Beat 'Em Up

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Beat 'Em Up
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 18, 2001
RecordedDecember 2000
StudioHit Factory Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida, United States
ProducerIggy Pop
Iggy Pop chronology
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Beat 'Em Up, is the thirteenth studio album by American rock singer Iggy Pop. Recorded at Hit Factory Criteria studios in Miami Beach, Florida, it is the first Iggy Pop album in which The Trolls were credited. The Trolls were: Iggy Pop, Whitey Kirst, Pete Marshall, Alex Kirst and Lloyd "Mooseman" Roberts.


'Art Collins, Pop's manager, said of the album: "I'm not saying this is another Raw Power, but if Raw Power is a true Iggy album, then this is another true Iggy album". He added there would be some "ranting on the album, some humor, some rock on it."[1] The album was self-produced.


The album was released on June 18, 2001, and included as an unmentioned bonus the song acknowledged as "Sterility" on tour playlists,[1] featured right after "VIP".

Reception and aftermath[edit]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]
Blistering5/5 stars[4]

Pitchfork was largely dismissive of the record, proclaiming its content "third-rate bar band stuff".[5]


"Mask" was included on the compilation A Million in Prizes: The Anthology. The murder by drive-by shooting of bassist Lloyd 'Mooseman' Roberts, a former member of Ice-T's Body Count and a member of The Trolls at the time of his death, postponed plans to tour, though "Mask" was performed to great effect on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Iggy Pop and Whitey Kirst, except where indicated.

  1. "Mask" (Iggy Pop, Lloyd "Mooseman" Roberts, Alex Kirst, Whitey Kirst) - 2:53
  2. "L.O.S.T." - 3:24
  3. "Howl" - 5:05
  4. "Football" - 3:52
  5. "Savior" - 4:37
  6. "Beat 'Em Up" - 4:26
  7. "Talking Snake" - 4:28
  8. "Jerk" - 3:44
  9. "Death is Certain" - 4:38
  10. "Go for the Throat" (Pop, Mooseman, Kirst, Kirst) - 3:56
  11. "Weasels" - 2:59
  12. "Drink New Blood" - 4:33
  13. "It's All Shit" - 4:57
  14. "Ugliness" - 5:37
  15. "V.I.P." (Pop, Mooseman, Kirst, Kirst) - 15:31

B-sides and alternate versions[edit]

  • "Mask" (Single edit) - 2:53


  • Iggy Pop - vocals
The Trolls


  • Danny Kadar - theremin on "L.O.S.T.", mix engineer, mixing
  • Pete Marshall - rhythm guitar on "Ugliness"
  • Todd James - cover illustration

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[6] none 20,200*

*sales figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b "Iggy Pop: Beat Em Up Tour 2001". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Beat 'Em Up by Iggy Pop". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  3. ^ Deming, Mark. "Beat Em Up – Iggy Pop | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic.
  4. ^ Wilson, David L. "Iggy Pop – "Beat 'Em Up" (Virgin)". Blistering. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Pitchfork Media review Archived May 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "French album certifications – Iggy Pop – Beat em up" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.

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