Today marks 41 years since Iggy Pop’s The Idiot changed our life (for the better!)
The Idiot was Pop’s first solo record since breaking away from The Stooges, shortly after a stint in a mental hospital. Recording started in July 1976, when Pop and David Bowie hit the Château d’Hérouville studio in France to record “Low.”
Gone were the brash guitars, and replaced by synthesizers and electronic elements. The changes were praised by critics, but many thought Bowie’s influence was too heavy and not reflective of Iggy’s output.
Many of the songs on The Idiot were based on Iggy’s real life experiences. “China Girl” was about Kuelan Nguyen, a woman he met and had an affair with behind her husband’s back… even though neither of them spoke the same language. “Dum Dum Boys” outlines Iggy’s perception of The Stooges’ ups and downs.