Iggy Pop - The Idiot
NME.COM feature on Iggy Pop - The Idiot album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 29 June 1992
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It's like he’s been singing the language of love all his life
- Nov 29, 2011
The ultimate punk goes all French jazz on us, but, bizarrely, c’est magnifique!
- May 25, 2009
Explore Iggy Pop’s sordid meat-covered past with this double-CD anthology spanning 40 years of blood, sex and oh yes, some cracking tunes
- Jul 21, 2005
Singer says being hailed as godfather of movement gets 'tedious'
Iggy Pop and co play songs from new album 'Ready To Die' in Austin
Beth Orton, Shane MacGowan, Michael Stipe and Broken Social Scene will also feature on the double CD
Iggy Pop - The Idiot: Wikipedia Album Entry
Iggy's solo debut following the end of the Stooges, THE IDIOT is often overlooked in favour of his second epistle, LUST FOR LIFE. Great album though the latter may be, THE IDIOT served to remind rock's better-informed fans that one of its most original talents was still alive and kicking. Produced by Bowie, IDIOT contains two compositions, "Funtime" and "China Girl" that he later recorded himself. Another highlight is the electronics-driven "Nightclubbing" (a certifiable post-punk classic) and the meandering "Dum Dum Boys" (a precursor to "The Passenger"). An album that proved Iggy did not need to be flanked by guitars to retain his edge and menace.
Recorded at Chateau D'Herouville and Hansa Studios, Berlin, Germany.
Personnel includes: Iggy Pop (vocals); David Bowie (keyboards).
Mojo (Publisher) (12/01, p.155) - "...The first truly successful Pop-Bowie collaboration...tracks like 'Nightclubbing' and 'Dum Dum Boys' saw Iggy attempting to mix James Brown and Kraftwerk - with a large degree of success."
NME (Magazine) (9/18/93, p.19) - Ranked #28 among The Greatest Albums Of The '70s.
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. Although issued after Low, the opening installment of Bowie's so-called Berlin Trilogy, the pair began writing and recording songs for The Idiot in mid-1976, before Bowie started work on his own album. As such, The Idiot has been claimed as heralding the unofficial beginning of Bowie's 'Berlin' period, being compared particularly to Low and "Heroes" in its electronic effects, treated instrument sounds, and introspective atmosphere. A departure from the hard rock of his former band The Stooges, 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 Dostoevsky's novel The Idiot, three of the participants in the recording – Bowie, Pop and Tony Visconti – being familiar with the book.
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Baby, don't you cry
Baby, I'll sing you a lullaby
We're walking down the street of chance
What happened to Zeke?
He's dead on Jones, man
How about Dave?
O.D'd on alcohol
Before you go do me a favor
Give me a number of a girl almost like you
With legs almost like you
I'm buried deep in mass production
Calling sister midnight
Youâve got me reaching for the moon
Calling sister midnight
Youâve got me playing the fool
Well the day begins you don't want to live
'Cause you can't believe in the one you're with
'Cause you know her tricks and you know her past
When she makes a face you just have to laugh