Soldier (album)

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Soldier
Studio album by Iggy Pop
Released February 1980
Recorded August 1979 at Rockfield Studios, Wales
Genre New Wave, Punk Rock[1]
Length 36:19 (original release)
44:17 (2000 remastered reissue)
Label Arista
Producer Pat Moran
Iggy Pop chronology
New Values
(1979)
Soldier
(1980)
Party
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]

Soldier is a 1980 album by proto-punk musician Iggy Pop. David Bowie and Simple Minds provide backing vocals on "Play It Safe".

It is the first album on which Iggy collaborated with ex-Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock. Videos were made for songs "Loco Mosquito", "Knocking 'Em Down (in the City)" and "Dog Food". The album peaked at number 125 on the Billboard charts. Ex-Stooge James Williamson was originally hired to produce the album but a conflict between Williamson and David Bowie (who was assisting as a friend of Pop) over recording techniques led to Williamson walking out on the project.

There has been some debate over the lack of lead guitar on the final mix, which has been criticized by Glen Matlock. In Iggy Pop's biography, Matlock claims that the lead guitar was stripped after David Bowie was punched by Steve New for hitting on his girlfriend.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Loco Mosquito"   Pop 3:13
2. "Ambition"   Matlock 3:25
3. "Knocking 'Em Down (In The City)"   Pop 3:20
4. "Play It Safe"   Bowie, Pop 3:05
5. "Get Up And Get Out"   Pop 2:43
6. "Mr. Dynamite"   Matlock, Pop 4:17
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Dog Food"   Pop 1:47
8. "I Need More"   Matlock, Pop 4:02
9. "Take Care Of Me"   Matlock, Pop 3:25
10. "I'm A Conservative"   Pop 3:55
11. "I Snub You"   Andrews, Pop 3:07

Reception[edit]

Rolling Stone's David Fricke reviewed the album positively, calling attention to Iggy Pop's successful weathering of his own self-destructive persona. Of the album, Fricke wrote: "Soldier, like all of his albums, is a hard-fought battle in a war that Iggy Pop is determined to win. Call him Ig noble."[4]

Personnel[edit]

Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Wales. Engineered by Peter Haden. Mixed by Thom Panunzio at the Record Plant, New York City. Mastered by Joe Brescio, at Record Plant Studios, New York City.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iggy Pop - Soldier (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Iggy Pop". Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Fricke, David (February 7, 1980). "Soldier - Album Reviews - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 26, 2013.