Iggy’s Kill City Remastered

October 14, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

by Raul

With the remaster of Iggy Pop’s Kill City due to be released on October 19th, I felt that we at Streetlight Records should give this album the credit it deserves. In my opinion Kill City is an under-appreciated piece of rock ‘n’ roll history. It segued Iggy from the Stooges’ Raw Power to his Bowie-produced solo LPs The Idiot and Lust For Life.

When the Stooges called it quits in ‘74, Iggy was battling drug addiction and depression. He checked into a mental institution to rehabilitate himself. Upon his release, a clear headed, sober Iggy hooked up with James Williamson—who played guitar on Raw Power and was rumored to have played a big part in the inner conflict that led to the demise of the Stooges—and the two began to work on demo tracks for the album that would become Kill City.

Though not the sonic in-your-face attack that was Raw Power, Kill City is a stand up rock ‘n’ roll record. Armed with a couple of Stooges left over tracks (“Johanna” and “I Got Nothing”) and a hand full of Stones-influenced tunes, this album delivers. It will please any rock ‘n’ roll fan looking for a good time.

The Bomp Records reissue of this sleeper is packed with informative liner notes and the LP is pressed on green vinyl like it was originally pressed. Come in and check it out. It will be in our listening post and we’ll be carrying both the CD and LP version.

  1. Rob J
    October 31, 2010 at 3:20 am

    In the round up of great albums of 1975, Nick Kent who was writing for the NME made the observation that it was one of the year’s best albums. However, Iggy was
    deemed a very bad joke at the time and few people outside of Lester Bangs and Mr Kent took him seriously. Then punk came along and swept the dinosaurs away almost overnight, and Ig was rightly revered. “Kill City” came out in 1977 to rave reviews
    and it captures Ig at his lowest ebb, yet still willing to go out in a blaze of glory.

    The music veers between the Stones of “Exile In Main Street” and the later styles of “New Values”. Utterly marvellous stuff especially the heartbreaking “No Sense Of Crime” which captures Ig at his most vunerable. Anybody who thinks heroin is cool will think twice after hearing this track.

    File next to Love’s “Signed D.C” and Neil Young’s “Borrowed Tune” for its’ sheer
    horror of drug abuse.

    A welcome reissue of a fine album which has been unfairly overlooked

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