The idiot

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The idiot
Iggy Pop's studio album


March 18, 1977

Label (s) RCA Victor

Format (s)

LP , CD , MC

Genre (s)

Art rock , industrial rock

Title (number)


running time


  • George Murray - bass
  • Laurent Thibault - bass
  • Michel Santangeli - drums


David Bowie

Studio (s)

- The idiot Lust for Life
Single releases
February 1977 Sister Midnight / Baby
May 6, 1977 China girl / baby

The Idiot is the first solo album by the American rock singer Iggy Pop and was released in 1977 by the record company RCA Records .

History of origin

The album was created in the era that Iggy Pop spent together with David Bowie in the then still divided Berlin , who encouraged him during this phase and got him to write and record the album after he got him a contract with his record company RCA would have. Just like the follow-up work Lust for Life , The Idiot was produced and largely arranged by David Bowie. David Bowie re-recorded the title China Girl in 1983 on his album Let's Dance in a more pop-oriented version, which became a top hit in all major music nations. The other album tracks from The Idiot , Nightclubbing and Sister Midnight were released on some best-of couplings by Iggy Pop in the following years.

The sound engineer for the recordings in the summer of 1976 was Tony Visconti , who shortly afterwards produced Bowie's album Low in Berlin and Hérouville. The studio musicians Carlos Alomar, Phil Palmer and George Murray were hired next to The Idiot for Low and “Heroes” .

Impact history

source rating

Bernard Sumner said in an interview: “The first time I visited Ian [Curtis] at his house, he put Iggy Pop's album“ The Idiot ”on, it had just come out. We were both blown away by the force of the music. Iggy Pop was the impetus that gave Joy Division this energy. "

Pitchfork Media selected The Idiot at # 96 of the 100 Best Albums of the 1970s.

Track list

With the exception of Sister Midnight , all songs are written by Iggy Pop and David Bowie .

page A
1. Sister Midnight (Pop, Bowie, Carlos Alomar) - 4:20
2. Nightclubbing - 4:15
3. Funtime - 2:55
4. Baby - 3:25
5. China Girl - 5:08
Side B
6. Dum Dum Boys - 7:12
7. Tiny Girls - 3:00
8. Mass Production - 8:24 am

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Review by Mark Deming on Allmusic (accessed December 31, 2018)
  2. Review by Michael Schuh on (accessed December 31, 2018)
  3. ^ Max Dax: Bernard Sumner on Joy Division, New Order and Revolutions. In: . September 19, 2015, accessed October 7, 2018 .
  4. The 100 Best Albums of the 1970s on Pitchfork Media (accessed December 31, 2018)