Frenzy

Album: Every Loser (2022)
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  • Here, Iggy Pop rants at someone who's provoked him into a frenzy. The Godfather of Punk howls, "Shut up and love me, cause fun is my buddy," before unleashing a slew of expletives at an unnamed "stoned douchebag."

    According to Pop, there's one particular jerk who gave him the ammunition for the lyrics. He won't disclose the person's name, but he's sure they know. "There's some aggro there, but once it's in motion you're thinking about all sorts of things - the sharks in the sea that are out get you," he told Apple Music. "But you're also thinking about, 'Shut up and love me, will you?' Many things are ping-ponging in your mind. It's a very tough little three minutes of rock music."
  • Pop recorded "Frenzy" for his 19th album, Every Loser, with producer Andrew Watt (Ozzy Osbourne, Post Malone, Justin Bieber). He laid it down with a core backing band that included Watt on guitar, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan on bass, and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith on drums. "We made a record together the old-fashioned way," Pop said. "The players are guys I've known since they were kids, and the music will beat the s--t out of you."
  • Atlantic and Gold Tooth Records, the label run by Andrew Watt, released the raw and energetic song as the lead single from Every Loser on October 28, 2022. "'Frenzy' was the first single because it struck the cattle prod in our joy button whenever we heard it," Pop explained to NME. "We needed to step on the gas harder and when I listened to it, it felt like when someone's in the room you've got the hots for, but you're not ready to deal with it yet. I eyed that one in the corner for a month before I approached it."
  • The track's three minutes of pure, unrestrained rock energy mark a return to the aggressive sound of Pop's earlier work. This stands in contrast to the introspective, somber tone of his previous album, 2019's Free, which finds him reflecting on mortality and the human experience.
  • "Frenzy" entered the Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart, Pop's first appearance on the Billboard tally since his duet with Kate Pierson, "Candy," peaked at #30 in 1991. The 31-year gap between the two songs set a new longevity record on Mainstream Rock Airplay.

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