Zombie Birdhouse

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Zombie Birdhouse
Studio album by Iggy Pop
Released September 1982
Recorded June 1982 at Blank Tape Studios, New York
Genre Rock, new wave, post-punk
Length 42:08
Label Animal Records
Producer Chris Stein
Iggy Pop chronology
Party
(1981)
Zombie Birdhouse
(1982)
Blah Blah Blah
(1986)

Zombie Birdhouse is the seventh solo studio album by American rock singer Iggy Pop. It was released in September 1982 by record label Animal.

Recording[edit]

Zombie Birdhouse was recorded on 16-track in June 1982 at Blank Tape Studios in New York City. Chris Stein of Blondie played guitar on the album as well as handling production duties. Clem Burke, another member of Blondie, played drums.

Release[edit]

The album was released in September 1982 on vinyl and compact disc by Stein's record label Animal Records.

In 1991 the album was remastered by Mike Reese, and included one bonus track, "Pain and Suffering", from the original Blank Tape Studio sessions. The track was used in the 1983 film Rock & Rule.

In 2003 the remaster was reissued as a double disc which included a concert recording from 28 October 1982 at the Masonic Temple Theater in Toronto, during Iggy's 1982 Breaking Point tour.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B–[2]
Rolling Stone favorable[3]
Sounds 3/5 stars[4]

Zombie Birdhouse has received a mixed response from critics. Parke Puterbaugh of Rolling Stone called the album "a brainy, well-plotted collection with more depth than could have been expected from the author of 'I Wanna Be Your Dog'."[3] Robert Christgau, on the other hand, wrote "the Ig comes up with the most experimental record of his career. Which sucks."[2]

In his retrospective review, Mark Deming of AllMusic wrote "sadly, Iggy himself didn't rise especially well to the occasion here; his lyrics are often a bizarre mélange of free-association without any clear focus, and one senses that Stein was a bit too awed by working with his hero to have the nerve to tell him when his vocals were wandering off-pitch (or out of tune altogether). [...] ultimately, this album's a failure, but it's certainly one of the most interesting and ambitious failures of Iggy's career".[1]

Musical style[edit]

Charlotte Robinson of PopMatters writes that "Zombie Birdhouse [...] has reached near-legendary status for its oddity", and that it is "full of droning synthesizers, Afro-style beats and pseudo-poetic, free-associative lyrics". She also wrote that the album "marked the end of an intriguing and experimental if erratic period of Pop's career."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Iggy Pop and Rob Duprey, except "Ordinary Bummer" and "Street Crazies", written by Pop. 

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Run Like a Villain"   3:00
2. "The Villagers"   3:46
3. "Angry Hills"   2:55
4. "Life of Work"   3:44
5. "The Ballad of Cookie McBride"   2:58
6. "Ordinary Bummer"   2:40
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Eat or Be Eaten"   3:14
2. "Bulldozer"   2:16
3. "Platonic"   2:39
4. "The Horse Song"   2:57
5. "Watching the News"   4:10
6. "Street Crazies"   3:53

All songs written and composed by Iggy Pop and Rob Duprey, except where noted. 

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Zombie Birdhouse – Iggy Pop | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Iggy Pop". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Puterbaugh, Parke (November 11, 1982). "[Zombie Birdhouse review]". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ Robertson, Sandy (September 25, 1982). "Iggy Pop: Zombie Birdhouse (Animal Records/Chrysalis) ***". Sounds. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Robinson, Charlotte. "The Weird Trilogy: Iggy Pop's Arista Recordings | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 

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