Candy (Iggy Pop song)

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Single by Iggy Pop
from the album Brick by Brick
Released September 19, 1990
Format CD
Recorded 1990
Genre Rock
Length 4:02 (Single edit)
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Iggy Pop
Producer(s) Don Was
Iggy Pop singles chronology
"Butt Town"
"Butt Town"
Brick by Brick track listing
"I Won't Crap Out"
"Butt Town"
A Million in Prizes: The Anthology track listing
"Well Did You Evah!"

"Candy" is a song from Iggy Pop's ninth solo album, Brick by Brick. A duet with Kate Pierson of The B-52's, it was the album's second single, in September 1990.[1]

It became the biggest mainstream hit of Pop's career, as he reached the US Top 40 for the first and only time.[2] "I've written one good pop song: 'Candy'," he noted. "It's a very decent, proper pop song, but that's as far as that went."[3]

The cover was drawn by American cartoonist Charles Burns.

"Candy" reappeared on the 1996 compilation Nude & Rude: The Best of Iggy Pop and the 2005 two-disc collection, A Million in Prizes: The Anthology.


The initial narrator is a man (Pop) who grieves a lost love.[4] Following the first chorus, the perspective of the woman (Pierson) is heard. She expresses, unbeknownst to the male, that she misses him too.[4] According to Pop, the lyrics refer to a teenage girlfriend, Betsy[5]:

Another interpretation of the song is that the male protagonist sings to a prostitute, who gave him "love for free," while the woman explains that she has grown tired of the men "down on the street", and that she just wants love, not games.[6]


In the United States, "Candy" debuted on November 24, 1990 at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked at number 28 in February 1991[2] and is Pop's only single to appear on the chart.[7] The song was a top five modern rock hit, remaining on the Modern Rock Tracks chart for 17 weeks.[8] It also reached the top 30 of the Album Rock Tracks chart.[8] Elsewhere, the single reached the top 10 in the Netherlands and Australia, peaking at numbers seven and nine, respectively.[9][10] However, it was not as commercially successful in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 67.[11]

In 2008, the song was ranked number seven in's list of the 10 best duets ever, and number 14 in Retrocrush's list of the 25 greatest duets of all time.[12][13]

Track listings[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 28 [2]
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 5 [8]
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks 30 [8]
Dutch Top 40 7 [9]
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 9 [10]
UK Singles Chart 67 [11]

Cover versions[edit]

Killer Barbies version[edit]

Single by Killer Barbies featuring Bela B.
from the album Sin Is In
Released September 30, 2002
Genre Rock and roll, punk rock
Label Drakkar Records
Songwriter(s) Iggy Pop
Producer(s) Uwe Hoffmann
The Killer Barbies singles chronology
"Gente Pez"
"Gente Pez"
Bela B. singles chronology
"You'll Never Walk Alone"
(2002) You'll Never Walk Alone2002
(2002) Candy2002
"Tanzverbot (Schill to Hell)"
(2003) Tanzverbot (Schill to Hell)2003

"Candy" was recorded and released as a single by the Spanish punk band Killer Barbies and German rock musician Bela B. in 2002 on Drakkar Records.

The maxi-CD contains a comic book illustrated by German graphic artist Schwarwel, titled "Tales of the Killer Barbies," in which Bela appears as Count Bela ("Der Graf" or in English, "The Count," a nickname for Bela).

The band's Sin Is In album does not include the single version of the song; however, it does contain a John Fryer remix as well as the music video for "Candy."


Silvia finds a comic book from a stand, where Bela as Count Bela sings to her. She gets hooked on it and sits down to read it. However, her band mates follow her and she has to flee to read the comic book in peace. Later, Count Bela sings in the studio with her. Silvia is also seen as a comic book character.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Candy" feat. Bela B. (Iggy Pop) — 3:59
  2. "Candy" (Spanish version) (Iggy Pop) — 3:57
Comic book version
  1. "Candy" feat. Bela B. (Iggy Pop) — 3:59
  2. "Fui yo" (non-album track) (S. Garcia/A. Dominguez) — 3:29
  3. "Going Wild" (non-album track) (S. Garcia/A. Dominguez) — 3:11
  4. "Candy" (Spanish version) feat. Bela B. (Iggy Pop) — 3:57

Other versions[edit]

  • Heavy metal artist, the Impaler (the lead singer of the S&M band, N2 submission), with singer Cindi St. Germain, recorded a spoken word version of the song for the 1998 tribute album, Pop O.D.: The Songs of Iggy Pop.[14]
  • Polish rock band Hey recorded a live version of the song for their album MTV Unplugged. It was performed by band's female singer Kasia Nosowska and Jacek "Budyń" Szymkiewicz from band Pogodno on male vocals.
  • Czech punk band Tři sestry made cover named "Venda" with their own Czech lyrics. This song is part of 1999 album "Soubor kreténů".
  • Spanish Rock singer Loquillo has also recorded a cover of "Candy" titled "Candy baby". It's included in Loquillo's Compilation album "Rock n' roll star: 30 años" and Kate Pierson's part was sung by Aurora Beltrán, the Tahúres Zurdos' vocalist.


  1. ^ "Candy" - single. Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved on 2009-07-08
  2. ^ a b c Iggy Pop Album & Song Chart History. Retrieved on 2009-07-28.
  3. ^ Graff, Gary (January 2017). "I'll be 75 by the time of my next album…". Classic Rock. No. 231. p. 44. 
  4. ^ a b Billik, Kira L. "Iggy Pop is still angry, but his music is maturing." Associated Press (via the Chicago Tribune) 1990-11-15: 19E.
  5. ^ a b McCoy, Tod. "Godfather of punk goes lyrical." Cox News Service (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 1990-12-08: 13. Retrieved on 2009-07-10.
  6. ^ We assess the best, and worst, all-time musical duets. Retrieved on 2009-07-10.
  7. ^ Artist Chart History - Iggy Pop. Retrieved on 2009-07-08.
  8. ^ a b c d Iggy Pop Charts & Awards. Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved on 2009-07-28.
  9. ^ a b Dutch Top 40 - "Candy". Retrieved on 2009-07-08.
  10. ^ a b Australian Charts - "Candy". Retrieved on 2009-07-08.
  11. ^ a b UK Singles Chart - "Candy". Retrieved on 2009-07-08.
  12. ^ 10 Best Duets Ever: No. 7. Retrieved on 2009-07-10.
  13. ^ The Greatest Duets of All Time. Retrieved on 2009-07-28.
  14. ^ Pop O.D.: The Songs of Iggy Pop - Overview. Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved on 2009-07-10.

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