Friday, January 3, 2014

Iggy Pop & James Williamson - Kill City (1977)

Recorded by Pop and Stooges guitarist James Williamson in 1975 (that's two years after Raw Power), Kill City can be considered a 'lost' Stooges record. As might be expected, they continue their progression towards a more easily digestible, Stones-y sound, while retaining the nasty, unhinged delivery and sense of drug-fueled, sex-crazed abandon that helped to make the Stooges one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. There are strutting rockers ("Beyond the Law", "Consolation Prizes"), dark, saxophone-driven protopunk ballads ("Sell Your Love"), some of the most unabashedly 'pretty' moments in the Stooges' catalog ("I Got Nothin'", "No Sense of Crime"), and even some synths. Don't be fooled by the half-assed album cover -- this is mandatory.

Track listing:
1. Kill City
2. Sell Your Love
3. Beyond the Law
4. I Got Nothin'
5. Johanna
6. Night Theme
7. Night Theme (Reprise)
8. Consolation Prizes
9. No Sense of Crime
10. Lucky Monkeys
11. Master Charge

The scene is fascination, man, and everything's for free
'Til you wind up in some bathroom overdosed and on your knees


  1. Thanks a lot!
    Cheers Dan.

  2. nice one! my brother remastered this for me recently - got it when it came out or shortly thereafter - this is one of those special albums from a special time for me: brilliant music (a sleaze-punk Stones with blaring horns?), an epiphany to match the chemical ones that were coming often; and this album has stayed with me al;ong with Motorhead, Wipers, Replacements, Floyd - Meddle, Buttholes, bad Brains, minutemen et al and was l;ucky to see the latter two live a few times 1984+, damage-era Flag. This is truly the power of music to be an iomportant part of life and not the ephemera some unfortunately think it is. Happy, happy times!! Thanks for your great shares Spirit!