LUST FOR VINYL: UME RESURRECTS IGGY POP'S HISTORIC FIRST THREE LPS ON LIMITED-EDITION
LOS ANGELES, CA – April 26, 2017 - Iggy Pop is one of music's genuine iconoclasts, a walking embodiment of all that is risky and dangerous about rock 'n' roll. He's also an artist of considerable depth, and the creator of a diverse body of work that demonstrates his uncanny ability to defy expectations and explore uncharted creative territory. Now, UMe celebrates Iggy's singular stature with new limited-edition colored-vinyl editions of his first three solo albums, The Idiot, Lust for Life and TV Eye Live.
The three new colored-vinyl releases, which will be released on June 2, will be bundled together in a limited-edition-of-500 custom tote bag featuring the iconic cover art of The Idiot on one side and Lust for Life on the other, available exclusively at uDiscover. All three titles feature their complete original cover art and will also be available from UMe in standard black vinyl editions at vinyl retailers.
The Idiot, Lust for Life and TV Eye Live, originally released between 1977 and 1978, marked Iggy's surprise rebirth as a solo artist after the dissolution of his pioneering protopunk band The Stooges. They also marked a timely collaboration between Iggy and longtime admirer David Bowie, then at the peak of his cultural influence. Bowie produced, co-wrote and played on The Idiot and Lust for Life, and plays keyboards on TV Eye Live.
The three albums form a trilogy that remains a cornerstone of Iggy Pop's album catalogue. On The Idiot, such standout tunes as "Nightclubbing," "Funtime," "Dum Dum Boys" and the original version of "China Girl" (later an '80s hit for Bowie) introduced listeners to a more cerebral, introspective Iggy, often substituting an understated sense of unease for The Stooges' raw aural assault.
Iggy's smiling face on the front cover of Lust for Life signals the album's more upbeat vibe than its predecessor, with such numbers as "The Passenger," "Success," "Tonight" and the anthemic title track embodying the album's swaggering essence and Iggy's reenergized creative vision.
In contrast with the focused studio craft of The Idiot and Lust for Life, TV Eye Live—drawn from four different 1977 U.S. shows with two different bands, one featuring Bowie on keyboards—captures the controlled chaos of Iggy's raw live performances, with memorable versions of "Lust For Life," "Sixteen" and "Nightclubbing," along with The Stooges standards "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "I Got A Right" and "T.V. Eye."
The Trouser Press Record Guide called Iggy Pop "a walking, talking one-man melodrama, reflecting both the scary, stupid extremes of rock and its fearless, indomitable spirit. From his early days fronting The Stooges through his surprising reincarnation as a solo artist in the late '70s, to his ongoing search for fulfillment up to the present day, Iggy has maintained the blend of restless intellect and animal hunger that gives his music its raw vitality."
Nowhere is Iggy Pop's hard-hitting hybrid of head and heart reflected more strongly on The Idiot, Lust for Life and TV Eye Live, which now sound better than ever in these definitive vinyl editions.
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