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Lust For Life

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Iggy looked beyond the darkness of The Idiot and found the desperate need to rock and revel on Lust for Life (1977). He triumphs with that pounding title tune; The Passenger; Sixteen; Success; Some Weird Sin; Turn Blue , and more!

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The relentless, driving drums and thunderous bass of the opening title track are the magic components that make it the best song Iggy Pop ever recorded without the Stooges. They're also why this is Iggy's best solo album--which also includes the ominously upbeat "The Passenger," with its hilariously ennui-filled, sing-along chorus ("La la la la la la la la la..."). As with Pop's first solo album, The Idiot, David Bowie has his hands all over the proceedings (if not somewhere else as well) as the producer, songwriter, and general overseer of Iggy the popstar. The record reached 28 on the U.K. charts. Of course, as the jagged, dark guitars on "Sixteen" and "Neighborhood Threat" make clear, Iggy's version of pop music is anything but conventional, and anything but bland. "Some Weird Sin" ("That's what I want...") could have been Iggy's theme song in 1977, heavy with innuendo and a dangerous joie de vivre. --Percy Keegan
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  • Audio CD (July 11, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA/ Victor
  • ASIN: B000000WH8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By P. Nicholas Keppler on October 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After the shadowy sound of Iggy Pop's first post-Stooges album, The Idiot (which was as much as an effort from producer David Bowie as an Iggy Pop album), Lust for Life is the return of Iggy Pop, the crude social misfit. Iggy and Bowie, who is again producing, realize that the jagged, brutal sound of Pop's former band is impossible to reproduce, but Bowie and the backing band can still fashion some thumping rhythmus and hard-edged riffs and let loose the memorable uncouthness which made the Stooges-era Iggy Pop infamous. So what does it mean to be Iggy Pop in the late 1970s? First of all, Iggy is back to being ugly, deviant and gross and loving it all. Songs such as "Sixteen," "Some Weird Sin" and the title track ("I`m just a modern guy/Of coarse I`ve had it in the ear before") highlight the gross-out sexuality of Iggy`s persona. Secondly, the first to get the infamous Iggy Pop spit in their faces are those who accused him of selling out by collaborating with Bowie on a more polished sound. The sly sing-along, "Success," and the tongue-in-cheek cover image are pointed at them. But most of all, Iggy was about having fun in late 1977. After the vampiric feel of The Idiot, Iggy and Bowie seemed to realize that, like the Rolling Stones or MC5, there is little reason to listen to Iggy Pop and not feel pumped and listeners can attest the minute they press play and hear the title song's thumping drum beat and driving bass line and can't help but strutting like a fool. Lust for Life undoubtedly has a recipe and authenticity set to Iggy Pop back on the right track as one of the rock and roll's most enjoyable rebels.
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Format: Audio CD
Note that I said solo record. Iggy of course created a revolutionary sound with the Stooges before flaming out in a vortex of drugs and madness. LUST FOR LIFE is volume two of the resurrection of iggy Pop under the tutalege of David Bowie and shows Iggy regaining his old strength.

LUST FOR LIFE is packed with great songs from the barreling title track (I crack up every time I hear it on a cruise commercial, do they know what they are selling?) to the heroic melodrama of FALL IN LOVE WITH ME. Stellar tracks include SUCCESS (Iggy and company joking about the trappings of stardom), THE PASSENGER (maybe even better than the title track) and NEIGHBORHOOD THREAT. The music is closer in spirit to 70's Rolling Stones or Bowie's ALADIN SANE than the proto-punk of the Stooges.

In my opinion this release is the highlight of Iggy's now long solo career. Though he would have a number of othe good songs over the years, he would never release an album as consistant as this.
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Format: Audio CD
After producing the highly successful and equally strange "Transformer" for Lou Reed in 1972, David Bowie decided to get back in the producer's chair for Iggy Pop (who he had worked with previously on several projects).

The fun starts immediately on the now well known romp of the title track (used in several tv commercials and the movie "Trainspotting"). The lyrics are wild, weird, and full of strange sexual innuendos: "Of course I've had it in my ear before"??? or "Hey man, where'd you get that lotion?"

The fun continues with the raunchy riff of "Sixteen" in which he sings about his hunger for a sixteen year old in leather boots..... staying true to theme of the album I suppose.

Basically, the lust-fused fun never lets up (especially on the hilarious and sarcastic "Success" which is my personal favorite).
"Here comes my car, here comes my chinese rug...."

Overall, another classic recording from the best decade in rock music history... Iggy style.
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Format: Vinyl
Finally! I waited so long to hear an Iggy Pop album. I believe VH1 praised this guy 15-some years ago for being a major influence but I was unaware in what way because nothing Iggy's done gets radio play these days. I'm aware of the stuff he did with the Stooges and let me tell you, that stuff rocks *extremely* hard! Maybe Iggy was right- maybe the Stooges could have out rocked everybody else if they really wanted to. So does Lust For Life, one of Iggy's supposed classics, stand up with the best Stooges material? Yes and no. It's important to note there's a lot of experimenting taking place here with David Bowie. It's not strictly a hard rock or punk album. However it does show a more outrageous and creative side of Iggy, whether it was Bowie bringing out the best in Iggy or Iggy reinventing himself.

"Turn Blue" is a storytelling type song with more speaking than singing. Iggy sounds depressed and about ready to break up emotionally. The tone of the entire song is one of depression actually. Weird vocals during the "I shot myself down" line, and perhaps other lines such as "Stepping on our hearts" and later "I shot myself up" are a bit on the repetitive side, but that's okay. Iggy gets a free pass for being repetitive because he has enough personality and creativity in his vocal mannerisms to make him sound different from most artists. Now if someone like Boz Scaggs or James Taylor wanted to sing repetitive lines? I wouldn't be so happy then. I actually think this song is like the male version of any song of your choice from Patti Smith's Horses. Think about it. The emphasis on aggressive and passionate vocals that build gradually and explosively with all kinds of tension is strikingly similar.
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