My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Lust for Life is Iggy Pop’s second release of 1977 is was recorded quickly from April to June of the same year. Like The Idiot, this album was also done in conjunction with David Bowie.
What I think: Although not everything grabs hold of me, this is another solid album by Iggy Pop. You have the well known songs “Lust for Life” and “The Passenger”, which are like two sides of the same coin in their outlooks on life and are of course great songs. My favorites here though are really the two longest song towards the end. With “Turn Blue” Iggy sings a soulful and painful vocal in a song about heroin addiction that is absolutely heart wrenching. “Fall in Love with Me” is a semi-tender song that starts with a The Strokes type distorted vocal, that clears up and sounds like Jim Morrison by the end. It’s a pretty cool contrast.
Speaking of The Strokes, I don’t know if there is a more obvious influence of this album than in the early 2000’s garage rock scene. “Lust for Life” was pretty much lifted for Jet’s “Are You Going to Be My Girl”, but the reset of the record is also a template for a lot of those bands.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s good, sometimes great. I’ll allow it.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (307 /403)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%