Saturday, February 25, 2012

Turn Blue

Iggy Pop was a genius. I know he's been somewhat of a joke the last bunch of years, but really, back in the day, the man was on fire.

With Tower Records closing down I've been picking up the occasional album on discount. I recently picked up a remastered copy of Iggy's seminal solo record "Lust For Life".

I haven't listened to this entire album in about 11 years. But relistening to it today, man was I impressed. Here's a guy who has done some hard living and you can hear it in every song on this album. Sure most of the album is rocking fun, but behind the songs you can hear Iggy's cynicism, sarcasam, and anger.

If most people think the album is just the title track and "The Passenger", you are missing out. Listen to the whole thing. Particularly the highlight track (in my humble opinion) "Turn Blue".

"Turn Blue" is a masterpiece of a song. Iggy is completely insane in this song. The song is funny, scary, dangerous, sick, thrilling, dissonant genius. It's the kind of song that clears out a bar in 15 seconds flat so you can sit there alone and listen to Iggy vocally mutilating himself while you seeth over a deep shot of Bushmills contemplating all the bat-shit craziness in this fucked up world.

I love this song. It's right up there with The Stooges' "We Will Fall". It's the song I want to play on loop the day I finally lose it and drive my car off a bridge.

Originally posted on December 1, 2006 on Myspace.

Little did I know when I wrote this that the Iggy Pop and Iggy & The Stooges renaissance was right around the corner. I saw some amazing performances by them in the last 6 years.

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