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1 Sister Midnight - A distinctive, kicking drum line, clever bass and guitar, and synth bleeps characterize this one. Pop uses a gravelly and incredibly melodic bass-baritone throughout this song and much of the album. Bowie's wacky backing vocals are high and make this a great song.
2 Nightclubbing - The title is self-explanatory. Do you recognize the beginning drum beat? That's right, they are very similar to the beginning drums on Nine Inch Nails' infamous hit "Closer". But the track is much more musically sophisticated than that animalistic rant, centering on a down-toned decadent feeling especially suited to the lyrical content.
3 Funtime - This is a kind of uptempo punky song with echoing drums.Read more ›
The pair's time spent enjoying the Berlin nightlife is covered here with 'Nightclubbing' & 'Funtime', both of which are regulars on Iggy's setlist thesedays. 'China Girl' was written about a girl Iggy was with at the time, and proved a huge hit for Bowie a few years later. Iggy's version is the definitive though, with his rougher vocals giving the song a different edge. 'Baby' touches on what can almost be considered glam-rock, and Iggy pays tribute to his former band on 'Dum Dum Boys', while yearning for them when he needed them ("Now I'm looking for/The dum dum boys/Where are you now/When I need your noise"). It's Iggy at his most personal and it's simply brilliant. Iggy set out to prove that he was more than his reputation, that he had musical talent and wasn't a burnt out case. He succeeded. This is not only great music, but it gives you a good understanding of Iggy's mindset at the time.
It's in there I can feel it! Aside from Studio B, The Idiot is Iggy Pop's most adventerious album, and I think It had to be. It was his first solo record, and first since the demise of one of the true great American bands, The Stooges. The album was produced by fellow trail-blazer and also major fan, the one and only David Bowie. Now many Iggy fans loath Bowie, while many Bowie fans loath Pop. I love both, stick them along side Lou Reed and to me you might as well have the holy trinity of alternative music, and originality. So yeah this really did have to be a different album for Iggy. He couldn't make Raw Power again, he couldn't be Iggy Stooge anymore, he had to find himself again. Always known for his eclectic taste in music ranging from John Coltrane to The Velvet Underground, from The Kinks to Muddy Waters Iggy was a true fan and loved it all and over the coarse of his career would incorporate it all into his music.
I feel two ways about this album. The first is that this is essentialy a David Bowie album released vicariously through the body of Iggy Pop, sounds crazy but listen. It was produced by him, he cowrote every song on the album with Iggy, and would later go on to cover the albums best song, 'China Girl.' The over all sound of the album is very simular to that of David Bowies albums of the time, Station To Station, Low, Heros, The Lodger, and even Scary Monsters later on. The guitar work, which by the way is amazing, is done by Carlos Amor who would play on Bowie's later records. The general feel of the album is Bowie. Not that it is bad because Bowie is by far one of my favorite artists of all time, he owns just about every other artist and style of music for that matter.
Then there is the part of me. This album was hard.Read more ›
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Released the year Iggy Pop turned 30, and with much support from David Bowie, this LP remains the Ig's most complete, worthwhile abnd satisfying work. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Neil
Great quality! I bought this album for a friend who has a digital recording of this but not on vinyl, so I lucked out. Thanks for delivering the album so promptly!Published 1 month ago by Michele Fitzgerald
Classic Iggy Pop - Solo , Rock and Roll with a Pop Feel . Well Produced a Good Overall Record !Published 4 months ago by james devine
Sometimes there are no words to describe the unusualness of 70's experimental rock! Especially whenever mention of David Bowie's name is thrown in. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bryan
Been wanting to become a fan of Iggy Pop for a while so I figured I start with his first solo album. Was not disappointed.Published 6 months ago by Rene Lopez
"The Idiot", as an album, has a similar mystique to "Exile on Main Street" by the Stones. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cedarview