Wonderful collab between Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Borrowing from some of the best artistic elements of the day to create a sum greater than its parts. Drum sounds borrowed from Joy Division, punk vocals and sensibilities through Iggy, Cold War imagery in the lyrics. This record is simultaneously structured and loose, wild and buttoned up, analog and digital. The sounds jump of the record. Incredibly vital.
Bowie and Pop are a powerful duo.
Debauched post punk with a nocturnal vibe and lyrics spilling from the artist's subconscious. Although David Bowie gives it both an accessibility and richness it likely wouldn't otherwise have had, Iggy Pop truly gives the record its raw punk energy.
I'm into it. It's basically just a David Bowie album I haven't heard.
Another album I’m not sure if I’ve ever listened through in full. But what a blinder! Track after track of cool as fuck raw rock. Loved it!
Spooky, which fits well for spooky season. I can hear Gothic and Industrial undertones that support and artsy direction from a punk background. I really liked this.
One of my absolute favorite albums ever. Loose, cool and experimental is what Iggy Pop and David Bowie managed to make this album. Iggy's lines delivered with a punk-ish attitude surrounded by pulsating synths and distorted instruments make everything feel intense and wicked. Absolutely amazing
Solid album. Absolutely love China Girl especially. It was surprisingly experimental in its use of synths and atmospheric style compositions. I can also see why Iggy Pop is clearly an important pre-cursor to punk music.
How have I not heard this before? I loved Lust for Life, but this one had passed me by and it's great. Sister Midnight and Funtime ought to be mainstream rock classics. I guess Iggy just was too far out there to get the mainstream attention he deserves. Jane said 'you can hear Bowie all over this" and she was right, it's almost a Bowie album.
fuuuuuuucking hell more wonky 70s shit, i think it's pretty safe to say this is the author's favourite era. fuck it off. 1/5.
Impressive to make an album that I like nothing about. Not the music. Not the vibe. Not the vocals. Nothing.
There was that one song I didn’t want to change halfway through.
What a freaking record.
no lust for life but
Absolute mad cunt of an album, didn't realise Bowie did so much on it too, and china girl *chefs kiss*
Qué goce escuchar esta colaboración Bowie-Iggy. Lo disfruté mucho, varias cosas que suena a Blowie pero también con la particular voz de Iggy. En definitiva, sí se nota distinto a los otros álbumes de Iggy que ya han pasado. Aunque todas las canciones me gustaron, destacó "Sister Midnight", "Nightclubbing" y el final "Mass Production", una chulada 👌🏼. En fin 10/10.
Uno de mis discos favoritos. Dum Dum Boys da mucho miedo.
Great album, few bangers in there I didn't know was iffg pop
A a long-time perennial favorite. Listened yet again because it's so good.
I really don’t know why I hadn’t listen to this before considering Bowie produced this during my favorite period of his. Loved it.
This ode hit it on the head. I really liked it much more than his (I assume) layer heavier stuff
An unexpected 5. Every track added to the playlist
This album is a testament to the symbiotic relationship that Iggy Pop and David Bowie had in the mid-70s. Both were lost musically and mentally, the collaboration on this album had them bring out the best in each other while surviving the worst. It is argued that this is primarily a David Bowie album but I would disagree as Pop's influence over Bowie stands out in the rawness of much of this record. The dark keyboard and drum sequencing of Nightclubbing would have sounded cleaner without Iggys suggestions and wouldn't have had the impact on so many post punk and new wave artists that heard this album. It is a shame in some was that Iggy moved away from this type of sound later on
an unexpected gem! Very Bowie-esque
A great album I've never discovered before! It's got a nice gritty underground vibe and a cheeky mashup of all the best parts about this era/style of music in my opinion. Super varied and interesting. I love his description of a cross between James Brown and Kraftwerk. I never knew this backstory about Pop and Bowie moving to France together but it's brilliant.
No surprises that Bowie produced this mater piece. Incredible album, perfectly weird without being totally inaccessible. Nightclubing and Dum Sum Boys arey highlights.
Huge iggy pop fan in general. But I really enjoy The Idiot. The Bowie production is felt very deeply. And I think this album itself really shaped Post-Punk into what it became. Iggy is all over Rock. Proto-punk with the stooges and this one. Dude just makes some really solid music.
This was haunting and so atmospheric
It's amazing how this seems to sit perfectly on the precipice of the 70's and 80's, using the best out of both worlds. And yet, it also seems like it is current and relevant today.
GOAT Pop Punk
8/10, pretty great Bowie album and a nice left turn for Iggy. OG China Girl is best
Excellent exemplification of music at late 70s. Also discovered that China girl wasn't only Bowie's! Really enjoyed this album.
Love the sound. Sparse lyrics with droning vocals. Crazy instrumentation with synths.
Iggy makes a Bowie album. Fascinating.
Lekker relaxed album met de cover China Girl erop. Kan erg genieten van de stem van Iggy.
I liked it. cool album
Great album, don't think I'd ever listened to the whole thing before. Dum Dum Girls was a standout for me.
- Interesting stretched voices - classic rock/ pop - definetly see where it's influenced bowie
Może nawet 4.5
Quite good! A bit dark, and not the vibe I'd listen to 24/7, but definitely worth listening to
Siempre un placer escuchar al Iggy, pero ya fue mucho de él en esta lista, no? XD XD Anyways, tiene unas vibras un poco más sad a comparación de lo super punk que le he escuchado. Creo que la que más me gustó fue Nightclubbing, está sensualona. lol Mood: Iggy llegando a la ancianidad antes de tiempo.
Iggy’s always been a bit of a hero. Some great songs on here and the Bowie presence is obviously strong. Not my favourite of Iggy’s work but still a very solid album.
Otro de Iggy Pop. No quería escucharlo jajajaja pero al final sí me gustó, me parece diferente a los otros que han salido pero al mismo tiempo sí suena muy él
Tunes are a bit slower and more spoken word than the Lust For Life album. Still good though, easy listening. I reckon Mark E Smith from The Fall took a lot of inspiration from Iggy after hearing this. 3.5. Gonna bump it up to 4 cos I gave the last Iggy one a 3 when that was 3.5 too
Some really ominous sounding tracks on this album. I love it! Very different from The Stooges raw punk tunes and different from what his later solo work sounded like too but still unmistakably Iggy
Iggy pop, such an interesting artist. Some songs felt similar to David Bowie songs to me while others were completely different. Overall: was good! I need to listen to more full albums of his.
Great album. You can defo hear Bowie in it. Really simplistic, but very well executed
A really impressive debut solo album. The songs can feel a bit raw & unpolished, but I think that’s part of Iggy Pop’s appeal.
Pretty cool. Sounds like the beginnings of post punk.
Some pretty good jams on here. A few overstay their welcome but overall a solid album.
Mass production is echt ziek Ik ben fan van het album en ga het nog eens beluisteren
We get a more domesticated Iggy on this than on Raw power. Produced by Bowie in the Berlin trilogy era, some regard this as an extension of that trilogy. I dig this one quite a bit.
It veers into the experimental Berlin Bowie (which i'm not so fond of) towards the end, but I liked it for the most part.
Bowies version of China Girl dosent hold a candle to the emotional rawness of this one. The mixture of electronic instrumentation and Iggy Pops raw style makes for a very interesting combination.
China girl is a banger, first time i have heard it
At first I was a bit disappointed this album wasn't more like Raw Power by the Stooges. However, by the second song, I began to really dig what I was hearing. Iggy Pop (and David Bowie) are taking an art rock and pop approach that utilizes burgeoning electronic sounds and folds them into a slower rock format features long songs that are more like mini suites. This album does feel more like a Bowie album more than anything but is extremely effective and engaging.
Way cooler than expected. China Girl? OMG!
Iggy and Bowie hang out in Berlin and record a "James Brown meet Krafwerk" album. Pop's sober, Bowie is out of his mind on coke, milk, sausages and red peppers. That's a good combo. Best Tracks: Sister Midnight; Nightclubbing; China Girl
Pretty interesting album. I haven't listened to much art rock before. No sleepers on this album. Liked the melodies and the mood.
Feels like a raw Queens Of The Stone Age at the start, moves into a big David Bowie section, and kinda falls off a cliff at the end. I listened through twice tho. Its aged well.
Not at all what I expected. Knowing the Stooges I figured that there would be some sort of punk edge to it. That art rock/synth pop vibe was completely out of left field; it sounded almost like a Bowie record. It was a cool surprise though! I don’t think it’s the easiest record to listen to, but I definitely liked it.
This was a nice surprise, learned a bit about rock history when digging in to some of the details.
Love it. Listening to this has made me at least 5% more cool than I was yesterday.
6.5/10 F.t.: China Girl
Cool sound. Makes me think of St Vincent.
The Bowie influence here is immediately apparent and gives this album such a cool feel. Also I love hearing the drum beat I know from Closer on Nightclubbing.
Really enjoyed, reminds me a bit of doors/joy division. Drags on a bit except for Dum Dum boys which slaps Interesting how much blues/folk/ jazz influence is there for early rock
Has a few songs from Trainspotting so has to be a good one!
Low side A. Best track: China Girl
Really great. Didn't stick around for the end.
I like Iggy Pop. This is good stuff. In fact I prefer his version of China Girl to Bowie's.
This was great! I listened twice actually. I love the range here, slow and sexy some of them but others fast and poppy.
Really cool album. A notch below his Stooges' work. 7-8/10 1. China Girl 2. Nightclubbing 3. Sister Midnight
Iggy pop fresh off the stooges making his own name for himself on this classic album produced by the one and only David Bowie who’s toy piano on China girl I love. I’ve always loved Iggy pops voice especially on nightclubbing. Iggy is criminally underrated
Sounds more like a Bowie album than an Iggy Pop album, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, really enjoyed this, don’t think it’s as good as lust for life but still very good.
Enjoyable and well-crafted but not as memorable as I expected
Minimalisk. Early NIN vibes. Reznor greinilega aðdáandi. Greinileg áhrif á QOTSA líka.
Love me some Iggy & David collab projects. Getting off the drugs and making some of the most groundbreaking stuff of both of their respective careers in the late 70's, you love to see boys being boys.
I can smell the white powder dripping off this.
Irgendwie schafft es das Album nicht mich richtig zu packen, aber wenn ich mich zwinge genauer hinzuhören, finde ich nicht super viel zum aussetzen. Ich habe den Eindruck, dass hier etwas versucht wird, was noch nicht spruchreif ist und in dem Sound in dem Iggy Pop hängt nicht so recht aufgehen will. Auch wenn die Vocals cool sind an sich, gehen sie irgendwie auf unbefriedigende Weise in den Instrumentals unter. 3-4
Och scheisse meine Review wurd gelöscht Naja ich finds richtig richtig geil auf jeden Fall, es ist wirklich wie der düstere Bruder von Heroes (aber ist ja auch in weiten Teilen die gleiche Band) und Iggy Pop erfindet einfach Industrial Rock in 1977
Hat mir ganz gut gefallen die düstere Atmosphäre und der exzentrische Gesang. Nichts was ich ständig hören würde aber auf jeden Fall cooles Album das einen charakteristischen und konsistenten Sound bietet.
echt ein paar starke tracks, die gegen ende etwas öde werden. glaube, man muss auch den stil der vocals gut finden auf dem album, ich finde die eher nicht so toll. die instrumentals sind aber gut und manchmal echt einzigartig für die zeit. anscheinend hat das album joy division beeinflusst, was man glaube ich raushören kann.
Very solid. Can hear the Bowie influence throughout.
I love the mood of this album
A really good album. Very Bowie-esque. Which is really doubled down on with China Girl. I really enjoy this a lot but as much as I like it and Iggy overall, I just don't think it hits a 5. Excellent album though.
Yeah I like. More listens.
Iggy's comeback that serves as Bowie's precursor to the Berlin Trilogy. Honestly shocked Eno wasn't involved, and the intro "Sister Midnight" sounds very similar to "Sound and Vision." The vocals and slow, dark synths would be utilized by the punk movement to evolve into post-punk and gothic rock, most notably its influence on Joy Division (most notably "Nightclubbing" and "Mass Production"). Only 7 tracks, each memorable in their own right. The jazz and melody of "Tiny Girls" reminded me of Roxy Music, another British art rock 70s band. Only two tracks I wasn't a huge fan of were "Funtime" and "Dum dum boys" but even they were good songs. Favorites: Baby, China Girl
WoW, j’ai beaucoup aimé ça. On entend qu’il en a influencé plusieurs. James Murphy a clairement écouté cet album. Bowie aussi, et pas seulement pour China Girl, mais aussi pour quelques pièces sur Black Star dont le nom m’échappe (a season for a crime…?). Je vais certainement creuser plus loin dans le Iggy Pop. C’est construit différemment et d’une façon qui me plaît.
Really great album. Never heard this before (except for Bowie's version of China Girl. Standouts: Sister Midnight, Nightclubbing,
Enjoyed every song. Solid listen
Vraiment bon j’ai pas vu letemps passe. 5
Iffy Pop will probably always be cool. From the baritone croons in the opener to the very last note of the closer he exudes cool. There’s a couple of standouts here as is standard for Mr. Pop.
4 stars. Like most music that involves, Bowie this is more of an artistic statement than straightforward musical expression. Have never heard this before, but definitely love the collab during Bowie’s peak artistic years.
It's so fascinating to me that Bowie and Iggy were contemporaries and friends. According to all reports, they loved and respected each other's music. And yet, in most respects, their music is so different. This album is probably the closest that Iggy ever got to Bowie's style in part because Bowie had his hands all over it. And a good thing, too. Without Bowie in the mix, it's unlikely that Iggy would have managed to make "The Idiot" even happen. Lucky for us, it did happen and it remains a quintessentially Iggy album lyrically, musically, and vocally. I'm an unapologetic Iggy Pop fan so I found very little to dislike here. There were some mixing/engineering choices that aren't my favorite and, unlike Bowie who can make a whole album while utterly cracked out of his mind and still perform flawlessly, Iggy's struggles with substance abuse left and audible thumbprint on this album. The end result is an almost spectacular album that falls short at merely a very good album.
Un tanto flojo para ser de Iggy Pop. Un 4.
some of it I really enjoyed, but not exactly my first choice
Can definitely hear Bowie's influence all over it. Pretty good.
Favorite: Sister Midnight
Bad Bowie cover band
Vielleicht ist Rock einfach nicht so mein Ding? Ganz ok.
The idiot is a debut solo album by American musician Iggy Pop released on March 18th 1977. It was a collaboration with David Bowie who is credited as producer received critical acclaim and is considered one of Iggy pop's best works. First song, "Sister Midnight" starts with catchy pop guitar and bass playing around and a low synth voice. Feels pretty restrained though. The riff is a little repetitive after a while. "Nightclubbing" the second track also starts with a repetitive back and forth brief but this time it's the piano and drums and it's a little bit bluesy but it's very repetitive with the I-IV cadence. There's some interesting guitar and the background hopefully it comes out to the front and there's a solo. "funtime" is a bit more of the same repetitive low energy stuff. Good if you want some background music that is not WOW. "Baby" is good. Has more interesting stuff going on Next song china girls is also good love the guitar. Dum Dum Boys is more classic rock now and it's getting good. Tiny girls was good but nothing outstanding. Final song "Mass Production" is heavy classic rock but mixed with a slow ballad. It's a good song but doesn't seem to be too organized. Overall 3/5
I had not listened to this abum before. A few nice songs on this album.
Good first album but not the best
Some decent tunes on here.
ughhh i rly like iggy pop but this album just isn't great
Nightclubbing is amazing. Definitely hearing the Bowie influence here, didn't realize he was a producer on this one.
I do not like singer voice, but else it is fine
War in ander
Semibängeri Vissa lite väl "classic rock" men bra fiilis överlag.
I know Iggy is a legend but it's not something I enjoy listening on the regular, it does have some nice blues undertones to it, which made it more enjoyable
I had no idea Iggy Pop recorded a David Bowie record.
Definitely ahead of its time by a decade. Loved Nightclubbing but can't see replaying the others much.
A personal record which feels like coming out of the darkness. Very good album to listen as a whole...
Thought I would enjoy this more than I did
This was okay. Couple of good songs.
Dum dum boys - fav song (david bowie)
Very listenable. China Girl and Dum Dum Boys are the stand out tracks imho.
Yeah you can hear Bowie's influence.
Berlin Bowie rip off
gave it another go, but its just not going to happen
Nightclubbing and the ultra-well-known by the Bowie's version, China Girl are this album highlights. Definitely not my favourite Iggy's record
His first studio album where glimpses of his later impact and influence can be seen. A solid foundation for something so groundbreaking at the time!
This album was very Bowie-esque, which makes sense considering that David Bowie wrote most of the instrumentals and produced the album. I liked "Dum Dum Boys", but mostly because of the instrumental backing track.
Funkier than I thought... Lots of Bowie vibes.
Typical Iggy Pop. Nice.
Nothing special but not unpleasant
I like Iggy Pop, it has a few good songs but I don't think I'd listen to the album again.
I enjoyed this more than I thought. China girl was awesome.
I liked it, very similar to Bowie from that era obviously
It has a very experimental punk rock feel. I actually enjoyed it quite thoroughly. His vocals were alright, but it fit the instrumentals and experimental tones.
Duidelijke samenwerking met David Bowie, die typisch Britse niet vaste ‘zang’. Vanaf China girl erg goed album, muziek is erg goed, meer rock dan ik dacht.
Nothing that special here.
A good Iggy album, an average Bowie album. Influential nevertheless
It was fine, nothing really stuck out, however, I think on more listens I could like and appreciate it more.
Walked towards a thunderstorm to this. What an idi... Standout Tracks: NIghtclubbing, China Girls, Mass Production
An enjoyable slice of sludge-rock. Parts of it sound like a QOTSA prototype (e.g. Mass Production), & also Bowie-esque, for obvious reasons. I like Iggy's voice and his lyrics, so lots of pros... but I don't think it veers into 'greatness' territory very often. Mainly just vibez. 3.5 or whatever.
Sounded like a weirder version of Bowie in a good way
I find Iggy Pop more palatable in small doses. A whole album in one sitting gets a bit janky
I'd have to give this another listen, but based on first impressions I'm very...underwhelmed. I'm not huge on Iggy Pop's vocals and the rest is just...fine? IDK, normally I have some sort of opinion on albums but I'm just drawing a blank here.
Pretty good. I dig.
It's only appropriate that you only listen to this or any Iggy Pop without wearing a shirt. I'm writing this without a shirt on. It's debatable at this point whether Iggy Pop even owns a shirt. He probably is excluded from having to wear a shirt anywhere at this point. I once saw him walk into a convenience store without wearing a shirt to buy a carton of Lucky Strikes, and no one said a word. I doubt Anthony Kiedis is afforded the same luxurious treatment. The Bowie influence on this is everywhere, which only makes sense considering he produced the album and co-wrote all but one of the songs. The other Iggy Pop album is the better one on this list. But this, his debut solo album, is worthy. "China Girl" is probably the most recognizable track here, due to Bowie having a huge hit with his version six years after this album was released. I like both versions, but Iggy's is best heard sans shirt.
Arieccoce col vecchio Iggy. Salto il preambolo perché l'ho già fatto per "Lust for life" (che tra l'altro è uscito tipo 6 mesi prima). In questa incarnazione Iggy mi ha convinto di più e questo album mi è sembrato più maturo del successivo Lust for life che però per sua ammissione era stato fatto per intascarsi i soldi della produzione facendo na cosa tirata via. Questo album concilia meglio l'aspetto punk zozzone con elementi più interessanti compositivi e di arrangiamento. Iggy nella sua interpretazione vocale c'ha più o meno i soliti limiti però è più convincente o forse i pezzi li trovo più adatti stilisticamente. La produzione è veramente pessima, un tempo avrei pensato che per il '77 era ok ma oggi so che certe produzioni del '70 reggono botta ancora oggi quindi non c'ha veramente scuse. Vorrei dargli 4 perché per me è un 3.5 e in qualche modo è andata meglio, però considerando pure la produzione non me la sento, mi sembra una promozione troppo generosa. Beccate sto 3, idiota!
Rispetto all'altro album mi ha colpito di meno, ma mi è piaciuto. Mi ero fatto davvero un'idea sbagliata di Iggy Pop e ora mi sono ricreduto. Le cose che mi piacciono di più sono, il sound un po' grezzo e come canta, che generalmente rappresentano uno stile che odio, ma che ne so, qua mi piacciono! 3
I’ve got tons of respect for iggy but this album never really lived up to the hype for me
Not as good as he is with the stooges. Tiny Girls had a cool horn beat
It's great but not my thing & I think it's aged quite a lot. But worth a listen.
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Surprised... Was not expecting this..
Another quality album by what must be the most consistent artist on this list.
synd att iggy pop pajar ett gött sound
This was a surprise, I didn't expect to find much I liked here but actually I enjoyed it quite a lot.
Dark, industrial, raw. A bit weird and experimental with the synths. It's not my style of music, so but I appreciate the influence and legacy this particular album has had on other post punk rock bands. Favourite songs: Dum Dum boys, China girl
Solid Iggy, but not as good as Stooges-era, or Lust For Life.
Debut Iggy Pop's solo album of 1977, produced by Bowie. Interesting sound but I didn't enjoyed it so much.
Iggy Pop it´s such an strange man, and so is his music, and I dig It. Coherent album.
China girl and dum dum boys were the best
The Idiot by Iggy Pop (1977) Iggy Pop as The Idiot? With apologies to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen (1988): “I served with The Idiot. I knew The Idiot. The Idiot was a friend of mine. Iggy, you’re no idiot.” Which is to say, for a kid who grew up in a trailer park in Ypsilanti, Michigan, he was one of the “Dum Dum Boys” (opening track of side two), but while he was smart enough to turn out dark and serviceable poetry as lyrics, he was no Dostoevsky (whose poetic oeuvre was scant anyway, but you get the point). Nor was he as innocent as Prince Myshkin, the protagonist in Dostoevsky’s novel The Idiot (1869). Myshkin’s innocence was mistaken for idiocy by his cultured acquaintances. I know this is a lot to keep up with, but hang in there; it’s worth it. Pop’s poetry might be called pop poetry—unafraid of shocking references (Nazism, incest, global despotism), he can wrap frivolity in menace (“Nightclubbing”, “Funtime”, “China Girl”). One wonders if there wasn’t some opioid influence (there was—the best). But the penetrating psychological spadework goes deep, if the listener is willing to open up. Be careful. But setting aside the proletarian pomposity in the title, the lyrics, the cover art, Iggy Pop does produce a good sound. It helps to have a friend in producer David Bowie (who I suspect used this recording project as an experiment for his own future works). He (Pop? Bowie? Take your pick) understands the importance of a solid bass foundations, slow tempos, and the mood-inducing legato of the chord progressions and synthesized backgrounds. Unfortunately, Pop’s voice is recorded with a muddy tone and with a bit too much reverb that are only transcended in the highs (as in the excellent last verse of “China Girl”, a song which is way, way better than Bowie’s later version ). And the production would have been vastly improved with real instead of synthesized strings. When this album was released, it sounded like the future. Forty-five years later it doesn’t quite sound like the past. It remains attractive, mysterious, enigmatic, and haunting. It only and intentionally seems like idiocy to the cultured. Yet it pries into the listener’s soul and suggests a horrifying climax and denouement—but I don’t want to spoil the ending of Dostoevsky’s novel. Listen to this album when you’re in the mood to brood. Then pick up a good book. 3/5
I like Iggy & the Stooges and David Bowie separately, but a Bowie song with Iggy singing in a way that doesn’t suit his voice is merely OK.
nice to hear some of the earlier Iggy that is a little more weird and mellow than more straight up rock/punk.
Rating: 6/10 Best songs: China girl
This music is not a catalyst for Iggy’s voice like the proto-punk stylings of The Stooges nor his later albums, as confirmed by a sampling of Lust for Life. That’s not to say the music isn’t good. It just doesn’t pair well with Iggy. Highlights include Sister Midnight, the future NIN sample on Nightclubbing, and the guitars at the end of China Girl. This falls on the low end of ***.
The conversation about the Bowie-esque nature of this album I spot on. Didn’t hate it. Didn’t love it.
Gritty spooky punk rock.
kinda dark avante garde album. Interesting.
Kurzes Review, weil wenig Zeit gehabt: ist cool, aber hat mich auch nicht umgehauen.
Hat am Anfang geROCKt aber war mir dann etwas zu flach und gleich alles. Einige gute Banger sind aber dabei. Kp was rechtfertigen sollte, dass zwei Songs über 7 Minuten gehen. 6/10
OK - not his best
My least favourite Iggy album.
This was different than what I thought when I saw Iggy Pop. Much less punk rock, I guess it is his early stuff. It was fine, but didn't blow me away as being extraordinary.
Pretty raw... The Idiot was the first result of the collaboration with Bowie and, in fact, the prototype for Bowie's own album Low. (6/10) FT: Nightclubbing, China Girl
I mean...it was okay, I guess? I don't hate Iggy Pop's music--I enjoyed the Passenger as much as anyone but this album wasn't really my thing. It wasn't aggressively bad--there we're a few good tracks, including my fave, Nightclubbing. But overall this album was a solid meh. Didn't hate it, but wouldn't listen again.
Pretty good. Mostly enjoyed, especially first half. Would listen again.
Classic Iggy Pop album, always find it strange hearing anyone other than Bowie sing China Girl.
Pour moi la meilleure chanson d’Iggy Pop est The Passenger qui se retrouve sur l’album suivant Lust For Life, également produit par David Bowie. The Idiot est tout de même un bon album, mais on est plus proche de l’univers de Bowie que de l’univers d’Iggy Pop qui cassait la baraque avec les Stooges. Donc en terme d’authenticité, Lust For Life représente mieux Iggy Pop. Étant un fan de Bowie, j’aime tout de même cet album. On est au début de la période Berlinoise de Bowie ici puisqu’il a enregistré Low au même moment. Je trouve que les 2 artistes font du bon boulot ensemble. Malheureusement pour Iggy (ou heureusement d’un côté), Bowie a eu plus de succès avec sa reprise de China Girl qu’il a retravaillé avec Nike Rodgers sur Let’s Dance. Ça lui a par contre procuré des droits d’auteur sur la chanson. Fun fact, le kick de Nightclubbing à été utilisé pour le beat de Closer de Nine Inch Nails. Pièces préférées: Dum Dum Boys, Nightclubbing, Mass Production (pour le côté musical, pas la meilleure performance vocale)
Première écoute, j'avais rien lu comme à mon habitude pour pas teinter mon écoute et je trouvais que ça sonnait comme du Bowie. Je savais qu'ils avaient été proche mais sans plus. Turns out j'avais pas tort 😆 J'ai plus aimé que je pensais. C'est pas le chanteur du siècle mais ça marche dans le style. Un peu expérimental mais pas trop, ça s'écoute bien tout ça
Very Bowie-esque showing from Iggy. Not very punk in this one, but more dramatic tunes that make you feel like you're in the big city late at night. It was good, nice to see another side to his music.
A competent mashup for sure. Never really could stand Iggy's way of singing though. Too bad I guess as I probably would have loved this otherwise.
A little drone-y and semi-sinister dude drawl for my taste. I will allow there is despite my tastes some obvious brilliance at play.
4/10/2022 Today's Album: "The Idiot" by Iggy Pop - This song was apparently a collaboration with David Bowie and it definitely sounds like it in the production. It reminds me of a lot of the strange experimental sounds I was hearing on the Aladdin Sane record from a few reviews ago, but with strange and creepy post-punk Iggy pop all over it. From the off vocals to the strange key, this album screams creepy, but with a really listenable twist. I think this collaboration goes over particularly well because each of them are bringing their weirdest ideas to the table to create something that sounds really interesting, but also so twisted or demented. It definitely took a detailed listen with headphones to really get a lot of the ideas on this record and frankly, I would say the 5 songs with less than 3 million streams are all comparably worse than the ones with more. I love the track China Girl for its toy piano and I really like the 8 minute long Dum Dum Boys but I think the latter is just too long with too little variety to be a repeat listen kind of track. Tiny Girls is sort of cute but the lyrics are kind of messed up and I don't like the vocals at all. The finisher is kind of interesting I guess, but it sort of sounds like Bowie trying to do his best Roger Water impression and just not being very good at it. The instrumental gets truly weird and I think there is a lot to say about the experimentation of it, but the vocals just really don't back it up at all. Although it ends the album in a decent way by wrapping up a lot of the themes, it's only because the only consistent theme of this album is being fucking weird and it is just 8 minutes of stranger and stranger noise. If you are a David Bowie fanboy, this is probably a must listen because the production really sounds like the weirdest side of Bowie in the best way, but I think I just don't like when they go off the deep end and really get experimental. I would give the Highlights a listen if you can handle slightly stranger pop music, but leave most of it for what it is, which is a bunch of experimentation with a very small amount grounded in some solid pop ideas. Score: 6/10 Highlights: Sister Midnight, Nightclubbing, Baby, China Girl
Brenda from Bristol says "you're joking - not another one?!" How many Iggy Pop albums are in this list? It's significant, in that, after Iggy's rehab, only with Bowie's backing, the record company would give this album a chance. In that context, the album becomes more interesting - without it, although well produced, it's fairly average.
Enjoyed, some recognizable tunes and fune proto punk poppy album from the Iggster
The Idiot is an avant-garde album similar to David Bowie's records of the same era. So it comes as no surprise to learn that Bowie also appears as co-songwriter and musician. It's not a pretty album to listen to and at times it feels more like an experiment in making noise than making music. It's a hard to judge its merit as you have to take it on it's own terms which was presumably to make some wacked out sounds.
05/01/2022 Pretty decent; ultimately, another one that's just not for me.
after having listened to lust for life first, this albums seems to be a musical piece composition piece that is mostly contributed by bowie while iggy only supplied vocals that arent as prominent
this album is a pain in the ass to listen to because it has interesting ideas and sounds but it ended being fucking annoying and repetitive. did we need more than one iggy pop album on this list? 2 stars!!!!
Dum Dum Boys was fine, but music was too clunky and disjointed for me.
Didn't really like it
Pretty weird, iconic, but weird.
I know who he is, but I’m not impressed by his debut album.
Vrij snel maar gestopt met luisteren, dit zal vast een legende zijn van zijn dag maar zieke skip
I don’t love it don’t hate it.
Does really inspire me
this album did not grab me. not a huge fan of Iggy Pop's sound on this one
Je m'attendais à plus de Iggy Pop. Les chansons que je connaissais était très bonne, mais ici il y a pas grand chose qui sonnait particulièrement intéressant à mes oreilles.
Muy normalito. Está China Girl que hizo famosa David Bowie.
Ouin on est loin du chef d’œuvre, je l’ai rien trouver d’innovateur ni rien de bon. Album plate à écouter sans être mauvais à ne pas écouter Je l’évite les deux premières tounes sont pas écouta les Je lévite, l’album court c’est parfait, mais china girl c’était bon
I've kind of always thought of Iggy Pop as "unrefined David Bowie", and Pop's take on China Girl is hard for me to listen to, but also illustrates this point. It's not that Iggy Pop isn't great, it's that I'd rather just listen to David Bowie.
I can imagine this sounded like nothing else back in 1977. The collaboration with Bowie is obvious; he mostly sounds like Bowie with a harder edge.
Really didn't enjoy this album. Not horrible or anything just dull and not particularly musical or interesting.
Didn’t realize China Girl was his song first! All in all this album is ok. I’ve heard better from him.
God first song in and I already know I'm not gonna like this. If I ignore his voice and squint really hard I can kind of see LCD being influenced by this sound.
Sister midnight was good. Same with China girl. Good guitar. Fine overall
Kinda felt like he wrote Nightclubbing and decided to call it an album. All of the songs just sound the same. Highlight: 2, and 6.
Niet super, veel dezelfde sound. Tiny girls best song
mehh, issa no for me, goed voor achtergrond maar must listen? nomaan
At least I enjoyed reading the wiki page for this one - wasn't aware Bowie and Iggy had such a close friendship and collaboration. Musically this is just solidifying my dislike of Iggy Pop. His lyrics and vocal melodies are quite low effort, doesn't seem like he's too bothered.
Tja niet heel veel boeiend. Heel licht deed het me denken aan David Bowie maar dan niet op een goede manier. Zoals gezegd. Niks speciaals maar ook niet heel verkeerd ofzo. Misschien leuk als er 1 of 2 nummers voorbij komen in een random playlist
I'm torn on this album. Some of the songs I really liked and enjoyed as they were original and interesting without being scathing. However, the album is plagued with mediocre progressions and bad mixing. In addition, the singer's voice is difficult to understand at times, and due to the emphasis of it in most of the songs, it bogs them down. Favorite track: China Girl
This isn't for me, I don't think. It's more atonal and drugged-up than I prefer. Not the worst music ever, but definitely not my thing.
Raaaarrrrrrrrrrr. Wat moet ik er nog meer van zeggen? Titel van het album is wel heel toepasselijk. Als deze artiest op een zaterdagnacht een keer voorbij komt op Studio Brussel dan valt het niet eens op. Maar ik denk wel dat ik dan een andere zender ga zoeken. Niet dat het heel slecht is allemaal, maar gewoon heel oninteressant. Zo'n 50 jaar geleden zal gitaren aanslingeren en zweverig zingen wel bevrijdend zijn geweest in een politiek bestel dat beklemmend was of zo. Ik begrijp dat David Bowie ook aan dit album heeft bijgedragen, maar dan denk ik dat meneer Iggy Pop het niveau toch flink naar beneden heeft gehaald. Zelfs het leuke nummer "China Girl" weet hij nog de vernieling in te helpen met wat jam-sessies op gitaar.
this sounds like all my least favorite bowie songs. it's boring, all the songs feel like they last for double their length.
Iggy Pop's debut album with major support from David Bowie. It's an art rock album with many different rock sub-genres, and it was a newish area of music for Iggy Pop. It sounded okay, but it's not the type of music I seek out.
It was alright. Not my favorite
It's fine but I'm unlikely to listen to it again. Never quite understood the praise for Iggy Pop. Other than The Passenger, his songs don't seem particularly special. Always assumed his popularity was down to his eccentric and extreme on-stage persona rather than his accomplishments as a songwriter, so it's surprising to me that he's included in the top 1001 albums of all time. The highlight was when the album finished and spotify immediately started playing Captain Beefheart
Some catchy hooks but most songs are quite forgettable. The final track pulled it back slightly as I do love a rambling jam and I liked the guitar effects.
This is the type of music I expect to be playing on the stereo when I walk into a room full of people laying on the floor doing heroin. It's not really my style but was an interesting album nonetheless.
When I saw this picture I thought I must be mistaken about who Iggy Pop was, but it turns out I was right and this album cover is probably the last time he ever wore a shirt. It is incredibly easy to know the names of these songs as the lyrics are basically him saying them over and over. Album was not offensively bad or anything, just not my steeze.
I guess this was fine, but didn't grab me as being very interesting. Mr Pop's voice isn't really to my taste either. 2.5/5
First Listen. Standouts: Nightclubbing, China Girl
Underwhelmed. Considering it was Iggy Pop I was expecting something more... interesting?
Not as bad as I’d expected, good in parts but still only 2*
Messy as might be expected but very little of interest.
Upon reading the history, my dislike for this album doesn't really make sense. There's a lot of Bowie influence in this album related to the Berlin Trilogy, of which I sorta liked Low. "The Idiot" misses where Low hits, specifically the instrumental sections. Mass production is a good example of this, where the experimental instrumentals are more jarring than inspiring. Iggy Pop's voice also just sounds off to me in some odd way. Furthermore, Tiny Girls really hits the wrong note with me. I don't quite know why and I don't think it's the intention but to me it just sounds like Iggy wants to be with a girl who's really young
Didn’t get into it. Possibly just really bothered by China Girl track
more interesting that actually good. It's defo got a mood. 2.
I love Iggy. I love Bowie. I don't care for Iggy simply sounding like Bowie.
Nightclubbing slapped. Some dope things here
ekki alveg ég
Second one was a bit better
Who is that on the cover of this album!? That's Iggy Pop?? It's not just the hair... I'm not sure I've ever seen a picture of Iggy that wasn't bare-chested. Once I got over that shock, I wanted to know where this fit into Iggy's career. We were previously randomly generated the Stooges "Raw Power," so where does this solo album fit in? And on that journey I discovered a deep musical connection I had no idea of - that of Iggy Pop and David Bowie. After Bowie produced "Raw Power," their lives and careers became intertwined, making music together, moving to Europe together, and trying to get clean together. I haven't listened to a whole lot of Bowie (no randomly generated albums yet, so mostly just familiar with the hits), so I'm not well-equipped to recognize his influence on "The Idiot." But apparently it was vast, with the album often referred to as more of a Bowie album than an Iggy album. But whoever it sounds like, I’m not a fan.
Iggy is a legend for a reason. And the reason is The Stooges. Not necessarily his solo work. This album has it's moments, but it's pretty clear that it's a passion project, not a commercial one. None of the songs really pop or sell. This is one of those albums that are good to know about - even if you can only tolerate them once.
meh, not really my thing. some brass and other instrumentals were nice, the vocals were kinda odd.
Very very uneven album. Understanding this was made with Bowie producing and as a bit of a passion project, I forgive some of its unpolished edges and indulgences, but overall I have to give it a solid "C" grade. It's got some bangers on it (really enjoyed China Girl and Dum Dum Boys) but also some really not fun songs (Funtime, Nightclubbing, Tiny Girls). Sorta like a knock off or so-so cover act of Bowie. (Also as it goes on, Mass Production just gets... so unlistenable... eight minutes?!)
Not seeing the appeal of this one. All the charm of punk with non of the energy. I was tempted to slip it a cheeky 3 after a couple of decent songs on the second half, but the last track is deeply unpleasant.
Some interesting moments but meh
Wenn man den Kontext ausblendet also die Rockstar Drogen Psychose die sich langsam ins Dunkle wandelt bleibt für mich soundtechnisch nicht viel übrig was mich überzeugt. Es ist iwie ein Brei für mich in dem ich keine Highlights feststellen kann. Vermutlich das falsche Mindset für das Album aber schaffs auch nicht da anders ranzugehen.
Не мой жанр
A weird and mixed bag of tracks in my opinion. I liked "Baby" and "Sister Midnight". But found "Nightclubbing" and "Mass Production" so annoying that I wouldn't want to listen to the album in full again.
Okay - bit dull
meh. I like Iggy and all, but this is more just a bad Bowie album.
I am familiar with Iggy Pop but I was not familiar with any of the songs. The album was ok. It is not surprising that David Bowie produced it as it sounds similar to some of Bowie's music. Although nothing is really noteworthy about it.
Definitely still not a fan of Iggy Pop and/or The Stooges. This album was mostly just somewhat noisy, unappealing and uncomfortable without redeeming qualities to speak of. Dum Dum Boys was fine and I liked the saxophone on Tiny Girls.
Best Song: Dum Dum Boys. I liked the opening dialogue, leading into a warped and stretched opening that almost sounds like Pink Floyd. Worst Song: Tiny Girls. There is no world in which this song isn't creepy. Also, why is his voice like that? Is he singing from atop a working washing machine? Overall: Discordant in an ugly way. The latter half of "Mass Production" seemed almost designed to annoy.
Not the Iggy Pop that I'm used to. This was much slower and less aggressive. I know Bowie produced it, but the album sounds like Iggy trying to do Bowie and it just doesn't work for me.
nothing good. instrumentals shit was irritating
Didn't enjoy this Iggy album either :(
I understand the appeal to Iggy and the like. This is just NOT my cup of tea. Bowie is pretty much as far as I'll go down this psychedelic glam rabbit hole.
Pretty much all wailing slow jams that I got no enjoyment out of with the exception of Funtime. I think this album has its place but it reminds me of New Order’s We All Stand or LCD Soundsystem’s Someone’s Calling Me. Not bad songs but definitely low points on their respective albums.
Didn’t enjoy this
i really didn't like it very much.
I was waiting for the album to end from the first song. The only somewhat good song was China Girl but it seems problematic
Schlecht wie man ihn kennt.
Hate Iggy Pop!
I liked it