Iggy Pop - 'Zombie Birdhouse' (Capitol)
Mike Reed | USA | 05/30/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Originally released in 1982,as this was Iggy Pop's seventh solo effort.Maybe not his best,but perhaps his most distinguished work.Remember seeing him on several late night talk and variety shows around the time this album came out.Tracks I dug the most were "Run Like A Villain","Ordinary Bummer" and "Bulldozer".Is it just me or on "The Ballad Of Cookie McBride",is Iggy attempting to pull off a country song?Hint:it doesn't work with the Igster.The rest of the CD reissue is decent.Certainly nothing outstanding,but decent.Line-up:Iggy-vocals,Rob DuPrey-guitar with two Blondie members,Chris Stein-bass and Clem Burke-drums.Believe this title has been released again,with a live bonus CD from this very tour.I need to check that out."
Some Pop with Blondie
Mr. Richard D. Coreno | Berea, Ohio USA | 09/04/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The connection between Iggy Pop and Blondie went back to touring together in the late-1970s.
So it became a natural professional progression for Pop to sign with Chris Stein's label, Animal, for this 1982 release. Pop was in search of a record deal and the album was a centerpiece in Stein's alternative vision to major record labels, but Animal unfortunately had a very short run in the marketplace.
The album features Stein (b), Blondie drummer Clem Burke and guitarist/keyboardist Rob Duprey, who composed 10 of the 12 original LP tracks with Pop. For the tour to promote the album, Stein and Gary Valentine (g) were the Blondie band members in Pop's band.
The performance art of Iggy Pop has brilliantly centered on life in the real world and tracks like Run Like a Villain, Eat or Be Eaten and Watching the News captures such less-than-flattering snapshots. Bulldozer is a hard rocker, but the gem is Platonic, as Pop takes the lyrical framework - the search deep into the soul to define love - to amazing heights.
Pop is comfortably working with musicians he respects and the material continues to be vastly underrated. The album was re-released on CD in 2003 with an extra cut and live bonus disc, but is not readily available. No matter which release can be found, this is an intriguing album that packs a nice punch through the solid songwriting of Pop and Duprey."