In this interview from 1990, Iggy Pop essentially credits David Bowie with saving his life. In the latest installation of his BBC Radio 6 program, “Iggy Confidential,” the wild rocker reciprocated some of that life he owed, dedicating two hours of songs and stories to the late Starman.
Iggy and Bowie first met in the early ‘70s near the beginning of both of their careers. They subsequently toured together, moved around the world together, and collaborated on numerous occasions. (Fun fact: Bowie actually wrote the melody and named Iggy’s seminal song, “Lust for Life.”)
It was Bowie’s music that Iggy focused on in his latest radio segment, though. The singer devised the playlist by memory, culling songs from all over Bowie’s discography that were especially important to him, like “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps),” “Moonage Daydream,” and “Warszawa.” And he added bits of color and context throughout. Before “Wild is the Wind,” for instance, he said:
“This was recorded at Cherokee Studios, which was just a very typical, good old solid rock’n’roll studio owned by some guy who was connected to some guy who always had a mountain of drugs. And there were people with hair too long for their bodies coming and going in weird cars. And strange girlfriends.”
As Pitchfork reports, the Stooges’ frontman interjected the playlist with all kinds of personal anecdotes, detailing stories about eating hamburgers with Bowie and Frank Zappa, getting invited over to hear Let’s Dance before it was ever released, and several others. It’s an intimate window into Bowie’s life that only Iggy could provide. Check it out here and let us know your favorite Iggy/Bowie memory in the comments.
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