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Editors’ Notes

With his usual scrappy aplomb, Iggy Pop comes to terms with ‘80s-style glitz on Blah Blah Blah. This 1986 release reunites Iggy with old comrade David Bowie, who as co-producer steers things in a direction similar to his own Let’s Dance. The tracks are defined by cool keyboard gloss and relentless programmed rhythms, scuffed up in spots by ex-Sex Pistol Steve Jones’ guitar thrusts. Mature expressions like “Fire Girl” and “Cry for Love” suggest Pop has outgrown the drooling lust of his Stooges days. “Hideaway” and “Shades” are thoughtful swipes at trendy materialism. On the more manic side are “Winners & Losers” (an outraged howl crackling with sexual envy) and the title track (a revved-up screed ripping into everything from Shimon Perez to “petrified food”). “Real Wild Child (Wild One),” a thumping remake of rockabilly artist Johnny O’Keefe’s 1958 hit, serves as a reassertion of Iggy’s rebel credentials. Overall, Blah Blah Blah plays to the mainstream while offering enough subversive elements to please a committed Pop partisan.

Customer Reviews

Iggy's Best Solo Albulm

This albulm is Iggy's best solo albulm IMHO. Every track seems like a very worthy song and you really feel the synergy between Bowie and Iggy at its best since the 1970's. There's the manic silliness of "Blah Blah Blah" and "Real Wild Child." There are also the deep and powerful tracks like "Shades", "Isolation", and "Cry for Love." And of course there are some plain old great Rock and Roll songs (with a Bowie/Eno/new-wave type feel) such as "Fire Girl" and "Little Miss Emperor." Give these tracks a listen and I'm sure you'll be hooked if you like Iggy at all.

Hands Down One of Iggy's Best

With or without the Stooges, this is one of Iggy's best and most consistent albums. His singing sounds better on this album than any other. It definitely has an eighties sound to it which is a bonus. "Winners and Losers" sounds like a leftover from the "Soldier" album but just because it sounds out of place on this album doesn't make it bad. I've never heard "Little Miss Emperoror" (it wasn't on my copy) but most of these songs are on every Iggy mix I make for people. They show his tragic, heartbreaking, soulful side in a way not heard since "China Girl" on "The Idiot." This album had a couple singles on it and I can't believe it didn't have several. Like anyone else, I love The Idiot, Lust for Life, the Stooges material, but this is easily my favorite of his 37 year career. Instinct would be a close second.

Crocodile Dundee!!

Love Real Wild Child!!! Grew up with this song


Born: April 21, 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 razor...
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