91381-4 Brick By Brick
Produced by Don Was
Released on July 10, 1990
US CHART POSITION #90 . . . UK CHART POSITION #50
Find it at GEMM
91381-4 cover  

I ggy happy ever after? I suppose everyone’s entitled to their own little slice of heaven, and Iggy wants such a skinny slice after all: a home, a mate, some dignity. It’d take a pair of iron balls to even bring up the subject of a sell out, so better to say that Brick By Brick shows a softer side of a typically prickly Iggy Pop. “Moonlight Lady,” “Main Street Eyes” and “Candy” (featuring The B-52’s Kate Pierson doing a very good Belinda Carlisle impersonation) don’t pull any punches at all. Arista must have been kicking themselves for letting him go. Producer Don Was is probably here for the Detroit connection rather than shared musical sympathies, and the pair arrive at a middle ground between polished pop and seamy, straightforward rock. When Iggy bristles over smooth support, Brick By Brick builds toward something good: “Neon Forest,” “Pussy Power,” “Butt Town,” “My Baby Wants To Rock & Roll.” He slips in and out of the world around him, amused by the cartoon excess of celebrity and returning to his core values, but rarely does he muster the old vitriol. So “Starry Night” comes off like a cranky version of David Bowie’s “Tonight,” and “I Won’t Crap Out” dreams of domesticity in the lines “we’ll have a window and we’ll have a door/and a reason to be living for.” Even appearances from GnR’s Slash and Duff McKagan can’t kick the testosterone levels up to where they raged on earlier albums. Coupled with a video for “Candy,” Iggy’s meager legions must have been wondering what the hell was going on. Apparently their icon had finally bought into the American dream, brick by brick. Still, the idea that Iggy had made it this far through the tunnel is a cause for celebration, and both critics and fans found in this effort a rejuvenated idol.

91381-4 booklet sleeve
91381-4 booklet sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. HOME
  2. MAIN STREET EYES
  3. I WON'T CRAP OUT
  4. CANDY
  5. BUTT TOWN
  6. THE UNDEFEATED
  7. MOONLIGHT LADY
  8. SOMETHING WILD    (John Hiatt)
  9. NEON FOREST
  10. STARRY NIGHT
  11. PUSSY POWER
  12. MY BABY WANTS TO ROCK & ROLL    (Iggy Pop/Slash)
  13. BRICK BY BRICK
  14. (*CD bonus track:) LIVIN' ON THE EDGE OF THE NIGHT

    All songs written by Iggy Pop unless noted

CREDITS

IGGY POP -- acoustic & electric guitar, vocals
KENNY ARONOFF -- drums
CHARLEY DRAYTON -- bass
JAMIE MUHOBERAC -- keyboards, piano
WADDY WACHTEL -- acoustic & electric guitar
Sweet Pea Atkinson -- vocals
Sir Harry Bowens -- vocals
Alex Brown -- vocals (11)
Chuck Domanico -- acoustic bass (7)
John Hiatt -- vocals (8)
The Leeching Delinquents -- vocals (6)
David Lindley -- violin, mandolin, electric slide, bouzouki, electric guitar, saxophone
Duff McKagan -- bass
David McMurray -- saxopohone (9)
Donald Ray Mitchell -- vocals
Kate Pierson -- vocals (4)
Slash -- electric guitar
Ed Cherney -- engineer, mixing, annoying vocal whine
Charles Burns -- cover illustration
Michael Levine -- inside photography
Melanie Nissen -- art direction
Steve J. Gerdes -- design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US July 10, 1990 Virgin LP/CD/CS 91381 lyric sleeve, CD incl. extra track
UK July 10, 1990 Virgin LP/CD/CS VUSLP19/86173 lyric sleeve
JPN 1990 Virgin CD VJCP-17539  
NET 2003 EMI 2CD 581 716 repackaged w. AMERICAN CAESAR

 

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