Iggy makes some noise

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Kill City is hardly Iggy Pop’s great­est al­bum — not by a long shot. But this rel­a­tively ob­scure record, rere­leased in Oc­to­ber and cred­ited to Iggy and his col­lab­o­ra­tor James Wil­liamson, has a brand new mix and rep­re­sents a point at which Iggy was desperately claw­ing his way out of the abyss.

Few bands in the his­tory of the known uni­verse dis­in­te­grated as spec­tac­u­larly as The Stooges did. The story’s been told a jil­lion times — how, fol­low­ing the re­lease of the David Bowie-pro­duced Raw Power, the drugs, mu­sicin­dus­try frus­tra­tions, in­ter­nal con­flicts, and the crazi­ness of life on the road caught up with the band, which went down in a blaze of in­glo­ri­ous glory, as doc­u­mented on the live al­bum/crimescene doc­u­ment Metal­lic K.O.

In the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of The Stooges, Iggy Pop ended up in a Los An­ge­les mental hos­pi­tal, the Neu­ropsy­chi­atric In­sti­tute in West­wood. There, ac­cord­ing to his 2007 bi­og­ra­phy Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed by Paul Trynka, he was di­ag­nosed with “hy­po­ma­nia, a bipo­lar dis­or­der char­ac­ter­ized by episodes of eu­phoric or overex­cited and ir­ra­tional be­hav­ior suc­ceeded by de­pres­sion.” How­ever, Trynka points out that Iggy’s doc­tor now says this di­ag­no­sis, which reads like a re­view of a mid’70s Stooges show, might not be ac­cu­rate. Iggy’s mental prob­lems back then might have just been a tem­po­rary con­di­tion brought on by all the drugs. What­ever the case, in 1975 Iggy was at a low point. He was in the funny farm, his ca­reer was in shambles, and most of his bridges were burned. But not all of them.

Be­fore check­ing into the hos­pi­tal, Iggy had been hang­ing out and writ­ing songs with

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