Beat 'Em Up
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Beat 'Em Up by Iggy Pop
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Iggy Pop is back in all his sneering glory. Having gotten the solemn reflections on aging, morality, and lost love of 1999's Avenue B out of his system, this first postmillennial offering returns the Ig to the style of primordial days when he spat out such deconstructed tunes as "No Fun," and "I Wanna Be Your Dog." Here he proudly works his fine-edged sarcasm and formidable (if often overlooked) songwriting skills. In "Mask," he snarls "You're wearing a mask / You look better that way" before collapsing in a comic rage in which he condemns everybody in Los Angeles for "licking ass or having it licked." Never is Iggy so artistically charged as when he has a nemesis, whether it be the "Weasels"--those villains of the music business who are "rewriting rock history," and possess "an office and a chair, nice butts, and silky hair"--or the "Jerk" who has the temerity to hit on his girlfriend. It's gratifying to see that Iggy has finally decided to wrest back his thorny crown from Stooges descendants such as Queens of the Stone Age and the Melvins and pulverize them with his wit, abandon, and sheer fearlessness. --Jaan UhelszkiSee all Editorial Reviews
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I missed this when it first came out. Better late than never. GO FOR THE THROAT,... BEAT 'EM UP, ...LOST and.. MASK are some of the best hard driving Iggy tunes you will ever hear. TALKING SNAKE is an excellent dark and sinister tune. Strong and powerful band and great album.....IGGY.
Nobody coming out now rocks this hard, at least not without sugary hooks or emo-type choruses. It's just so great to hear a rock record with CRUNCH. The rhythm section is just awesome. Interestingly, the bassist is Mooseman, who was in Ice-T's old band Body Count.
If you a curious about Iggy's latter-day output, I would strongly suggest getting something like this over, say, American Caesar.
If you don't feel like screwing when this CD is over, you don't have a pulse.
of his edge. One of the original architects of punk
rock, Iggy Pop brings it all back fresh with a giant
f@#& you to whoever's listening. Although not a wholly
solid album, six of the cuts make up for whatever the
rest of the album lacks. For instance: "Mask", a gritty,
ranting, in-your-f@#&ing face tirade about, well, everyone
that's faking it. From "critics fronting frantically
in New York City" to "everyone in L.A. just plain licking
a#$ or having it licked", this song just flips you the bird
and doesn't get out of your face. Then there's the lamenting
"Football", a sad song about being kicked around. "Go For
the Throat", a totally kick-ass song that speaks for itself,
"Drink New Blood", a merciless criticism of the vampiric
music industry, "Ugliness", and "V.I.P.", a hilarious and
thought-provoking song about the empty irony of fame, are
all first rate cuts. I absolutely recommend this CD - I
first heard it on the jukebox at Toledo Lounge in Adams
Morgan, and I had to have it. Gritty, raw, head-banging fun.