New Values

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New Values
Iggy Pop-New Values (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1979
StudioParamount Recording Studios, Hollywood, California, United States
ProducerJames Williamson
Iggy Pop chronology
TV Eye Live 1977
New Values

New Values is the third studio album by Iggy Pop and his first record since The Stooges' Funhouse and post-Stooges Kill City not to have any involvement from David Bowie. It was released in April 1979 by record label Arista.


New Values was Pop's first record for Arista and the first collaboration by Pop and James Williamson since Kill City. The album also reunited Pop and Williamson with multi-instrumentalist Scott Thurston, who had played live piano for The Stooges on Metallic K.O. and Kill City.

Recording and release[edit]

Although guitar was played by Williamson on "Don't Look Down", Scott Thurston played guitar on all other tracks, with Williamson concentrating on production.[2] Likewise, although one of the songs was written by Pop and Williamson, five tracks were collaborations between Pop and Thurston.

New Values was released in April 1979 by record label Arista. Although well-received critically, the album was not a commercial success, only reaching number 180 in the Billboard Top 200 album chart.

Videos were made for "I'm Bored" and "Five Foot One".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[3]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[5]
Uncut4/5 stars[6]

New Values has been well received by critics. Writing in NME at the time of the album's release, Paul Morley wrote that New Values "conclusively endorses Osterberg as thinker and Iggy as performer, and the relationship is positive and proud."[7]

Charlotte Robinson of PopMatters wrote that the album's "delicate balancing act of tough with tender, rebellion with contentment, sincerity with humor, cocksure wailing with nuanced balladeering ... makes the album a winner".[8]


David Bowie later covered the New Values track "Don't Look Down" on his album Tonight (1984) and used it for the opening and closing titles of his short film Jazzin' for Blue Jean.

Pixies frontman Frank Black cited New Values as one of his favorite albums.[9]

"The Endless Sea" was covered by the Australian psychedelic rock band The Church on their 1999 covers album A Box of Birds.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
1."Tell Me a Story"Iggy Pop2:50
2."New Values"Pop, Scott Thurston2:39
4."I'm Bored"Pop2:47
5."Don't Look Down"Pop, James Williamson3:39
6."The Endless Sea"Pop4:50
Side B
1."Five Foot One"Pop4:29
2."How Do Ya Fix a Broken Part"Pop2:55
3."Angel"Pop, Thurston3:44
4."Curiosity"Pop, Thurston2:29
5."African Man"Pop, Thurston3:35
6."Billy Is a Runaway"Pop, Thurston2:31

Use in media[edit]

"The Endless Sea" is featured in the soundtrack of the 1986 film "Dogs in Space"


  • Iggy Pop – vocals
  • Scott Thurston – guitars, harp, keyboards, synthesizer, vocals, horn arrangement
  • Klaus Krüger – drums
  • Jackie Clark – bass
  • John Harden – horns
  • David Brock – strings, string arrangement
  • Earl Shackelford – backing vocals
  • The Alfono Sisters (Anna and Mary) – backing vocals on "Don't Look Down" and "Angel"
  • James Williamson – guitar, horn and string arrangement, production, mixing
  • Lloyd Malan – production assistance
  • Peter Haden – engineering, mixing
  • Paul Henry – sleeve design and art direction
  • Trevor Rogers – sleeve photography
  • Graphyk – sleeve graphics


  1. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "New Values – Iggy Pop". AllMusic. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  2. ^ " : Interviews". Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (July 22, 1990). "Pop On Pop: Iggy Rates His Own Music (and So Do We)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Iggy Pop: New Values". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the '70s. Ticknor and Fields. ISBN 0-89919-026-X. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  5. ^ Coleman, Mark; Kemp, Rob (2004). "Iggy Pop". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 645–46. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ "Iggy Pop: New Values". Uncut (41): 96. October 2000.
  7. ^ Morley, Paul (April 28, 1979). "Iggy Pop: New Values (Arista)". New Musical Express. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  8. ^ Robinson, Charlotte (February 5, 2003). "The Weird Trilogy: Iggy Pop's Arista Recordings". PopMatters. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  9. ^ Wright, Mic (April 16, 2012). "The Quietus | Features | Baker's Dozen | Number 13 Baby: Frank Black's Favourite Albums Revealed". The Quietus. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
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