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Kill City (Remastered)

Iggy Pop & James Williamson

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Album Review

To say Iggy Pop had hit bottom in 1975 is an understatement; after the final collapse of the Stooges, Iggy sank deep into drug addiction and depression, and he eventually checked himself into a mental hospital in a desperate effort to get himself clean and functional again. At the same time, James Williamson, his guitarist and writing partner in the last edition of the Stooges, still believed their collaboration had some life in it, and he talked his way into Jimmy Webb's home studio to record demos in hopes of scoring a record deal. Iggy checked out of the hospital for a weekend to cut vocal tracks, and while the demos they made were quite good, no record companies were willing to take a chance on them. The tapes sat unnoticed until 1977, when Bomp! Records issued the 1975 demos under the title Kill City after Iggy launched a comeback with the David Bowie-produced The Idiot. Kill City never hits as hard as the manic roar of the Stooges' Raw Power, but the songs are very good, and the album's more measured approach suits the dark, honest tone of the material. The sense of defeat that runs through "Sell Your Love," "I Got Nothin'," and "No Sense of Crime" was doubtless a mirror of Iggy's state of mind, but he expressed his agony with blunt eloquence, and his sneering rejection of the Hollywood street scene in "Lucky Monkeys" is all the more cutting coming from a man who had lived through the worst of it. And in the title song, Iggy expressed his state of mind and sense of purpose with a fierce clarity: "If I have to die here, first I'm going to make some noise." Considering Iggy's condition in 1975, his vocals are powerful and full-bodied, as good as anything on his solo work of the 1970s. The music is more open and bluesy than on Raw Power, and while Williamson's guitar remains thick and powerful, here he's willing to make room for pianos, acoustic guitars, and saxophones, and the dynamics of the arrangements suggest a more mature approach after the claustrophobia of Raw Power. Kill City is rough, flawed, and dark, but it also takes the pain of Iggy's nightmare days and makes something affecting out of it, and considering its origins, it's a minor triumph.

Customer Reviews

Iggy Top!

The best album Iggy Pop ever made. Why? One: No interference from one David Bowie. Two: Iggy gets to speak from his heart.

The 'pull the siege guns back' approach works to perfection, allowing Iggy and James Williamson to meld songs that are now classick, if not classic. Brilliant!

This is Iggy after the Stooges. This is an album every rock fan should own. If you don't, then why don't you?

There is life after Punk. Iggy proved it with this album, even in spite of the fact it was recorded in 1975. Says it all, really.

Johanna got me hooked!

I was watching some german movie on sbs one night, and Johanna was played on the soundtrack. I loved it immediately. So i purchased kill city. I am now a hugggeeeee fan. I love this album. It is on high rotation. It is different to Iggy & Jame's previous genre of music, but it really works.....it works sooooo well!!! Sell your love..... for this album....it's worth it!!!

Biography

Born: 21 April 1947 in Muskegon, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

There's a reason why many consider Iggy Pop the godfather of punk: every single punk band of the past and present has either knowingly or unknowingly borrowed a thing or two from Pop and his late-'60s/early-'70s band, the Stooges. Born on April 21, 1947, in Muskegon, Michigan, James Newell Osterberg was raised by his parents in a trailer park close to Ann Arbor, in nearby Ypsilanti. Intrigued by rock & roll (as well as such non-musical, monotonous, and mechanical sounds as his father's electric...
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