Tuesday, May 8, 2007

IGGY POP - Lust For Life

Lust for Life is a 1977 album by Iggy Pop, his second collaboration with David Bowie following The Idiot, released earlier in the year. As well as being a critical success, it was Pop's most commercially popular album to date. The title track gained further exposure two decades later when it was featured on the soundtrack of the film Trainspotting (1996).
The album is generally considered to be more of an Iggy Pop record than the Bowie-dominated The Idiot, being less experimental musically and having more of a rock and roll flavour. However some of its themes were similarly dark, as in "The Passenger", long regarded one of Pop’s most haunting tracks, and "Tonight" and "Turn Blue", both of which dealt with heroin abuse. Balanced against this were more optimistic songs like "Success" and "Lust for Life", the latter promising “No more beating my brains / With the liquor and drugs”. The cover photo, featuring the singer's maniacal grin, was taken by Alan Kent, who also shot the cover for The Idiot.
David Bowie, Iggy Pop and engineer Colin Thurston produced the album under the pseudonym "Bewlay Bros." (name via the final track on Bowie’s Hunky Dory). Recording took place at Hansa Studios in Berlin and featured Ricky Gardiner and Carlos Alomar on guitars with Hunt and Tony Sales on drums and bass, respectively. Trivia buffs have noted that, with Bowie’s presence on keyboards and backing vocals, the band included three-quarters of the future Tin Machine line-up, missing only Reeves Gabrels; in fact it was the Sales brothers’ hard-rocking contribution to this album that led Bowie to invite them to join Tin Machine twelve years later.
Lust for Life reached #28 in the UK charts. "Success" b/w "The Passenger" was released as a single in October 1977. A number of tracks appeared the following year on the live set TV Eye. Bowie covered "Tonight" (minus the opening lines referencing drugs) with Tina Turner, as well as "Neighborhood Threat", on his 1984 release Tonight. "The Passenger" has been performed by Nick Cave, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Michael Hutchence (on the Batman Forever soundtrack) and R.E.M., amongst others. Duran Duran covered "Success" on the faves collection Thank You. "Lust For Life" has been played by many artists including Yo La Tengo, The Damned, Tom Jones and The Pretenders, and David Bowie live, and is used as bumper music on The Jim Rome Show. It is also used as the theme music for the ongoing advertising campaign for Royal Caribbean International. Its distinctive riff is commonly cited as a key inspiration for Jet’s 2003 hit single "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?".

"Lust for Life" – 5:13
"Sixteen" – 2:26
"Some Weird Sin" – 3:42
"The Passenger" – 4:44
"Tonight" – 3:39
"Success" – 4:25
"Turn Blue" – 6:56
"Neighborhood Threat" – 3:25
"Fall in Love with Me" – 6:30


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Matty said...

Thnx For the Lou Reed, keep up the great work!!!

YUTOPIA said...

Uvijek spreman za Iggyja , MORE Iggy - please !!!!

rdog said...

you rock.

Anonymous said...

thx for this link…