The Idiot – Iggy Pop – 1977


Album The Idiot by Iggy Pop
Album The Idiot by Iggy Pop

The Idiot is the debut solo album by American singer-songwriter Iggy Pop, released in March 1977 by RCA Records. It was the first of two albums that Pop co-wrote and recorded with David Bowie, who also produced the album. The Idiot is considered a landmark in the post-punk and industrial rock genres, as well as an influence on the later works of Joy Division, Nine Inch Nails, and The Cure.

The album features a dark and minimalist sound that contrasts with Pop’s previous work with the Stooges, incorporating elements of electronic music, ambient music, and krautrock. The lyrics reflect Pop’s struggles with drug addiction, depression, and alienation, as well as his fascination with Berlin, where he and Bowie relocated in 1976.

The album’s title is derived from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel of the same name, which Pop was reading at the time. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching number 30 on the UK Albums Chart and number 72 on the US Billboard 200. It spawned two singles, “China Girl” and “Sister Midnight”, both of which became hits in the UK. The album has since been regarded as one of Pop’s best works and one of the most influential albums of the 1970s.

The Idiot is a masterpiece of rock music, and it remains one of the most influential albums of the genre. It is a must-listen for any fan of music that is dark, daring, and innovative.


The personnel of the album The Idiot by Iggy Pop, released in 1977, are:

  • Iggy Pop: vocals, lyrics
  • David Bowie: guitar, synthesizer, piano, saxophone, xylophone, backing vocals, music, production
  • Carlos Alomar: guitar
  • Phil Palmer: guitar
  • George Murray: bass
  • Laurent Thibault: bass, tape loops
  • Dennis Davis: drums
  • Michel Santangeli: drums

Source: Wikipedia

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