My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: The Idiot is the first solo album from Iggy Pop. The Idiot was recorded in heavy collaboration with David Bowie prior to the recording of his album Low in 1976. Pop generally wrote the lyrics while Bowie supplied the music. The album was released in January of 1977.
What I think: I generally enjoyed the Stooges albums and was curious about how Pop’s initial solo album would sound. The Bowie Berlin influence certainly makes it darker and less guitar driven, but it’s still great in other ways and I really like everything here except maybe the 8 and a half minute closer “Mass Production”. Highlights for me are “Nightclubbing” (whose beat was later sampled for the Nine Inch Nails son “Closer”), “China Girl”, which is the only time on the album Pop’s vocals get really aggressive, and “Dum Dum Boys” which has a real nice live feel to it. If I have a general complaint about the album it is that Pop’s vocals are a bit buried in the mix.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do agree it should be here, it’s a good album and stands on its own even when ignoring the links to Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (305 /398)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%