Blah Blah Blah (Iggy Pop album)
|Studio album by Iggy Pop|
|Released||October 23, 1986|
Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland
|Producer||David Bowie, David Richards|
|Iggy Pop chronology|
Blah-Blah-Blah is an album by Iggy Pop. Released on A&M in 1986, it became his most commercially successful album to date. Blah-Blah-Blah appeared after a four-year hiatus for Pop, with David Bowie serving as his prime collaborator. A successful tour followed the album's release.
The collection included a cover of Johnny O'Keefe's "Wild One" (here titled "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" and three original songs co-written with ex-Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. The remaining tracks were co-written by Bowie, who also produced the album with David Richards but, unlike his previous work with Pop, The Idiot and Lust for Life (both 1977), did not sing or play any instruments. Bowie biographer David Buckley has reported that Pop "virtually disowned" the record, calling it "a Bowie album in all but name". It has never been specified what tracks on the album, if any, originated during the sessions of Bowie's 1984 album Tonight (that album's co-producer, Hugh Padgham, has recalled that Bowie and Pop collaborated on some songs that Bowie ultimately rejected for inclusion on Tonight).
Release and reception
Described by Allmusic as "the most calculatedly commercial album of Iggy's career", Blah-Blah-Blah was certified gold in Canada (more than 50,000 copies sold) and reached top ten status in many European countries. In the U.S. it peaked at #75 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart. Rolling Stone's contemporary review complained of a "nagging homogeneity to side one" but continued that "even at its most familiar, Blah-Blah-Blah is as spiritually outraged and emotionally direct as commercial pop gets these days".
"Real Wild Child" reached #27 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock charts and became Pop's first top ten hit in the UK. The song was featured on the soundtrack for the 1990 film Pretty Woman, also Problem Child 1 and 2, and has been the theme song of the Australian TV music program rage since 1987. Other singles and videos from the album included "Cry For Love," "Isolation" and "Shades". "Cry For Love", described by Rolling Stone as "a ripping fusion of classic Iggy rage, Bowie cabaret and unexpected romantic vulnerability", made #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music chart and #34 on the Mainstream Rock charts.
- "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" (Johnny O'Keefe, Johnny Greenan, Dave Owens) – 3:38
- "Baby, It Can't Fall" – 4:14
- "Shades" – 5:57
- "Fire Girl" (Pop, Steve Jones) – 3:33
- "Isolation" – 4:37
- "Cry For Love" (Pop, Jones) – 4:28
- "Blah-Blah-Blah" – 4:32
- "Hideaway" – 5:01
- "Winners & Losers" (Pop, Jones) – 6:18
- "Little Miss Emperor" – 3:50 (bonus track, not on original LP release)
Alternate versions and remixes
- "Cry For Love" (Extended dance version) - 6:58
- "Cry For Love" (7-inch edit) - 3:30
- "Cry For Love" (Extended remix, B-side of "Shades" single) - 7:05
- "Fire Girl" (Single remix) - 6:54
- "Blah-Blah-Blah" (Live, B-side of "Fire Girl" single) - 4:48
- "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" (Single mix) - 3:30
- "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" (Extended version) - 8:28
- "Hideaway" (12-inch edit) - 3:51
- "Shades" (Single version) - 5:17
- "Baby, It Can't Fall" (Extended remix, B-side of "Shades" single) - 6:10
- Iggy Pop – vocals
- Kevin Armstrong – guitar, backing vocals
- Erdal Kizilcay – synthesizer, bass, drums, string arrangements, backing vocals
- Steve Jones – guitar solo on "Cry for Love"
- "CG: Iggy Pop". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
- David Buckley (1999). Strange Fascination - David Bowie: The Definitive Story: pp.432-433
- Album review at Allmusic. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
- Billboard Albums at Allmusic. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
- Album review at Rolling Stone. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
- Billboard Singles at Allmusic. Retrieved 31 December 2007.