June 22, 2013 – 5:13 am

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London 1977 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London, UK; March 7, 1977. VG AUD stereo. Final track has tape warp.

The opening night in Aylesbury notwithstanding, two nights at the London Rainbow in March 1977 marked Iggy Pop’s first live performances since the death of the Stooges three years before, and his first UK gigs since 1972. Even the presence of David Bowie as an unobtrusively chainsmoking pianist couldn’t have raised the demand for tickets any higher, and Pop rewarded the ensuing full houses with a performance that matched every description of his stagecraft the audience had ever dreamed of.

Okay, so there was no onstage bloodletting, no graceful swan dives from the top of the speaker stacks, no danse macabre with oozing candle wax. But the possibility of all those things hung heavy over Iggy’s every action, and this mildly murky, but never less than thrilling audience recording catches the sound of a crowd on the edge of its seats, and Pop on the edge of insanity.

The set is oldies heavy. The still-to-be-released The Idiot album is only touched upon (most memorably by a sinister “Fun Time” and a seething “Sister Midnight”); in its place, the opening “Raw Power” is followed by a blistering “TV Eye,” a lascivious “Dirt,” a frenetic “1969″… you can run out of superlatives with a show like this, but the band not only hit the expected highs, they even ushered in a few brand new numbers.

“Turn Blue” and “Tonight,” neither of which would hit vinyl until Lust For Life, later in the year, were premiered, while “Gimme Danger” spiraled and “No Fun” glowered, and Bowie smoked and smoked and smoked, scarcely able to believe that this was actually happening. “I Need Somebody,” “Search And Destroy,” “I Wanna Be Your Dog”… this might just be the most perfect set list Pop has ever played. It’s certainly one of the best concert discs in his catalog. - Dave Thompson

Note: Music writer Dave Thompson has a new book out. On June 1st 1974, the Rainbow Theatre in London hosted the first ever performance by what was (at least by those folk who’d heard of the artists) described as the greatest supergroup of the era. Thompson’s book, June 1st 1974: Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Nico, Eno, Mike Oldfield and Robert Wyatt: The Greatest Supergroup of the Seventies, is about the historic gig on the day and its ramifications. Click here to order the book from Amazon.

Thanks to Defin8 who shared the tracks on the net in 2006.

Cover picture posted at JesusLovesTheStooges.

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Track 01. Raw Power (6.4MB)
Track 02. TV Eye (5.2MB)
Track 03. Dirt (7.7MB)
Track 04. 1969 (4.3MB)
Track 05. Turn Blue (10.3MB)
Track 06. Fun Time (4.3MB)
Track 07. Gimme Danger (6.3MB)
Track 08. No Fun (5.1MB)
Track 09. Sister Midnight (5.9MB)
Track 10. I Need Somebody (5.8MB)
Track 11. Search And Destroy (4.9MB)
Track 12. I Wanna Be Your Dog (6.1MB)
Track 13. Tonight (5.3MB)
Track 14. Some Weird Sin (6.7MB)
Track 15. China Girl (4.9MB)

Click here to order The Idiot. The Idiot is the debut solo album by Iggy Pop. It was the first of two LPs released in 1977 which Pop wrote and recorded in collaboration with David Bowie. The other LP was Lust For Life.

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  1. 25 Responses to “IGGY POP and DAVID BOWIE - LONDON 1977”

  2. well ya learn something new every day if you pay attention.
    I never new that iggy and bowie collaborated on china girl i thought that was a bowie exclusive with none other than Stevie Ray Vaughan ripping those crazy choked notes out at the end..So Iggy also recorded this…hmmm..like said, if you just pay attention.
    thanks bigo.

    By dropkick sarge on Jun 22, 2013

  3. hey bigo, thanks! i’ll get this and brand x.

    i checked the song titles here, and funtime is one word on the idiot. i just looked at the lp on ebay. i think, i have tv eye and t.v. eye. i’ve seen it listed both both ways. the rest appear to be correct. i’ve gotten every iggy pop you’ve offered. my favorite is the one from paris you offered two years ago.

    iggy pop has played here twice in b’ham, al. i saw him at city stages june 1999 and 5 points south music hall oct or nov 2001. nov sounds right. both shows were great.

    there was one more correction on jerry garcia band, btw. it’s actually like a road leading home. i enjoyed the show. thanks again.

    well you know i would have gotten brand x today, but i got another boc show from fresno, ca 8.20.79. it’s a good one. now i have 78 boc shows. offer two i don’t have so i’ll have 80.


    By Ed Saad on Jun 22, 2013

  4. Thanks, Big-O. Can’t wait to hear this. Saw Ig & Zig when the idiot hit Santa Monica and it was terrific. Time-warped Iggy is better than none at all.

    By lowendbill on Jun 22, 2013

  5. the warp came from a boot lp version that was copied to the cd. pity they didnt get it from the original tapes or another copy of the show from another source. i had several copies of this on lp and all but one had that warp. i think there were several different boot lps made from the original boot lp in fact. and all subsequent ones also had that warp too. only a few of the first gen boot lps were warpless and a few lucky people got their hands on one of those. pity one of those copies wasnt used for the cd.

    By darth on Jun 22, 2013

  6. iggy pop is a no talent

    By carrie underwear on Jun 22, 2013

  7. a great stooges boot is “metallic ko open up and bleed”. scary and out of control. u can hear beer bottles breaking on guitars as iggy baits the crowd to throw more and gets hit with an egg. its been reissued on “import” cds.

    By barth on Jun 22, 2013

  8. Carrie… sound like you’re underwear’s too tight. It’s OK to get LOOSE!

    And barth - totally agreed! I remember years back FINALLY getting the long-rumored vinyl in my grubby mitts and savoring it for decades.

    By lowendbill on Jun 22, 2013

  9. Carrie… sound like you’re underwear’s too tight. It’s OK to get LOOSE!

    just kidding, i love pop !

    By carrie underwear on Jun 22, 2013

  10. http://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/thebookofseth/iggy-and-the-stooges-metallic-ko

    By carrie underwear on Jun 23, 2013

  11. a great stooges boot is “metallic ko open up and bleed”. scary and out of control. u can hear beer bottles breaking on guitars as iggy baits the crowd to throw more and gets hit with an egg. its been reissued on “import” cds.

    yeah,yeah…old news.it’s been officially released as well.iggy was stage diving long before the young folks nowadays too

    By barf on Jun 23, 2013

  12. metallic ko was never an official release and is not shown on the iggy and the stooges web site. the bootlegs have been endorsed by iggy and james williamson.

    iggy also may have invented crowd walking. a great example is in this video, where he takes a jar of peanut butter (stiv bators of the dead boys claimed it was his) and smeared it on his chest.

    By barth on Jun 23, 2013

  13. @dropkicksarge - if you are not familiar with those two Iggy albums “Lust For Life” and “The Idiot”, they are classics and worth checking out. they contain a few songs that bowie later re-did, like china girl and tonight (Iggy’s version of “tonight” is much darker than the 80’s duet between Bowie and Tina Turner).

    By BowieFan on Jun 23, 2013

  14. bowiefan..thanks man..I love lust for life but apart from that and the first stooges lp I just don`t know their music. I used to work a little head shop when the first stooges lp came out and we sold a lot of those lps, but I was always into the blues and r and b back then and didn`t branch out that much.thanks. much appreciated and now I`m leavin ` for a spell..good bye.

    By dropkick sarge on Jun 23, 2013

  15. Carrie, thanks for clarifying!

    By lowendbill on Jun 23, 2013

  16. “Funhouse” was my first stooges album… 99 cent vinyl in a drug store cut-out bin (if anybody remembers those). Figured, for under a buck, no matter how unlistenable it might be, no loss. Great cover at least. Best 99-cent musical gamble ever. Still got it and too many albums and boots later, never looked back.

    By lowendbill on Jun 23, 2013

  17. Two studio albums from the Bowie-Iggy collaboration (Raw Power was the first) are masterpieces: The Idiot and Lust For Life. But in my opinion those live recordings (the TV Eye album and numerous boots) still sound dissapointing. Don’t get me wrong: Iggy is a brilliant live performer, always was. So why am I not happy with Iggy and Ziggy here? Maybe it was too difficult to transfer the magic of those two studio works in a live context. Or it’s Bowie’s live keyboard sound I can’t stand. I still don’t know. I would prefer live recordings from Iggy’s 1979/1980 period. That band (feat. Blondie drummer Clem Burke and Ivan Kral) was hot!
    cheers Tony

    By Tony on Jun 23, 2013

  18. FUNHOUSE: I got to meet John Lydon in 1982… someone mentioned HEAVY METAL and John said he had only 1 metal album in his collection…. it was The Stooges, “FUNHOUSE”!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Jun 24, 2013

  19. I agree that ‘TV Eye’ somehow didn’t work, even with Eno in there too. Wonder why? This is curious recording. If the quality of the recording was netter I might have been better than TV Eye.

    By Jonathan on Jun 26, 2013

  20. I can still recall laying on the floor of my attic room age 13ish listening to this on the King Biscuit Flower Hour, Lust for life wasn’t out yet and Turn Blue really struck me. I wore out the cassette for multiple plays and copies made for the few friends that gave a damn (not Many) Life would never be the same as was the case with the first listening to Raw Power at the tender age of 11… Thanks for the post even though I’m fairly sure i bought a copy a few years ago from Wolf Gangs Vault…

    By Revolutionarybum on Jun 27, 2013

  21. Tony, re: Iggy/Bowie… you may be reacting to what Iggy later said of this tour, that after his early-70’s flameout, he saw the Bowie-mentorship tour as a make-or-break opportunity. It was his best, last chance and primary goal to prove to the music industry at large that he was a serious professional musician-entertainer, reliable, could pull off a tour schedule without ODing, do the songs, get the solid reviews, etc.

    So, if you’re missing the wildman of earlier and to follow, that may be why.

    By lowendbill on Jun 27, 2013

  22. The sound on this is a bit murky but still clear enough to get into. I prefer this to the tinny bootleg sound on TV Eye to be honest. Yes kids, Bowie and Iggy were pretty good friends around this time. Berlin was their logical home around this time as they were both on the run, from themselves more than anything. To find out more get hold of Angie Bowie’s biography Backstage Passes. Essential reading for anyone into sex, drugs and rock n roll.

    By Alvis on Jun 28, 2013

  23. I am looking forward to hearing this show. The Iggy/Bowie period yielded some great studio albums.
    I am assuming this line up includes the Sales brothers (bass and drums). Having the Sales brothers was a great move for the albums. They gave the song “Lust For Life” that Mo-Town feel.
    Bowie’s keyboard work is outstanding on the albums as well.
    Bowie sure had an effect on 1970’s music. He helped out Mott The Hoople, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson and Iggy. Here is a tip of the hat to Dave for helping the “Forgotten Son”.

    By Bigdoins on Jun 28, 2013

  24. Hasn’t anybody here ever heard the Iggy Pop and David Bowie show from The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland OH 3-21-77? Released as “Wild Animal” in 1993 and “Sister Midnight” in 1999/2004, it’s the definitive document of ‘77 tour.

    By Frank Blank on Jul 7, 2013

  25. I was at this gig - it was brilliant. Robert Smith of The Cure, then of schooling age, was also in attendance.

    By Marklovesdeafrobots on Jul 20, 2016

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