Iggy Pop's 'The Idiot' and 'Lust for Life' Get Vinyl Reissues
Published May 17, 2016It's been the year of Pop. Iggy Pop, that is. Following the master proto-punker's recent, well-respected Post Pop Depression collaboration with Josh Homme, it's been revealed that some of the singer's earliest solo triumphs are getting some brand new vinyl pressings. His The Idiot and Lust for Life are being put back on wax October 21 via 4 Men with Beards.
Coming up a couple of years after the Stooges had disbanded, 1977's The Idiot marked Pop's formal solo debut. A press release notes that the record followed "several jailings and a self-imposed stay in a mental institution."
Produced by David Bowie, the record was tracked between Hérouville, France's Château d'Hérouville, Munich's Musicland Studios and the famed Hansa Studio 1 in Berlin. The album featured the chilly, future Trainspotting-scoring "Nightclubbing" and the original version of "China Girl," which Bowie would later record for his massive 1983 release, Let's Dance.
Also issued in 1977, Lust for Life was a slightly peppier release, as evidenced by the throbbing bounce of its title cut, which was also used to great effect in Trainspotting. A press release calls the sophomore set "a return to the sloppy, sleazy, blues-y, swagger of the Stooges," with other highlights including glam-slam "Some Weird Sin," slinky classic "The Wanderer" and the rather dramatic and soulful "Tonight" (another track later redone by Bowie).
Both records appear to be arriving with their original tracklists, with no bonus tracks included. However, The Idiot will arrive on white vinyl, while Lust for Life will be pressed on yellow.
Below, you'll find Pop's 1996 music video for "Lust for Life."
Adding to Pop's busy 2016, it was revealed by the artist that he will be issuing his Total Chaos tell-all about his time in the Stooges this fall via Third Man Books. The book was written by Jeff Gold, with Johan Kugelberg, and is said to have Pop offering "candid, bare-all responses" to their questions.