Soldier (album)

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Studio album by Iggy Pop
Released February 1980 (1980-02)
Recorded August 1979
Studio Rockfield Studios, Wales
Length 36:19
Label Arista
Producer Pat Moran
Iggy Pop chronology
New Values

Soldier is the fourth solo studio album by American rock singer Iggy Pop. It was released in February 1980 by record label Arista.[1]


For the album Iggy collaborated with ex-Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock.

Ex-member of The Stooges 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.

David Bowie and Simple Minds provide backing vocals on "Play It Safe".

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 of that time, Patti Palladin.[2]


Soldier was released in February 1980 by record label Arista. The album peaked at number 125 on the Billboard charts. Videos were made for the songs "Loco Mosquito", "Knocking 'Em Down (In the City)" and "Dog Food".


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

Soldier has received a mixed-to-favorable reception from critics.

In her retrospective review, Charlotte Robinson of PopMatters wrote "Instead of a punk masterpiece, [...] Soldier turned out to be an uneven and sometimes plain silly recording."[6]

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."[7]

Track listing[edit]

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

Alternate track listing[edit]

Specific regions and the 1991 Arista CD reissue had the following alternate track order:

No. Title Length
1. "Loco Mosquito"   3:13
2. "Ambition"   3:25
3. "Take Care Of Me"   3:25
4. "Get Up and Get Out"   2:43
5. "Play it Safe"   3:05
6. "I'm a Conservative"   3:55
7. "Dog Food"   1:47
8. "I Need More"   4:02
9. "Knocking 'Em Down (In the City)"   3:20
10. "Mr. Dynamite"   4:17
11. "I Snub You"   3:07




  1. ^ "Iggy Pop - Soldier". Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Clean on the Dirty: An Interview With Steve New -". 5 December 2006. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Deming, Mark. "Soldier – Iggy Pop | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Iggy Pop". Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Fricke, David (February 7, 1980). "[Soldier review]". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ Robinson, Charlotte (February 5, 2003). "The Weird Trilogy: Iggy Pop's Arista Recordings | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ Fricke, David (February 7, 1980). "Soldier – Album Reviews – Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 

Trynka, P. (2007). Iggy Pop: Open up and bleed. New York: Broadway Books.

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