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The Idiot

Iggy Pop

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In 1976, the Stooges had been gone for two years, and Iggy Pop had developed a notorious reputation as one of rock & roll's most spectacular waste cases. 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 The Idiot, which took Iggy in a new direction decidedly different from the guitar-fueled proto-punk of the Stooges. Musically, The Idiot is of a piece with the impressionistic music of Bowie's "Berlin Period" (such as Heroes and Low), with it's fragmented guitar figures, ominous basslines, and discordant, high-relief keyboard parts. Iggy's new music was cerebral and inward-looking, where his early work had been a glorious call to the id, and Iggy was in more subdued form than with the Stooges, with his voice sinking into a world-weary baritone that was a decided contrast to the harsh, defiant cry heard on "Search and Destroy." Iggy was exploring new territory as a lyricist, and his songs on The Idiot are self-referential and poetic in a way that his work had rarely been in the past; for the most part the results are impressive, especially "Dum Dum Boys," a paean to the glory days of his former band, and "Nightclubbing," a call to the joys of decadence. The Idiot introduced the world to a very different Iggy Pop, and if the results surprised anyone expecting a replay of the assault of Raw Power, it also made it clear that Iggy was older, wiser, and still had plenty to say; it's a flawed but powerful and emotionally absorbing work.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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1
Sister Midnight
David Bowie
00:04:20

Phil Palmer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Alomar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Murray, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Davis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Iggy Pop, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laurent Thibault, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Saxophone, Xylophone, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michel Santangelli, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Thousand Mile, Inc., under exclusive licence to Virgin Records America, Inc.

2
Nightclubbing
Iggy Pop
00:04:16

Phil Palmer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Alomar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Murray, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Davis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Iggy Pop, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laurent Thibault, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Saxophone, Xylophone, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michel Santangelli, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Thousand Mile, Inc., under exclusive licence to Virgin Records America, Inc.

3
Funtime
Iggy Pop
00:02:55

Phil Palmer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Alomar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Murray, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Davis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Iggy Pop, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laurent Thibault, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Saxophone, Xylophone, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michel Santangelli, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Thousand Mile, Inc., under exclusive licence to Virgin Records America, Inc.

4
Baby
Iggy Pop
00:03:26

Phil Palmer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Alomar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Murray, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Davis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Iggy Pop, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laurent Thibault, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Saxophone, Xylophone, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michel Santangelli, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Thousand Mile, Inc., under exclusive licence to Virgin Records America, Inc.

5
China Girl
Iggy Pop
00:05:09

Phil Palmer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Alomar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Murray, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Davis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Iggy Pop, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Osterberg, ComposerLyricist - Laurent Thibault, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Saxophone, Xylophone, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michel Santangelli, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Thousand Mile, Inc., under exclusive licence to Virgin Records America, Inc.

6
Dum Dum Boys
Iggy Pop
00:07:13

Phil Palmer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Alomar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Murray, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Davis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Iggy Pop, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laurent Thibault, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Saxophone, Xylophone, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michel Santangelli, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Thousand Mile, Inc., under exclusive licence to Virgin Records America, Inc.

7
Tiny Girls
Iggy Pop
00:03:00

Phil Palmer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Alomar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Murray, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Davis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Iggy Pop, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laurent Thibault, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Saxophone, Xylophone, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michel Santangelli, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Thousand Mile, Inc., under exclusive licence to Virgin Records America, Inc.

8
Mass Production
Iggy Pop
00:08:28

Phil Palmer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Alomar, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Murray, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Davis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Iggy Pop, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laurent Thibault, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Saxophone, Xylophone, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michel Santangelli, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Thousand Mile, Inc., under exclusive licence to Virgin Records America, Inc.

Album Description

In 1976, the Stooges had been gone for two years, and Iggy Pop had developed a notorious reputation as one of rock & roll's most spectacular waste cases. 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 The Idiot, which took Iggy in a new direction decidedly different from the guitar-fueled proto-punk of the Stooges. Musically, The Idiot is of a piece with the impressionistic music of Bowie's "Berlin Period" (such as Heroes and Low), with it's fragmented guitar figures, ominous basslines, and discordant, high-relief keyboard parts. Iggy's new music was cerebral and inward-looking, where his early work had been a glorious call to the id, and Iggy was in more subdued form than with the Stooges, with his voice sinking into a world-weary baritone that was a decided contrast to the harsh, defiant cry heard on "Search and Destroy." Iggy was exploring new territory as a lyricist, and his songs on The Idiot are self-referential and poetic in a way that his work had rarely been in the past; for the most part the results are impressive, especially "Dum Dum Boys," a paean to the glory days of his former band, and "Nightclubbing," a call to the joys of decadence. The Idiot introduced the world to a very different Iggy Pop, and if the results surprised anyone expecting a replay of the assault of Raw Power, it also made it clear that Iggy was older, wiser, and still had plenty to say; it's a flawed but powerful and emotionally absorbing work.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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