The Fundamental Elements of Southtown

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The Fundamental Elements of Southtown
Studio album by P.O.D.
Released August 24, 1999
Recorded February—April 1999 at The Gallery, Sherman Oaks, California; Sparky Dark, Calabasas, California; Mates, North Hollywood, California
Genre Nu metal, rap metal
Length 57:43
Label Atlantic
Producer Howard Benson
P.O.D. chronology
The Warriors EP
The Fundamental Elements of Southtown
Alternative cover
Censored cover.
Singles from The Fundamental Elements of Southtown
  1. "Southtown"
    Released: February 2000
  2. "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)"
    Released: August 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars[2]
HM [3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[4]
Q 3/5 stars[5]

The Fundamental Elements of Southtown is the third studio album, and the major label debut album of Christian metal band P.O.D. released on August 24, 1999. It marks their Atlantic Records debut, and went on to become the band's first platinum album, peaking at No. 51 on the Billboard 200 chart in April 2000.[6] It was the 143rd best-selling album of 2000 in the United States.[7] "Southtown" and "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)" became the album's singles, both of which had music videos which enjoyed notable airplay upon release. The album also includes a cover of U2's "Bullet the Blue Sky".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Greetings" 1:29
2. "Hollywood" (feat. Lisa Papineau) 5:22
3. "Southtown" 4:08
4. "Checkin' Levels" 1:06
5. "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)" 3:24
6. "Lie Down" 5:09
7. "Set Your Eyes to Zion" 4:06
8. "Lo Siento" 0:33
9. "Bullet the Blue Sky" (U2 cover) (featuring Lisa Papineau) 5:18
10. "Psalm 150" 0:55
11. "Image" 3:32
12. "Shouts" 0:55
13. "Tribal" 4:26
14. "Freestyle" 3:57
15. "Follow Me" 3:43
16. "Outkast" ("Outkast" lasts 4:16, Hidden Track "Tambura" begins at 6:22) 9:33


2000 San Diego Music Awards[edit]

  • Album of the Year
  • Song of the Year - "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)"

2001 GMA Dove Awards[edit]

  • Short Form Music Video of the Year - "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)"


Other personnel

Limited Edition Bonus EP[edit]

Limited Edition Bonus EP
EP by P.O.D.
Released August 24, 1999
Genre Rapcore, nu metal
Length 18:51
Label Atlantic
Producer P.O.D.

The Limited Edition Bonus EP was released by P.O.D. as a free CD given away with the purchase of their first mainstream album, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, in 1999. It contained a new version of the song "Draw the Line" (from the album Snuff the Punk) and the demo version of "Lie Down" (on The Fundamental Elements of Southtown). It also has the new track "It's About Time", the instrumental demo "Estrella", the intro "Warriors Come Out to Play...", and a track with "Messages for Your Answering Machine". Because of its limited release, it is now considered a collector's item.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Warriors Come Out to Play..." 0:40
2. "Draw the Line" (Fundamental Version) 3:16
3. "It's About Time" (Demo) 4:13
4. "Lie Down" (Demo) 4:23
5. "Estrella" (Demo) 4:33
6. "Messages for your Answering Machine" 1:42


  1. ^ "The Fundamental Elements of Southtown - P.O.D.". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ "P.O.D. - The Fundamental Elements of Southtown". Cross Rhythms. 
  3. ^ Van Pelt, Doug (September–October 1999). "Album Reviews: P.O.D. the fundamental elements of southtown". HM (79). ISSN 1066-6923. 
  4. ^ "P.O.D., 'The Fundamental Elements of Southtown' Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. 
  5. ^ "POD - Fundamental Elements of Southtown CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  6. ^ "The Fundamental Elements of Southtown - P.O.D. : Awards". AllMusic. 1999-08-17. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  7. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums - 2000 Year End Charts: 141 - 160 | Billboard". Retrieved 3 January 2013.