Upbeats and Beatdowns

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Upbeats and Beatdowns
Studio album by Five Iron Frenzy
Released November 29, 1996
Recorded September 2 – 10, 1996
at One Way Studio in Concord, CA
Genre Christian ska
Length 47:25
Label Five Minute Walk/Warner Bros. Records
Producer Masaki Liu
Five Iron Frenzy chronology
It's Funny but Not Very Creative
(1996)It's Funny but Not Very Creative1996
Upbeats and Beatdowns
Our Newest Album Ever!
(1997)Our Newest Album Ever!1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Cornerstone [2]
Cross Rhythms [3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[4]
Real Magazine [5]
YouthWorker [6]

Upbeats and Beatdowns is the first full-length album of the band Five Iron Frenzy. It was originally released independently on November 29, 1996[citation needed] before receiving a national release on April 8, 1997 on Five Minute Walk, under the SaraBellum imprint, with distribution from Warner Bros. Records.


The lyrics were generally received as being "relevant and forceful;"[6] one reviewer commented that the band offered praise and worship "by the pound."[2] The first track, "Old West", begins one of many themes that would reoccour on the band's subsequent releases. The track is critical of the ill treatment of Native Americans in the name of Christ,[7] and the liner notes implore us to learn from the Sand Creek and Meeker Massacres.

According to the Five Iron Frenzy MySpace blog, "Milestone" is often given the title "Nintendo" due to an incorrectly named mp3 distributed on file-sharing networks.

Track listing[edit]

All music written by Scott Kerr and Dennis Culp and all lyrics written by Reese Roper, except where noted otherwise.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Old West"   2:20
2. "Where Zero Meets 15" Kerr 3:04
3. "Cool Enough for You"   3:45
4. "Anthem" Kerr 2:43
5. "Faking Life" lyrics: L. Ortega 2:49
6. "Shut Up"   0:06
7. "Arnold & Willis & Mr. Drummond" Kerr 2:36
8. "I Feel Lucky" Kerr 3:18
9. "Milestone"   3:12
10. "Beautiful America" Culp, Bernstein, Sondheim 3:43
11. "Combat Chuck"   2:09
12. "Amalgamate"   2:58
13. "Everywhere I Go" Kortes 2:16
14. "A Flowery Song"   3:40
15. "Third World Think Tank" Kerr, Hoerig 8:42
16. "Combat Chuck's Call"   1:42
Total length: 47:25


Five Iron Frenzy

Additional personnel

  • Jamie Awbrey – rooster crow on "A Flowery Song"
  • Masaki Liu – producer, mixing, background vocals on "Beautiful America"
  • Edith Bunker – background vocals on "I Feel Lucky"
  • Frank Tate – executive producer


  1. ^ Upbeats and Beatdowns at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Canfield, Dave (1997). "Reviews: Five Iron Frenzy Upbeats & Beatdowns". Cornerstone. 26 (112): 52. ISSN 0275-2743. 
  3. ^ Lobaugh, Rod (June 1997). "Five Iron Frenzy – Upbeats And Beatdowns". Cross Rhythms (39). 
  4. ^ "Five Iron Frenzy, "Upbeats and Beatdowns" Review". Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ http://www.realmagazine.com/new/reviews/fif1.html[dead link]
  6. ^ a b Houge, Ty Chap (March–April 1997). "Tools / Music / Upbeats and Beatdowns". YouthWorker Journal. XIII (4): 66. ISSN 0747-3486. 
  7. ^ Friar, William (November 15, 1997). "Christian rock music spires in popularity". The Austin American-Statesman. pp. E5.