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By all rights, the Motor City madman should have graduated from being the punk to being the godfather decades ago. But rather than rest on his laurels, the progenitor of rock as contact sport has continued to thrash along, melding brain and brawn into a visceral hybrid that's virtually peerless in these post-postmodern times. After pausing to ponder his mortality on the mostly acoustic Avenue B, Iggy is once again defying it on this tough-talking, hard-rocking set, which comes as close to his Stooges days as anything he's done in years. From the stripped-down snarl of "Jerk" on which he calls out a predator with the temerity to hit on his date to the hypnotic ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
By all rights, the Motor City madman should have graduated from being the punk to being the godfather decades ago. But rather than rest on his laurels, the progenitor of rock as contact sport has continued to thrash along, melding brain and brawn into a visceral hybrid that's virtually peerless in these post-postmodern times. After pausing to ponder his mortality on the mostly acoustic Avenue B, Iggy is once again defying it on this tough-talking, hard-rocking set, which comes as close to his Stooges days as anything he's done in years. From the stripped-down snarl of "Jerk" on which he calls out a predator with the temerity to hit on his date to the hypnotic three-chord throb of the 12-minute "V.I.P.," Beat 'em Up is Iggy at his most primal. It's evident that he's pissed off -- at both the people he has to work with who get skewered in the smirking "Weasels" and the landscape that threatens to close in on him the topic of the anti-Los Angeles screed "Mask". His bandmates offer plenty of well-muscled support without ever threatening to seize the spotlight from the Ig, although there's more than enough thump in the grooves to crack weaker crania like so many piƱatas. File this one under: All Killer, No Filler.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Love it or hate it, Beat Em Up is inarguably one of the most appropriate titles Iggy Pop attached to an album in years; after an ill-advised detour into something resembling jazz on 1999's Avenue B, Iggy shifted gears again and served up his most physically punishing album since American Caesar in 1993. Beat Em Up starts out promisingly enough with "Mask," a hyperinsistent three-chord blast that, with its energetic riffing and manic vocals, sounds more like a prime Stooges number than anything he's cooked up in ages. But about halfway through the song, Iggy launches into a hysterical tirade against a number of cultural abuses common to modern-day America, and for every moment that he hits a nail on the head "Irony in place of balls/Balls in place of brains/Brains in place of soul" there's at least one or two bits you can only hope he's joking "Junkie frat boys in their shorts!". And that pretty much sets the tone for the album; when Whitey Kirst's guitar isn't trying to split the difference between Ron Asheton-esque groove and speed metal shred, Iggy is ranting about one thing or another that annoys him until he sounds like a cross between Dennis Miller and the wino on the corner who yells at you when you won't give him a dollar. There are a few numbers where this all falls into place, and "Weasels" and "Ugliness" rock hard enough that you can forgive them when they start to go silly. But it's both ironic and appropriate that the most effective track on the album is the one that rocks the least -- "V.I.P.," six and a half minutes of slow vamp in which Iggy offers a hilarious stream-of-consciousness monologue about the joys of abusing your fame, which is funny and makes its points well at the same time. Beat Em Up takes an approach not dissimilar to what Iggy was reaching for on Brick by Brick and American Caesar, but where he sounded intelligent and thoughtful on those albums, on Beat Em Up, he sounds a like a crank who doesn't always realize he's being funny, and "V.I.P." suggests if he's going to go this route, he's best off directly aiming for laughs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2001
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724381057421
  • Catalog Number: 810574

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mask (2:53)
  2. 2 L.O.S.T. (3:24)
  3. 3 Howl (5:05)
  4. 4 Foot Ball (3:52)
  5. 5 Savior (4:37)
  6. 6 Beat Em Up (4:26)
  7. 7 Talking Snake (4:28)
  8. 8 The Jerk (3:44)
  9. 9 Death Is Certain (4:38)
  10. 10 Go For The Throat (3:56)
  11. 11 Weasels (2:59)
  12. 12 Drink New Blood (4:33)
  13. 13 It's All Sh*t (4:57)
  14. 14 Ugliness (5:37)
  15. 15 V.I.P. (13:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Iggy Pop Primary Artist, Vocals
Mooseman Bass
Danny Kadar Theremin
Alex Kirst Drums
Whitey Kirst Guitar
Pete "Damien" Marshall Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Iggy Pop Producer
Danny Kadar Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the best iggy albums ever

    been listening for decades. this one is one of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Iggy's Best!

    This is the heaviest, rawest and angriest Iggy Pop album ever. I love it. Loud guitars, driving bass and clever lyrics make this one a keeper. Not the kind of record your typical 54-year old musician creates. It won't get any airplay, but it's obvious Iggy does not care. He makes music for himself, not what he thinks people want to hear. It really makes up for the somber ''Avenue B''. If you never saw Iggy live you are missing out on what he really is all about - a great entertainer. Catch his tour and buy this CD!

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