Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music #4

So you might hate Bowie, still you should at least respect him for one thing his friendship with Iggy Pop! It was his David Bowie who got him from several times from the gutter in the 70-ties to save him from an early junkie dead and revive his career. So without Bowie you would have seen this shit hot Stooges reunion shows and all these great Iggy Pop solo records. Face it, even if you don’t like his music, Bowie is the Man! Iggy Pop himself is also hero!

Bowie liked the Stooges and he met Pop for the first time in early seventies in New York. The rock star Ziggy Stardust was based on Iggy Pop, who according Bowie represented the wild side of existentialist America. So it was Bowie who got the band in 1973 together to record their third album “Raw Power“. Iggy Pop says about this himself “Very few people recognized the quality of the Stooges’ songwriting, it was really meticulous. And to his credit, the only person I’d ever known of in print to notice it, among my peers of professional musicians, was Bowie. He noticed it right off.” Bowie is also credited as the producer of Raw Power. Although according to the story he only had 3 tracks of the 24  to mix. So the only thing he could do is to turn up to volume of the guitar and vocal up and down and to put some echo on the guitar.

Unfortunately the album never really got off and The Stooges disbanded again a year after the release. Pop worked for a while on a  Bowie tour through the US, but drug problems made him leave. He became a heroin addict and checked himself into a psychiatric hospital in LA where Bowie foudn him in 1976. Bowie got him out took him as companion on the “Station to Station” tour and later they moved to Berlin, where they both had a really creative period inspired by drugs, parties and Berlin. Iggy Pop recorded “The Idiot” and “Lust For Life”, especially on the “The Idiot”  Bowie contributed a lot of songwriting. Vice verse on “Low” Iggy Pop is doing backing vocals. A true creative collaboration. China Girl, Night Clubbing, Funtime, Lust For Live, The Passenger…

Check out this great interview with Pop and Bowie in an American talkshow:

Bowie also played piano on “The Idiot” tour. Check here Funtime live:

documentary on bowie and pop

Bowie and Pop dressed up

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2 Responses to “Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music #4”

  1. Great post and too right! BTW the ‘dressed up’ shot is a fake. Its Sable Starr with Bowie’s head photoshopped in. Its LOL tho’.

  2. […] Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music #4 on Iggy Pop! […]

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