Each of our vinyl record subscription deliveries come with a premium quality album, an exclusive compilation EP and a bonus gift. August 2020’s Essential vinyl choice is featured below.
The iconic Iggy Pop was born in a trailer park in a small town in Michigan. Although it was known that his father could be strict, he said that when it came to music and following his ambitions, he got a lot of care and support from his parents - even as far as giving up their bedroom so he could have a drum kit in their home. That very drum kit set off his music career, where he found himself in various local bands in the mid 60s, including The Iguanas, which down the line was where his stage name ‘Iggy’ came from.
After being amazed at concerts by Jim Morrisson of The Doors, he moved to Chicago to pursue drumming and learn more about blues music. This is when he formed the Psychedelic Stooges (later known as The Stooges) in 1967, who infamously broke up and reunited multiple times over the years due to addiction issues, conflicts of interest and band member deaths. In 1971, Iggy met the late David Bowie and formed a lasting friendship and professional relationship that would significantly change Iggy Pop’s career.
It’s hard to believe that Pop didn’t have much commercial success from his music, instead it was his relentless work ethic, stage presence and cultural influence that would skyrocket him to the icon status that we know today. Known as the ‘Godfather of Punk’, he recorded a whopping 24 studio albums over his career, eighteen of them being solo records - which went on to influence Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joy Division and many more. He found success in acting, in 2010 was inducted as part of The Stooges into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2020, he was honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
An album that needs little introduction, thanks to its lead single that goes by the same name. ‘Lust for Life’ was the second solo studio album by the star, which is famously known as his most successful record over the years and an essential vinyl to have in any collection. The drumming intro to the opening track sets off the album perfectly, with its high energy and undeniably catchy rhythm - all of which distract the listener from its dark, addiction related theme. It was aptly used in the 1996 cult classic ‘Trainspotting’ and not-so-aptly used in a number of commercials since then.
Released in 1977, this album was co-written by David Bowie with his signature sound and vocal style identifiable throughout. The dream team were clearly ready to redefine rock and roll once more, creating a piece of work that would live on forever. Tracks that we love include ‘Some Weird Sin’ and ‘Neighborhood Threat’, where you can really hear Pop as he barks the lyrics through the various instruments, all coming together to give us that trend setting rock and roll sound of the late 70s.
One of the main reasons that this is an essential vinyl record to have in your collection, is of course thanks to ‘The Passenger’, which is arguably one of the best songs of all time. It’s easy to see why this is one of the most influential albums to come out of that era and at only nine songs it really packs a punch - but realistically, the great Iggy Pop on vinyl will always give bang for one’s buck.
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