Let's face it, Iggy Pop's The Idiot
was one of the best rock and roll albums ever recorded. Lust For Life
was fantastic too, but if you were to listen to any of the modern stuff the rock and roll iguana and former frontman of The Stooges has been pumping out over the years you'll find a right load of trash to wade though. Still, even albums like Avenue B
had the odd gem (namely Corruption
), and its all too easy to write off Iggy as something of a hell of frontman but a lousy songwriter. I introduce you to one of the mans most underrated works, Blah Blah Blah
The 80's New Wave influence is dominant here, Iggy takes the route of synthesisers and electronic drum kits to great effect. Opening track Real Wild Child
is a cover of Australian Johnny O'Keefe, and it is a corker which has been adopted as the offical theme song for Aussie music video show Rage
for the past 20 years. It is rock and roll at its finest as it opens with the line "I'm a real, wild one, wild one, wild one[/i]" and a pulsating rhythm part kicks in, just pure adrenaline.
Baby, It Can't Fall
shows indications of what the rest of the album is like, and screams 80's in its lightning melodies. There seems to be a lot of reverb present, if songs like Shades
are anything to go by, with a "big" drum sound and lyrics that are well written and catchy. Many of the songs follow a similar formula, and whilst they get a little samey at times it is consistently fun. Cry For Love
and Winners & Losers
are my favourites.
Jere Iggy Pop successfully molded himself into the 80's New Wave trend, and it works really well. Blah Blah Blah
is one of his most overlooked albums, and admittedly whilst the guy has a patchy discography this is a damn shame as it could use more attention.