The Idiot was Iggy Pop's first post the Stooges album and the one Dame David Bowie had a huge hand in by co-writing and producing. It had a dark electronic sound not dissimilar to Bowie's Berlin trilogy albums. It was a huge influence on the likes of Depeche Mode and Joy Division and it was the last record Ian Curtis listened to just before he took his own life.
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180g white vinyl reissue LP on 4 Men With Beards. Edition of 1000 copies.
10/10 Robert Jones 6th August 2016
Iggy Pop told Lisa Robinson of the NME in 1976, that his new record will be a cross between James Brown and Kraftwerk.
By then, Ig's status had gone through the roof thanks to a rowdy bunch called The Sex Pistols, who had singlehandedly revived
Ig's career with their feral cover of "No Fun". Suddenly, on both sides of the Atlantic, Iggy and The Stooges became THE name to drop. The issue of the brutal "Metallic K.O" album, a terrifying snapshot of The Stooges' last concert in February 1974, where Iggy was beaten up by bikers just added an even greater status.
So when "The Idiot" was released in the spring of 1977, the general viewpoint ranged from bemusement to outright hostility.
Gone were the raging guitars. Instead, it was replaced by an icy motorised sound with an even icier Iggy crooning over themechanised beat. With Bowie writing the music, the reality was this was a marriage of great minds who looking at a muchbigger picture. This was the sound that inspired Magazine, the Pixies, Arctic Monkeys and of course Joy Division.
Yet again, Iggy had made another masterpiece which wasn't acknowledged at the time. When "Lust For Life" was released six months later to huge acclaim, this equally brilliant gem was utterly overlooked.
When Pop issued the marvellous 2016 "Post Pop Depression" this year , it was the brooding atmosphere of "The Idiot" that came to mind. It was made all the more poignant that Bowie had died a few months earlier.
"The Idiot" is magnificent. Beg, steal or borrow you need to have this album in your record collection.
10/10 Jack 1st February 2015
Iggy Pop made his official debut as a solo artist with this record and has struggled to scale the heights of this brilliant album since. Drugged up & boozed up after The Stooges broke up, Iggy was in the midst of a downward spiral when Bowie dragged him off to Berlin, got him sobered up (somewhat) and helped him write a couple of rockin' albums (see Lust for Life). In 1977 when this was released, Iggy said in an interview "I'm not a punk anymore!"... when The Ramones, The Sex Pistols & The Clash were only beginning Iggy had already proved all he could to punk and was moving on. Bowie's influence is heavy here, providing brilliant and catchy music for Iggy to lay his lyrics on top of. Iggy has upwards of 15 solo albums (not counting live albums and compilations) and this is right at the top of the list of ones to own.
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