmospheric" guitar on "Mixin' The Colours"
  • Darryl Johnson - percussion on "Mixin' The Colours"
  • Henry Rollins - backing vocals on "Wild America"
  • Katell Keineg - backing vocals on "Mixin' The Colours"
  • Lisa Germano - backing vocals on "Beside You"
Technical
  • Mark Howard - recording
  • Trina Shoemaker - engineer
  • Todd Vos - engineer

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[6] none 81,000 [5]*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b American Caesar at AllMusic
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Avenue B Iggy Pop | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  3. ^ Kemp, Mark (July 17, 1997). "American Caesar review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Iggy Pop - Wild America". Billboard.
  5. ^ http://www.infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=5450
  6. ^ "French album certifications – Iggy Pop – American Caesar" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.

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