Iggy Pop – The Idiot

Published on 13 February 2019 by

      The Idiot is the debut solo album by American rock singer Iggy Pop. It was the first of two LPs released in 1977 which Pop wrote and recorded in collaboration with David Bowie. The album is regarded by critics as one of Pop’s best works, but is not generally considered representative of his output. Its title was inspired by Dostoyevsky’s novel The Idiot, three of the participants in the recording—Bowie, Pop and Tony Visconti—being familiar with the book. After a self-imposed stay in a mental hospital, a significantly more functional Iggy was desperate to prove he could hold down a career in music, and he was given another chance by his longtime ally, David Bowie. Bowie co-wrote a batch of new songs with Iggy, put together a band, and produced Iggy Pop – The Idiot, which took him in a new direction decidedly different from the guitar-fueled proto-punk of the Stooges. David Bowie may have instigated this jazzy, synth-driven monster of an album, but only Iggy Pop could have taken it home. Iggy, stoned but enthusiastic, belts out sinister songs of desire, decadence, and detachment that might have given Raymond Chandler pause, if only for their ability to convert the angst and false glamour of film noir into shimmering rock-and-roll abstraction. He yells, he croons, he snaps and purrs his volatile, sometimes haunting lyrics with conviction that was totally new to Stooges listeners in 1977. The songs are dynamite from the jaunty beginning to the devastating end. In between, the basis for Bowie’s 1983 hit, “China Girl,” forms the album’s centerpiece, as a majestic, heartfelt ballad that still leaves room for bitterness and doubt.

Iggy Pop – vocals
David Bowie – keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, piano, saxophone, xylophone, backing vocals, production
Carlos Alomar – guitar
Dennis Davis – drums
George Murray – bass guitar
Phil Palmer – guitar
Michel Santangeli – drums
Laurent Thibault – bass


Iggy Pop – The Idiot Tracklist

  1. “Sister Midnight”  00:00
  2. “Nightclubbing”  04:19
  3. “Funtime”  08:34
  4. “Baby” 11:29
  5. “China Girl”  14:54
  6. “Dum Dum Boys”  20:02
  7. “Tiny Girls”  27:14
  8. “Mass Production”  30:14

Iggy Pop - The Idiot

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