The new reissue of Kill City - the belatedly-released 1975 recordings made with former Stooge James Williamson - begs the question: Is this Stonesy lo-fi classic of wasted L.A. life at least the equal of The Idiot?
Iggy Pop was rock's ultimate protopunk - the "world's forgotten boy" who took the menace of the MC5 and the demonic danger of the Rolling Stones to newfound levels of extremity and in the process spawned Sid Vicious, Stiv Bators, Darby Crash, G.G. Allin, Kurt Cobain, and every other two-bit dysfunctional problem child who ever waged three-chord war on 9-to-5 life in the blessed name of P.U.N.K.
Iggy was God as Dog, antichrist of rock and roll, a six-packed pint-sized Dionysus who smeared himself in peanut butter, slashed his chest with glass, and helped turn Detroit into the anti-San-Francisco. Iggy and his band the Stooges made two ur-punk classics, The Stooges (1969) and Fun House (1970), before crashing into the Seventies with David Bowie as their new patron.
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