Brick by Brick

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Brick by Brick
Iggy Pop Brick by Brick.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1990
RecordedFebruary 15 – March 23, 1990
  • Ocean Way, Hollywood
  • Hollywood Sound, Hollywood
ProducerDon Was
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Brick by Brick is the ninth studio album by American singer Iggy Pop, released in June 1990 by Virgin Records.

Production and content[edit]

After attracting mixed reviews for much of his 1980s output, Pop hired producer Don Was (a longtime fan of Pop's earlier group The Stooges) Don Was as producer, and opted for a hard rock sound.[1] Many songs on the album incorporate a lyrical theme of the United States facing dangers of cultural decay and implosion.[1] 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.[3] 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. Was would go on to produce Pop's album Avenue B (1999).


The album peaked at number 90 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the charts for 37 weeks.[4] 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.[5] "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.[5]

After completing the album, Pop conducted a successful world tour; his 1991 performance in Paris was recorded and later released on DVD. Several famous fans appeared on stage with Pop during the tour.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Tribune[6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[7]
Rolling Stone[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[9]

The album gave Pop some of his strongest reviews since his David Bowie collaborations,[citation needed] 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".

"Butt Town" received high praise from the MTV animated duo Beavis and Butt-Head; the latter stated, "This song has the best lyrics I've ever heard."

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" (with Kate Pierson of The B-52's) – 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 & Roll" (lyrics: Pop; music: Slash) – 4:46
  13. "Brick by Brick" – 3:30
  14. "Livin' on the Edge of the Night" (Jay Rifkin, Eric Rackin) – 3:38
Alternate versions
  • The 1990 Virgin cassette version of Brick by Brick (7567-91381-4) lacks the song "Livin' on the Edge of the Night".
  • "Pussy Power" (Acoustic demo version released on "Candy" single) – 2:38
  • "My Baby Wants to Rock and 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


  • Iggy Pop – vocals, acoustic guitar (tracks: A2, A3, A5-A7, B1, B3, B6), electric guitar (tracks: A3, A4, B2, B4, B5)
  • Waddy Wachtel – acoustic guitar (tracks: A2, A3, A5, B6), electric guitar (tracks: A2, A4, A6, B2)
  • Charley Drayton – bass (tracks: A2-A4, A6, B1-B3)
  • Chuck Domanico – acoustic bass on "Midnight Lady"
  • Duff McKagan – bass (tracks: A1, A5, B4, B5)
  • Slash – electric guitar (tracks: A1, A5, B4, B5)
  • Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards (tracks: A2, A4, A7, B2, B5, B6); piano on "The Undefeated"; organ on "Starry Night"
  • Kenny Aronoff – drums (tracks: A1-B5)
  • David Lindley – violin, mandolin on "Main Street Eyes"; slide guitar, bouzouki on "I Won't Crap Out" and "Moonlight Lady"; electric guitar, slide guitar on "Starry Night"; saxophone on "My Baby Wants to Rock & Roll"
  • David McMurray – saxophone on "Neon Forest"
  • Kate Pierson – duet on "Candy"
  • John Hiatt – duet on "Something Wild"
  • Ed Cherney – "annoying vocal whine" on "Something Wild"
  • Sweet Pea Atkinson, Sir Harry Bowens, Donald Ray Mitchell – backing vocals on "Neon Forest" and "Starry Night"
  • Alex Brown – backing vocals on "Pussy Power"
  • The Leeching Delinquents (Tom Black, John James, Whitehorn Kirst, Kreg Sludgemottom, Scott Slam, Joe Cooper, Josh Richmond, Paul H. Saylor, Scott Philips, Joel Randell, Darrell Spades, Brian Small, Ewreck Benson, Mickey Finn, Billy Rowe, Man Ray Wheaton, Mike Savage, E. Shepherd Stevenson, Bobby Durango) – backing vocals on "The Undefeated"
  • Scott Hackwith, Dale Lavi – backing vocals


  • Produced by Don Was
  • Ed Cherney – recording, mixing
  • Clark Germain, Dan Bosworth, Eric Rudd, Martin Schmelzle – engineer
  • Mastered by Greg Fulginiti
  • Suchi Asano Osterberg – production coordination
  • Melanie Nissen – art direction
  • Charles Burns – cover illustration


Chart performance for Brick by Brick
Chart (1990) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 81
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[11] 43
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 34
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[13] 19
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 13
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 35
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 50
US Billboard 200[17] 110


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