Beat 'Em Up
|Beat 'Em Up|
|Studio album by Iggy Pop|
|Released||June 18, 2001|
|Recorded||Hit Factory Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida|
|Genre||Hard rock, punk rock|
|Iggy Pop chronology|
Beat 'Em Up, recorded at Hit Factory Criteria studios in Miami Beach, Florida, is the first Iggy Pop album in which The Trolls were credited. The Trolls were: Iggy Pop, Whitey Kirst, Pete Marshall, Alex Kirst and Lloyd 'Mooseman' Roberts.
Beat 'Em Up was the first self-produced album by Iggy Pop. Art Collins, Pop's manager, said on the work: "I'm not saying this is another Raw Power, but if Raw Power is a true Iggy album, then this is another true Iggy album". He added there would be some "ranting on the album, some humor, some rock on it."
The album was released on June 18, 2001, and included as an unmentioned bonus the song acknowledged as "Sterility" on tour playlists, featured right after "VIP". "Sterility" was a rhythmic rant, but not in the aggro-core vein of "Mask", "L.O.S.T", "Howl", or the title track. "Sterility" is about those who do disdain the current landscape of American popular music, and culture, and exemplifies Iggy Pop's ability to contemporize country music, blues and soul. Iggy asks "Where is the soul?" in "Mask", which is complemented in "Sterility" which answers that there isn't a home for the soul, or soul, in contemporary American culture or musics.
Reception and aftermath
"Mask" was included on the compilation A Million in Prizes: The Anthology. The murder by drive-by shooting of bassist Lloyd 'Mooseman' Roberts, a former member of Ice-T's Body Count and a member of The Trolls at the time of his death, postponed plans to tour, though "Mask" was performed to great effect on the Late Show with David Letterman, cementing Iggy's place as a rock favorite for people who disdain the current landscape of American popular music, regardless of genre, and the eventual Spring and Fall Beat 'Em Up tours were well received.
All songs composed by Iggy Pop and Whitey Kirst, except where indicated.
- "Mask" (Iggy Pop, Lloyd "Mooseman" Roberts, Alex Kirst, Whitey Kirst) - 2:53
- "L.O.S.T." - 3:24
- "Howl" - 5:05
- "Football" - 3:52
- "Savior" - 4:37
- "Beat 'Em Up" - 4:26
- "Talking Snake" - 4:28
- "Jerk" - 3:44
- "Death is Certain" - 4:38
- "Go for the Throat" (Pop, Mooseman, Kirst, Kirst) - 3:56
- "Weasels" - 2:59
- "Drink New Blood" - 4:33
- "It's All Shit" - 4:57
- "Ugliness" - 5:37
- "V.I.P." (Pop, Mooseman, Kirst, Kirst) (includes bonus track "Sterility") - 13:11
B-sides and alternate versions
- "Mask" (Single Edit) - 2:53
- Iggy Pop - vocals
- Danny Kadar - theremin on "L.O.S.T.", mix engineer, mixing
- Pete Marshall - rhythm guitar on "Ugliness"
- Todd James - cover illustration