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|Brick by Brick|
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||February 15 - March 23, 1990|
|Studio||Oceanway and Hollywood Sound, Hollywood, California|
|Iggy Pop chronology|
Production and content
After attracting mixed reviews for much of his 1980s output, Pop hired longtime Stooges fan Don Was as producer, who would later produce Avenue B, and opted for a hard rock sound. Many songs on the album incorporate a lyrical theme of the United States facing dangers of cultural decay and implosion. 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. 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.
The album peaked at number 90 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the charts for 37 weeks. 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. "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.
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, including longtime fan Johnny Depp.
The album gave Pop some of his strongest reviews since his David Bowie collaborations, 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."
All songs written by Iggy Pop, except where noted.
- "Home" – 4:00
- "Main Street Eyes" – 3:41
- "I Won't Crap Out" – 4:02
- "Candy" (with Kate Pierson of The B-52's) – 4:13
- "Butt Town" – 3:34
- "The Undefeated" – 5:05
- "Moonlight Lady" – 3:30
- "Something Wild" (John Hiatt) – 4:01
- "Neon Forest" – 7:05
- "Starry Night" – 4:05
- "Pussy Power" – 2:47
- "My Baby Wants to Rock & Roll" (lyrics: Pop; music: Slash) – 4:46
- "Brick by Brick" – 3:30
- "Livin' on the Edge of the Night" (Jay Rifkin) – 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, guitar
- Waddy Wachtel - guitar
- Charley Drayton - bass
- Chuck Domanico - bass
- Duff McKagan - bass
- Slash - lead guitar
- Jamie Muhoberac - keyboards
- Kenny Aronoff - drums
- David Lindley - violin, mandolin
- David McMurray - saxophone
- Kate Pierson - duet on "Candy"
- John Hiatt - duet on "Starry Night"
- Scott Hackwith - background vocals
- Sweet Pea Atkinson - background vocals
- Sir Harry Bowens - background vocals
- Alex Brown - background vocals
- Dale Lavi - background vocals
- Ray Mitchell - background vocals
- Produced by Don Was
- Engineered by Ed Cherney
- Mastered by Greg Fulginiti
- Suchi Asano Osterberg - production coordination
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