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The Idiot

Iggy Pop

1977

The Idiot

Album Summary

The Idiot is the debut studio album by American musician Iggy Pop, released on March 18, 1977, through RCA Records. After the break-up of his band the Stooges in 1974, Pop struggled with drug addiction. Although attempts to get sober proved unsuccessful, by 1976, he was ready to end his addiction. Pop accepted an invitation to accompany his friend David Bowie on his Isolar Tour. At the end of the tour, Pop agreed to join Bowie, also struggling with drug addiction, in moving to Europe to rid themselves of their addictions. The two settled into the Château d'Hérouville in Hérouville, where Bowie agreed to produce an album for Pop. Described by Pop as "a cross between James Brown and Kraftwerk", The Idiot marks a departure from the proto-punk of the Stooges to a more subdued, mechanical sound with electronic overtones. Recording for it began at the château in June 1976 and continued into July. Further sessions took place at Musicland Studios in Munich in August. Bowie composed most of the music and contributed a major portion of the instrumentation. Pop wrote most of the lyrics in response to the music Bowie was creating. The album's title was taken from Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel of the same name, while Erich Heckel's painting Roquairol inspired its artwork. After the album was completed, Bowie began recording his next album Low, which features a sound similar to The Idiot. Low was released in January 1977 and was a commercial success, compelling RCA Records to release The Idiot two months later. Upon its release, the album received divided, albeit largely positive reviews from music critics, with many noting a change in musical tone from his earlier work, which received mixed responses. It charted in the US, the UK, and Australia. It was accompanied by the release of two singles, "Sister Midnight" and "China Girl", in February and May 1977, respectively; Bowie later issued his own version of "China Girl" as a single in 1983. Pop supported The Idiot with a tour in March and April 1977, with Bowie as his keyboardist. Afterwards, the two collaborated again on Pop's second studio album, Lust for Life (1977). Retrospectively, The Idiot has continued to be received positively, with many noting Pop's artistic evolution. However, because Bowie largely created it, fans do not generally consider the album as being representative of Pop's output. It has influenced post-punk, industrial, and gothic acts, including Joy Division.

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Rating

3.19

Votes

4784

Genres

  • Rock
  • Punk
  • Post Punk
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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.

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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.

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5

Bowie and Pop are a powerful duo.

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5

I'm into it. It's basically just a David Bowie album I haven't heard.

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5

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!

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5

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

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5

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.

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5

this is what happens when you mix Bowie, Iggy, Berlin and no heroin. Stay off drugs kids

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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.

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Impressive to make an album that I like nothing about. Not the music. Not the vibe. Not the vocals. Nothing.

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5

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.

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5

BEST BOI

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5

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.

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5

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

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4

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.

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4

Iggy makes a Bowie album. Fascinating.

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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.

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There was that one song I didn’t want to change halfway through.

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5

What a freaking record.

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Raw

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no lust for life but

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5

Absolute mad cunt of an album, didn't realise Bowie did so much on it too, and china girl *chefs kiss*

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5

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.

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5

Uno de mis discos favoritos. Dum Dum Boys da mucho miedo.

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5

Great album, few bangers in there I didn't know was iffg pop

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5

A a long-time perennial favorite. Listened yet again because it's so good.

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5

This ode hit it on the head. I really liked it much more than his (I assume) layer heavier stuff

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5

An unexpected 5. Every track added to the playlist

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Absolute

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so great

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5

an unexpected gem! Very Bowie-esque

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5

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.

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5

No surprises that Bowie produced this mater piece. Incredible album, perfectly weird without being totally inaccessible. Nightclubing and Dum Sum Boys arey highlights.

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5

This was haunting and so atmospheric

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I had no idea that I liked Iggy Pop. Smashing!

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5

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.

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5

Fantastic

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Very like:)

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5

The second album, after Lady Soul by Aretha Franklin, I've been motivated to buy after listening to this. Really its the fourth of Bowie's Berlin trilogy, or rather the first, and that's reason enough.

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Wow. I didn't know how Bowie Iggy's Bowie album was going to be. I've been mad generous with the 5* reviews this week, but it looks like that run is going to carry on today! I didn't even know China Girl was a cover! Everything plays like Glam on antidepressants, which sounds better than the simile does. The drums go big, the emotions go flat and resigned. It woooorrrrrks!!!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amJUMYE3Qho

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As a casual listener of Iggy Pop over the years, I really would not have guessed that Iggy had this kind of album in him. It's exceptional, probably the best he's ever done. I love it more each time I hear it. David Bowie's fingerprints are obviously all over this. It has a lot of the markers of a late 70s Bowie album, the disciplined use of repetition and dissonance, the little touches of soul. But what Iggy brings to the table is his punk sensibility, as well as his trademark authoritative, yet detached vocal style. He also wrote most of the lyrics, which were dark and surprisingly artful. It's a collaboration that really works, one I don't really want to stop listening to. Fave Songs (All songs from most to least favorite): China Girl, Mass Production, Baby, Nightclubbing, Funtime, Dum Dum Boys, Tiny Girls, Sister Midnight

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5

Classic from the Godfather of Punk

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GOAT Pop Punk

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4

8/10, pretty great Bowie album and a nice left turn for Iggy. OG China Girl is best

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4

Excellent exemplification of music at late 70s. Also discovered that China girl wasn't only Bowie's! Really enjoyed this album.

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4

Love the sound. Sparse lyrics with droning vocals. Crazy instrumentation with synths.

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Lekker relaxed album met de cover China Girl erop. Kan erg genieten van de stem van Iggy.

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8

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I liked it. cool album

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Great album, don't think I'd ever listened to the whole thing before. Dum Dum Girls was a standout for me.

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4

- Interesting stretched voices - classic rock/ pop - definetly see where it's influenced bowie

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4

Może nawet 4.5

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4

Quite good! A bit dark, and not the vibe I'd listen to 24/7, but definitely worth listening to

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4

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.

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4

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.

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4

Great album

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4

!!

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4

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

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4

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

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4

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

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4

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.

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4

Great album. You can defo hear Bowie in it. Really simplistic, but very well executed

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4

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.

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4

Pretty cool. Sounds like the beginnings of post punk.

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4

Some pretty good jams on here. A few overstay their welcome but overall a solid album.

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Mass production is echt ziek Ik ben fan van het album en ga het nog eens beluisteren

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4

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.

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4

goes hard

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4

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.

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4

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.

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4

China girl is a banger, first time i have heard it

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4

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.

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4

Way cooler than expected. China Girl? OMG!

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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

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4

Pretty interesting album. I haven't listened to much art rock before. No sleepers on this album. Liked the melodies and the mood.

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4

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.

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4

Это важно

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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.

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4

Yes

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This was a nice surprise, learned a bit about rock history when digging in to some of the details.

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4

Love it. Listening to this has made me at least 5% more cool than I was yesterday.

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6.5/10 F.t.: China Girl

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4

Cool sound. Makes me think of St Vincent.

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spoopy music

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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.

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4

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

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4

Has a few songs from Trainspotting so has to be a good one!

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4

Low side A. Best track: China Girl

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4

Really great. Didn't stick around for the end.

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Awesome

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4

I like Iggy Pop. This is good stuff. In fact I prefer his version of China Girl to Bowie's.

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4

This was great! I listened twice actually. I love the range here, slow and sexy some of them but others fast and poppy.

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4

Really cool album. A notch below his Stooges' work. 7-8/10 1. China Girl 2. Nightclubbing 3. Sister Midnight

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4

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

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4

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.

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4

Enjoyable and well-crafted but not as memorable as I expected

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4

Minimalisk. Early NIN vibes. Reznor greinilega aðdáandi. Greinileg áhrif á QOTSA líka.

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4

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.

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4.5

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4

I can smell the white powder dripping off this.

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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

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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

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4

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.

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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.

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4

Surprisingly cool

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4

Very solid. Can hear the Bowie influence throughout.

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4

I love the mood of this album

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4

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.

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Yeah I like. More listens.

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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

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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.

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4

Really great album. Never heard this before (except for Bowie's version of China Girl. Standouts: Sister Midnight, Nightclubbing,

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4

Enjoyed every song. Solid listen

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Vraiment bon j’ai pas vu letemps passe. 5

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4

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.

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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.

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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.

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4

Venga, 4. China Girl.

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4

Un tanto flojo para ser de Iggy Pop. Un 4.

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Iggy can do no wrong in this dojo. Love my Detroit passenger

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4

Fuck yeah, 500 albums

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4

Bowie & Iggy working together après addiction, some really interesting stuff on this one, at a time when punk was taking off Iggy was moving from his proto punk style to a new more electronic style heavily influenced by Bowies future approach in the Berlin Trilogy (Low/Heroes/Lodger). I Love "Sister Midnight" "Nightclubbing" "Baby" "China Girl" and "Tiny Girls" Suitably On this list I feel.

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Jag är ändå förtjust i iggy pop, det är partaj. men gillade inte det starka skriket i första låten :(

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4

A lil bit of Iggy Pop weirdness? Don't mind if I do! Fave track - "Mass Production"

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4

Vraiment un nice son, pas une mauvaise pièce, définitivement regarder le reste du catalogue des Stooges et Iggy Pop

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4

Hvor hadde vi vært uten dette?

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Surpris d'avoir aimé

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4

Standouts: Nightclubbing, Baby, China Girl, Sister Midnight.

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4

This album serves as a fascinating companion piece to David Bowie's Low, which was made around the same time. Both albums were a product of Bowie and Pop working together in Berlin and experiencing the Krautrock movement that was still underway at the time. At first listen, I still prefer Low to this album, but the consistency of the sound between the two albums is really striking. It's like two artists finishing the same half-painted canvas in two different ways. The similarities between the two serve to highlight the core differences between Pop and Bowie. The Idiot is the more dark and gritty of the two. Even when it's upbeat it's a little off. The electronic elements on the album work very well with Iggy's lyrical style. This is one I think I'm going to seek out on vinyl 4/5

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4

Have always been a big Iggy fan and this is good stuff

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4

I instantly fell very accustomed to the sound of this music like I knew it and it didn't feel like a iggy pop album and later I learn that David bowie played a huge role in this album and the puzzle pieces fell back to place

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4

Really solid album. Love the dark atmosphere and you can hear Bowie all over it.

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4

I love Iggy Pop. I love David Bowie. I feel like Bowie was playing it safe, testing sobriety for a min, easing into Low. Who knows wtf I'm talking about, these thoughts just appear. I'm into it but I dislike China Girl damnit (inuding subsequent versions)

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The story behind the album is interesting -- I know not everyone is into it, but I happen to love learning about the background, context, and process through which art is created -- and it's cool to hear the Bowie influences on his sound here. I think this is a really good album. Memorable riffs and melodies, some superb performances by the musicians, and I can hear how it informed some music that followed. Glad I was introduced to this.

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4

Love hearing and reading about China Girl. David Bowie did it better but Iggy's is still memorable.

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It's always a treat to be exposed to the albums that helped form the roots of rock music as we know it today. This record has a very "back to basics" feel obviously, and it's evident that it served as a foundation for much of the music that came after it. Apparently, it was done alongside David Bowie so no wonder it's also very Bowie-esque. I'll keep a few of these tracks on regular rotation from now on, particularly China Girl, Dum Dum Boys & Tiny Girls.

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It can't go wrong when it's with Bowie

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4

a week and a half ago i was in a bar and an iggy pop song came on and i had the thought that i should listen to more iggy pop and here we are. i really dig it

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4

Wow...How have I not listened to this album before! I know Nightclubbing via Trainspotting...but I did not know Iggy recorded China Girl before Bowie...I will always prefer Bowies version but this was pretty cool...the album is a really slick and almost modern surprise, holds up amazingly well.

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4

Bowie and Iggy together is a great thing, as with Bowie and Lou. It's remarkably raw for being Bowie involved during the mid-to-late-seventies.

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Wel leuk, doet me een beetje denken aan the doors, the cure.

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4

I liked it and learned that “China Girl” was co-written by Iggy Pop and David Bowie. This album is dark and moody and I found myself digging it generally. Still, it didn’t incite the excitement I got from “Lust For Life.”

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4

Never listened to Iggy before. Really enjoyed this album and the themes of the music

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4

Great

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Less punk than I expected.

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some of it I really enjoyed, but not exactly my first choice

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Bowie

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Can definitely hear Bowie's influence all over it. Pretty good.

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Favorite: Sister Midnight

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Bad Bowie cover band

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Vielleicht ist Rock einfach nicht so mein Ding? Ganz ok.

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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

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I had not listened to this abum before. A few nice songs on this album.

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Good first album but not the best

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Some decent tunes on here.

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ughhh i rly like iggy pop but this album just isn't great

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Nightclubbing is amazing. Definitely hearing the Bowie influence here, didn't realize he was a producer on this one.

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Interesting

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It's fine.

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I do not like singer voice, but else it is fine

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War in ander

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Semibängeri Vissa lite väl "classic rock" men bra fiilis överlag.

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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

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I had no idea Iggy Pop recorded a David Bowie record.

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Ididot

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Definitely ahead of its time by a decade. Loved Nightclubbing but can't see replaying the others much.

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A personal record which feels like coming out of the darkness. Very good album to listen as a whole...

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3/5

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Thought I would enjoy this more than I did

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This was okay. Couple of good songs.

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Dum dum boys - fav song (david bowie)

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Very listenable. China Girl and Dum Dum Boys are the stand out tracks imho.

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Yeah you can hear Bowie's influence.

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Berlin Bowie rip off

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gave it another go, but its just not going to happen

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Nightclubbing and the ultra-well-known by the Bowie's version, China Girl are this album highlights. Definitely not my favourite Iggy's record

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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!

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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.

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Funkier than I thought... Lots of Bowie vibes.

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Typical Iggy Pop. Nice.

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Nothing special but not unpleasant

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I like Iggy Pop, it has a few good songs but I don't think I'd listen to the album again.

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I enjoyed this more than I thought. China girl was awesome.

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I liked it, very similar to Bowie from that era obviously

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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.

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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.

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Nothing that special here.

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A good Iggy album, an average Bowie album. Influential nevertheless

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It was fine, nothing really stuck out, however, I think on more listens I could like and appreciate it more.

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Walked towards a thunderstorm to this. What an idi... Standout Tracks: NIghtclubbing, China Girls, Mass Production

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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.

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Sounded like a weirder version of Bowie in a good way

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I find Iggy Pop more palatable in small doses. A whole album in one sitting gets a bit janky

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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.

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Pretty good. I dig.

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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.

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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!

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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

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I’ve got tons of respect for iggy but this album never really lived up to the hype for me

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