Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)

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Lust for Life is the second solo album by American musician Iggy Pop, released on August 29, 1977 by RCA Records. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_0

It was his second collaboration with David Bowie after The Idiot, released earlier in the year. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_1

The album achieved critical acclaim and became Pop's most commercially successful album to date; it also remains his only gold-certified release in the United Kingdom. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_2

Production Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_section_0

The Lust for Life sessions took place soon after the completion of a concert tour in support of The Idiot, the tour ending on April 16, 1977. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_3

Pop has stated, "David and I had determined that we would record that album very quickly, which we wrote, recorded, and mixed in eight days, and because we had done it so quickly, we had a lot of money left over from the advance, which we split." Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_4

The singer slept little during its making, commenting "See, Bowie's a hell of a fast guy ... Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_5

I realized I had to be quicker than him, otherwise whose album was it gonna be?" Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_6

Pop prepared only fragments of lyrics before singing, and essentially improvised at the microphone. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_7

This spontaneous lyrical method inspired Bowie to improvise his own words on his next project, "Heroes". Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_8

Bowie, Pop and engineer Colin Thurston produced Lust for Life under the pseudonym "Bewlay Bros.", named after the final track on Bowie's 1971 album Hunky Dory. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_9

The recording was made at Hansa Studio by the Wall in Berlin and featured Ricky Gardiner and Carlos Alomar on guitars with Hunt and Tony Sales on drums and bass, respectively. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_10

With Bowie on keyboards and backing vocals, the team included three-quarters of the future Tin Machine line-up; the Sales brothers' "gale-force" contribution to this album led Bowie to invite them to join his new band twelve years later ("Check out Lust for Life," he told guitarist Reeves Gabrels, "I've found the rhythm section!"). Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_11

The sleeve photo was taken by Andy Kent, who also shot the cover for The Idiot. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_12

Music and themes Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_section_1

Lust for Life is generally considered to be more of an Iggy Pop record than the Bowie-dominated The Idiot, being less experimental and having more of a rock and roll flavor. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_13

However, some of its themes were similarly dark, as in "The Passenger", cited by NME editors Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray as one of Pop's "most haunting" tracks, and "Tonight" and "Turn Blue", both of which dealt with heroin abuse. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_14

In contrast were more upbeat songs such as "Success" and "Lust for Life", the latter of which described by Rolling Stone as Pop's "survivor message to the masses". Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_15

According to Pop, Bowie's celebrated riff on "Lust for Life" was inspired by the Morse code opening to the American Forces Network news in Berlin. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_16

At various points in the song, the melody is doubled by the entire band; in Carlos Alomar's words, "You can't play a counter-rhythm to that, you just had to follow". Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_17

Joy Division and New Order drummer Stephen Morris declared, "On Lust for Life the drums sound not huge but massive! Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_18

The loudest cymbals known to man, that riff! Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_19

I wanted to sound like that, still do." Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_20

"The Passenger" was inspired by a Jim Morrison poem that saw "modern life as a journey by car", as well as rides on the Berlin S-Bahn, according to Pop's former girlfriend Esther Friedmann. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_21

The lyrics have also been interpreted as "Iggy's knowing commentary on Bowie's cultural vampirism". Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_22

The music, a "laid-back ... springy groove", was composed by guitarist Ricky Gardiner. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_23

It was released as the B-side of the album's first single "Success". Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_24

Characterized by AllMusic as "a glorious throwaway" and by Rolling Stone as "an infectious throwaway", "Success" was a light-hearted track of the call and response variety. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_25

At just under seven minutes, "Turn Blue", the longest song on the album, was a sprawling confessional that dated back to an abortive recording session by Bowie and Pop in May 1975, when the latter was in the depths of his drug addiction. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_26

Originally titled "Moving On", it was composed by Bowie, Pop, Walter Lacey, and Warren Peace. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_27

It was the only set of lyrics that did not appear on the original vinyl record sleeve. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_28

The album's remaining tracks included "Sixteen", the only piece written entirely by Iggy Pop, "Some Weird Sin", a hard rock number featuring a "lost-boy lyric", the "neo-punk" "Neighborhood Threat", and "Fall in Love with Me", which grew from an impromptu jam by the band to which Pop composed lyrics apparently evoking his then-girlfriend Esther Friedmann. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_29

Release Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_section_2

Original edition Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_section_3

"Success", backed with "The Passenger", was released on 30 September 1977 as a single from the album. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_30

2020 deluxe edition Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_section_4

On April 10, 2020, Pop released an alternate mix of "China Girl" from The Idiot in promotion of the forthcoming release of The Bowie Years, a seven-disc deluxe box set featuring expanded remastered versions of The Idiot and Lust for Life. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_31

The box set, released on May 29, includes remastered versions of both albums along with outtakes, alternate mixes and a 40-page book. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_32

The two original albums were also re-released individually, each paired with an additional album of live material to create separate stand-alone two-disc deluxe editions. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_33

Reception Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_section_5

Critical reception Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_section_6

Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_table_general_0

Professional ratingsLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_table_caption_0
Review scoresLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_header_cell_0_0_0
SourceLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_header_cell_0_1_0 RatingLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_header_cell_0_1_1
AllMusicLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_2_0 Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_2_1
BlenderLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_3_0 Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_3_1
Chicago TribuneLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_4_0 Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_4_1
Christgau's Record GuideLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_5_0 A−Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_5_1
Encyclopedia of Popular MusicLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_6_0 Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_6_1
PitchforkLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_7_0 9.0/10Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_7_1
QLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_8_0 Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_8_1
The Rolling Stone Album GuideLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_9_0 Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_9_1
SoundsLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_10_0 Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_10_1
Spin Alternative Record GuideLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_11_0 6/10Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_cell_0_11_1

In a contemporary review, Rolling Stone critic Billy Altman considered that "purely on its own terms, Lust for Life is a successful album", but complained that Pop's "new stance is so utterly unchallenging and cautious." Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_34

By contrast, Robert Christgau of The Village Voice refuted the critical opinion that Pop's "creative power has dissipated", finding The Idiot and Lust for Life to be more consistent than Pop's albums with the Stooges. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_35

He later noted that of the two, he preferred Lust for Life "because it's faster and more assertive—which means, among other things, that the nihilistic satire is counteracted by the forward motion of the music itself." Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_36

Charts Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_section_7

Lust for Life reached number 28 on the UK Albums Chart and remained Pop's highest-charting release in the UK until 2016's Post Pop Depression. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_37

Initially the album sold well in the United States but the death of Elvis Presley caused RCA to quickly reissue Presley's catalogue and any promotional focus for Pop's album was lost. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_38

It eventually performed well in the US, although it only reached number 120 on the Billboard charts at the time of its release. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_39

Covers and live versions Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_section_8

"Lust for Life" and "Sixteen" appeared the following year on the live set TV Eye. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_40

Bowie covered "Tonight" (minus the opening lines referencing drugs) with Tina Turner, along with "Neighborhood Threat", on his 1984 release Tonight. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_41

Siouxsie and the Banshees recorded a cover of "The Passenger" with brass instruments on their 1987 album Through the Looking Glass. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_42

Pop praised it, commmenting: "She threw a little note in when she sings it that I wish I had thought of, it's kind of improved it [...] The horn thing is good." Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_43

"The Passenger" has also been performed by Nick Cave, R.E.M. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_44 , Bauhaus, The Lunachicks, Michael Hutchence (on the Batman Forever soundtrack), amongst others (Brazilian band Capital Inicial has recorded a version in Portuguese which is called "O Passageiro"). Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_45

Duran Duran covered "Success" on the favorites collection Thank You. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_46

"Lust for Life" has been played by artists including Yo La Tengo, The Damned, The Smithereens, 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. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_47

Its distinctive riff is commonly cited as inspiring Australian band Jet for their song "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", while the drum riff was sampled by Welsh band Manic Street Preachers for the outro of their song "You Love Us" and by Scottish band Travis for the intro to their single "Selfish Jean". Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_48

The main riff was interpolated into the break section of "What Is Happening" by Alphabeat. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_49

Track listing Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_section_9

All lyrics are written by Iggy Pop except "Turn Blue" by Pop and Walter Lacey; music composers are listed below. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_sentence_50

Personnel Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_section_10

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  • Iggy PopvocalsLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_item_0_0
  • David Bowiekeyboards, piano, organ, backing vocalsLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_item_0_1
  • Carlos Alomar – rhythm guitar, lead guitar on "Lust for Life" & "Turn Blue", backing vocalsLust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_item_0_2
  • Ricky Gardiner – lead guitar, backing vocals, drums on "Fall in Love with Me"Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_item_0_3
  • Warren Peace – keyboards and backing vocals on "Turn Blue"Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_item_0_4
  • Tony Salesbass, backing vocals, guitar on "Fall in Love with Me"Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_item_0_5
  • Hunt Salesdrums, backing vocals, bass on "Fall in Love with Me"Lust for Life (Iggy Pop album)_item_0_6


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