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American Caesar [Explicit Lyrics]

Iggy Pop Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Sep 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000025I5X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Character
2. Wild America
3. Mixin' The Colors
4. Jealousy
5. Hate
6. It's Our Love
7. Plastic And Concrete
8. Fuckin' Alone
9. Highway Song
10. Beside You
11. Sickness
12. Boogie Boy
13. Perforation Problems
14. Social Life
15. Louie Louie
16. Caesar

Product Description

1 x CD Album
UK & Europe 1993

2Wild America5:52
3Mixin' The Colors4:49
6It's Our Love4:09
7Plastic & Concrete2:55
8F___in' Alone4:56
9Highway Song3:44
10Beside You4:29
12Boogie Boy4:53
13Perforation Problems3:15
14Social Life4:12
15Louie Louie3:47
17Girls Of N.Y.4:16

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully Not The Last Great Iggy Pop Record! 19 Sep 2003
By tigg3r
Format:Audio CD
It kind of amazes me that this album is ten years old now, it still sounds so fresh and convincing!
And unlike anything that's followed it, it only has one duff track on it - Caesar - which is like Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music condensed down to 7 minutes (so even there he must get bonus points for not giving us a whole album of it!!).
On the ample plus side, this album combines some of the best parts of Iggy into one album. We have tracks that could have come from Brick By Brick (Mixin' The Colours, Beside You), tracks that could've come from his 'Berlin' period (Perforation Problems, Jealousy, Girls Of N.Y.), and tracks that can compare to classic Stooges for their primevalness (Wild America, Boogie Boy, and a masterful remake of Louie Louie).
In fact, this album contains so much 'classic' Iggy it could almost past for a 'Best Of' album.
So, please excuse the cliche, but do yourself a favour and buy this album for the best album Iggy's done in the last decade.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely Unsatisfying 15 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
I don't know what it is but I find this album curiously disapointing. For a start it is just too long. Iggy offers us a 17-track double-album of material here but not all of it is up to scratch. 'Character' for example is only 1 minute of guitar plucking with some inaudible vocals and makes for a pointless opener. At the other end of the spectrum 3 of the tracks clock in at 6 or 7 minutes and are just too long. Furthermore, a lot of the rockers are really just standard fare, like 'Wild America', ' Mixin' the Colours', 'Girls of N.Y.' and others. However, there is some good songwriting to be found. 'It's our Love' is a promising ballad but is is spoiled by an echo-heavy production which makes him sound like he is singing in a supermarket garage. So too with 'Highway Song' which takes strong material and manages to make it sound indistinct and muddy. It is only when we get to 'Beside You' that we finally get a well produced single deserving of airplay.

The second half is a lot better than the first. 'Sickness' is a classic Iggy caterwaul. 'Boogie Boy' could have been a Stooges track and 'Perforation Problems' is, for me, the best song of the decade from Iggy with an absolutely killer melody and chorus. 'Louie, Louie' is also a success and Iggy so utterly so owns this cover version - even rewriting the lyrics extensively - that you are amazed he didn't write it himself. In many ways this song has been the theme tune to Iggy's whole life. The title track 'Caesar' is really just improvised lyrics over a guitar loop which is amusing for 5 minutes but is skipped a lot thereafter and another throwaway track finishes things off.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Iggy Pop made an album as good as this?! 29 July 2013
Format:Audio CD
Not that I mean that in a condescending way but I never knew he had it in him, a friend lent me this and it blew me away! Its by no means a work of genius of genre defying its just very very good. An excellent rock n roll record: great songs well played. What more can you want? The quality over 75 minutes is staggering.
The last time I listened it actually occured that this is nearly a concept album with a lot of the songs refelcting emotions or needs:
The need to be a rebel on "Wild America"
Jelousy on er, "Jelousy"
Hate on er, "Hate"
Love on "It's Our Love" (OK it didnt take a cryptographer to work out the themes!) and "Beside You"
The urge to be free on "Highway Song!
The darkness inside "Sickness"
The temptation to give yourself over to the darkness "Perforation Problems"
Not finding a place for yourself "Social Life"
Those times when we get a bit pretentious and full of ourselves "American Caesar".
OK no idea what "Pleastic & Conceret" is about!
Damn-it-all Iggy Pop is distilling the human experience!
Its hard to pick a stand out, it just veers from one excellent song to another, maybe "Beside You" is the most suprising in that I just think "Iggy Pop wrote this?!"
The self indulgent title track aside and the forgettable last track and intro song aside this is just a parade of storming songs. Iggy is in fine voice too: rebellous and arrogant at times but bruised and hurt at other times. His band is on fire and the production is crisp too.
It even has a studio version of his "Louie Louie".
An excellent album, if like me you quite liked his work but doubted he could pull off a masterful solo album (without Bowie of course) then get this!
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a true must 23 Nov 2004
By RX100
Format:Audio CD
this is one of the few albums that introduced iggy's music to me actually, apart from lust for life. it's long, statistically, it indicates that it's satisfying, you always want more, right? iggy's albums share one interesting feature, which is the very appealing final track! ha, regardless the previous tracks on the album, you can always have a beautiful ending. this album sounds like Bowie's outside, in many ways. iggy seemed to put out a rock drama just like bowie used to do.
all the songs are entangled with a heuristic yet clearly-defined theme,ends with a autobiographical monologue with beautiful beautiful guitar background.
just for the amount of effort iggy put in, for the last track, get it. believe me, it's very satisfying.
definitely iggy's second best album immediately after brick by brick.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Document of an Original American Voice 23 Aug 2004
By Gianmarco Manzione - Published on
Format:Audio CD
"Why am I afraid, why am I afraid," Iggy pleads amid the torn maelstrom of sound that is "Hate," easily one of his most distinctive compositions. These songs -- powerfully written and sincerely performed -- are the best Iggy has put to tape since his time with The Stooges. The brilliant Malcom Burn, whose other projects with such acts as Emmylou Harris would suggest that he is the last person expected to work with Iggy Pop, astonishes with the deft hand he displays throughout this masterpiece. Song by song, Burn and Iggy construct a sonic document that echoes not only one man's personal hell, but the true torments of the common man. Like Dylan's equally riveting "Time Out of Mind," "American Caesar" so skillfully walks the line between the private and the public that its harrowing disclosures eliminate that boundary in favor of a lyrical and musical accessibility. More surprisingly, this is done without any compromise of authenticity. From its burst of manic divinity in "Highway Song" and "Boogie Boy" to those softer audible ghosts, "Jealousy" and "F-in' Alone," "American Caesar" solidifies Iggy Pop as one of the most original voices ever to emerge from the American rock scene. While some tracks are more interesting than others, not a single one of them fails to capture the listener's attention. Only the unnecessary cover of "Louie Louie" fails to contribute anything of further value to the album's incredibly varied grab-bag of emotions, moods and confessions. Simply put, Iggy never approached this kind of vulnerability before or after "American Caesar," and the album belongs on every all-time best rock albums list. While I understand that we all come from different musical backgrounds and aesthetical tastes, I have to say that, in this case, rock fans who fail to comprehend this album's flawlessness and power are either not listening or need to check themselves for a pulse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Iggy, Oh Baby 13 Dec 2000
By Richard Harrold - Published on
Format:Audio CD
"Brick By Brick" brought a hard-edged, but highly-polished Iggy. With American Caesar, Iggy gets deliciously raunchy again. Some of my favorite titles on this include "Wild America," a typical Iggy-style anthem to hedonism that does its best to castigate the thug mentality in some circles of music when he chants "Exterminate the brutes!"
"Mixing the Colors" is a deliciously mellow trance-like blues heavy beat tune extolling interracial relationships in the face of prudish Americans and racial separatists. And the "Highway Song" is just one happy tune that calls me back to the days of standing at the edge of the road with my thumb out in that classic Lennon-type posture of "Oh that magic feeling, nowhere to go."
"Boogie Boy" is quintessential Iggy in all his gyrating and jumping glory, with "Perforation Problems" providing a matter-of-fact comment on the inherrent apathy of drug addiction. And what makes us torture ourselves so much over all this? It's the G--D----- "Social Life"!
With all the pop formula out there providing an incessant flow of musical pablum for the masses, it's so refreshing to hear artists like Iggy Pop who are just as in-your-face today as they were when their careers were launched 30 years ago.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KILLER ALBUM 5 Aug 1998
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Iggy Pop has some of the hardest hitting rock. He can be angry, funny and cynical all at the same time. This album is one of his best.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Rock-n-Roll Album! 8 July 2000
By Brian - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Rock music does not get much more sincere then American Caesar! This album has each track centered around the most important instrument of rock, the electric guitar. If you didn't think twice, you may think you're listening to an old Stooges album. Each track has that same sincerity and passion that The Stooges albums did. After trying to run from his reputation with The Stooges by self-exile in Berlin, Pop returns to his musical roots with American Caesar. You never know where Iggy will turn to next. This time Iggy turned to the past for answers. And he found them in all the right places. Every track is a great piece of music. But my personal favorites would have to be "Mixin' The Colors", "Wild America", "Highway Song", "Plastic & Concrete", and "F___in' Alone".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saluting Iggy....One Last Time 7 Sep 2008
By Best Of All - Published on
Format:Audio CD
The last solid solo effort by "The Godfather of Punk," the September 1993 release has 17 songs and clocks in at nearly 72 minutes, which fittingly is around the time that Iggy Pop would log on stage as the headlining act.

Wild America is not Pop taking a satirical jab at society; the lyrics are pointed, indicting and brutal. The album smacks into emotions from a guy who has lived in the shadows - Jealousy, Hate, Sickness, Social Life, Perforation Problems - and has crawled out barely alive.

Louie Louie is a concert mainstay, but Pop's performance art has a jagged edge that gets sharper through each number. Not for the feint of heart, Pop is the drum major in a band for tortured souls.
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