Iggy Pop’s ‘Zombie Birdhouse’ is his sixth solo album. His career up to that point had already proven that he was not only one of a kind but indestructible. Starting his career in the sixties, initially as a drummer he became frontman of The Stooges, today seen as one of the earliest punk bands. Record sales were low but legend piled up behind them, especially after uberfan David Bowie produced their third album ‘Raw Power’ in 1973. The tour which followed was literally dripping with blood and violence and the band broke up in 1974 by which time Iggy was mired in a heroin addiction. Thankfully, he recovered and started his solo career in 1977, helped again by Bowie in Berlin and the two albums he released that year, ‘The Idiot’ and ‘Lust For Life’ though totally different, are classics featuring tracks such as “China Girl” and “The Passenger”.
After three albums for Arista Records Iggy next teamed up with Chris Stein of Blondie who not only produced this record but also issued it on his own label Animal Records in 1982. Although ignored at the time, ‘Zombie Birdhouse’ is something of a lost classic. A heady concoction of drones, Afrobeats and freeform lyrics, the album represents him at his freewheeling best. This is the first official reissue since it’s original release.Lead single ‘The Villagers’ is vintage Iggy, featuring one of his finest ever monologues. The CD format of ‘Zombie Birdhouse’ contains a previously unreleased version of “Pain and Suffering”, featuring Blondie’s Debbie Harry on backing vocals. The song was originally recorded for the groundbreaking animated feature film ‘Rock & Rule’. Iggy provided the voice of the Monster From Another Dimension and Debbie Harry the voice for the character Angel. Despite this iconic combination, the OST was never released.
Iggy re-emerged in the mid 1980s as a pop star with his cover of “Real Wild Child”. Since then he gained living legend status and despite getting older, still didn’t give a shit, always out to shock and has kept himself in shape in order to give 100% at his shows. In later years he hasn’t been afraid to try different genres, work with younger acolytes (like Josh Homme of Queens of The Stone Age) and even reform his old band The Stooges.