The Fundamental Elements of Southtown

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The Fundamental Elements of Southtown
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 24, 1999
RecordedFebruary – April 1999
StudioThe Gallery, Sherman Oaks, California; Sparky Dark, Calabasas, California; Mates, North Hollywood, California
GenreRapcore,[1] rap metal,[2] nu metal
ProducerHoward Benson
P.O.D. chronology
The Warriors EP
The Fundamental Elements of Southtown
Alternative cover
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Singles from The Fundamental Elements of Southtown
  1. "Southtown"
    Released: February 2000
  2. "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)"
    Released: August 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Cross Rhythms[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout[4]

The Fundamental Elements of Southtown is the third studio album and major label debut of Christian metal band P.O.D., released on August 24, 1999. It went on to become the band's first platinum album, peaking at No. 51 on the Billboard 200 chart in April 2000.[6] It was the 143rd best-selling album of 2000 in the United States.[7] "Southtown" and "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)" became the album's singles, both of which were accompanied by music videos. The album also includes a cover of U2's "Bullet the Blue Sky".

Cover art[edit]

The album's artwork was censored when sold in Christian bookstores, with retailers complaining about a cigar and also claiming the cover was "pagan".[8][9]

Track listing[edit]

2."Hollywood" (featuring Lisa Papineau)5:22
4."Checkin' Levels"1:06
5."Rock the Party (Off the Hook)"3:24
6."Lie Down"5:09
7."Set Your Eyes to Zion"4:06
8."Lo Siento"0:33
9."Bullet the Blue Sky" (U2 cover) (featuring Lisa Papineau)5:18
10."Psalm 150"0:55
15."Follow Me"3:43
16."Outkast" ("Outkast" lasts 4:16, Hidden Track "Tambura" begins at 6:22)9:33


2000 San Diego Music Awards[edit]

  • Album of the Year
  • Song of the Year - "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)"

2001 GMA Dove Awards[edit]

  • Short Form Music Video of the Year - "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)"


Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[10]


Additional musicians


  • Robert Green Brooks – engineer, mixing
  • Ernie Vigil – assistant engineer
  • Marc Moncrief – assistant engineer
  • Matt Silva – assistant engineer
  • Howard Benson – mixing
  • Chris Lord-Alge – mixing (2, 3, 5, 7, 9)
  • Gavin Lurssen – mastering


  • P.O.D. – art direction
  • Jean Bastarache – paintings
  • Chapman Baehler – band photos
  • Eric Altenburger – band photo retouching
  • David Allen – band logo


Limited edition bonus EP[edit]

Limited Edition Bonus EP
EP by
ReleasedAugust 24, 1999
GenreRapcore, nu metal

The Limited edition bonus EP was released by P.O.D. as a free CD given away with the purchase of their first mainstream album, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, in 1999. It contained a new version of the song "Draw the Line" (from the album Snuff the Punk) and the demo version of "Lie Down" (on The Fundamental Elements of Southtown). It also has the new track "It's About Time", the instrumental demo "Estrella", the intro "Warriors Come Out to Play...", and a track with "Messages for Your Answering Machine". Because of its limited release, it is now considered a collector's item.

Track listing[edit]

1."Warriors Come Out to Play..."0:40
2."Draw the Line" (Fundamental Version)3:16
3."It's About Time" (Demo)4:13
4."Lie Down" (Demo)4:23
5."Estrella" (Demo)4:33
6."Messages for your Answering Machine"1:42


  1. ^ a b "P.O.D. - The Fundamental Elements of Southtown". Cross Rhythms.
  2. ^ a b "The Fundamental Elements of Southtown - P.O.D." Allmusic.
  3. ^ Van Pelt, Doug (September–October 1999). "Album Reviews: P.O.D. the fundamental elements of southtown". HM (79). ISSN 1066-6923.
  4. ^ "P.O.D., 'The Fundamental Elements of Southtown' Review". Jesus Freak Hideout.
  5. ^ "POD - Fundamental Elements of Southtown CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "The Fundamental Elements of Southtown - P.O.D. : Awards". AllMusic. August 17, 1999. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums - 2000 Year End Charts: 141 - 160 | Billboard". Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "Artwork Controversy". Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "Christian bands trickle into mainstream". September 14, 2002. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  10. ^ The Fundamental Elements of Southtown (liner notes). P.O.D. Atlantc. 1999. CD 83216.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  11. ^ " – P.O.D. – The Fundamental Elements of Southtown". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  12. ^ "P.O.D. Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  13. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2000". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2021.