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Released: September 1977

Rating: 4.608 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: proto punk rock

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Album Tracks:

  1. Lust for Life
  2. Sixteen
  3. Some Weird Sin
  4. The Passenger
  5. Tonight
  6. Success
  7. Turn Blue
  8. Neighborhood Threat
  9. Fall in Love with Me

Total Running Time: 31:53


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sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
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peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 120
peak on U.K. album chart 28

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Lust for Life (11/23/96) #26 UK
  • The Passenger (3/7/98) #22 UK

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Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Lust for Life
Iggy Pop
“On The Idiot, Iggy Pop looked deep inside himself, trying to figure out how his life and his art had gone wrong in the past. But on Lust for Life, released less than a year later, Iggy decided it was time to kick up his heels, as he traded in the mid-tempo introspection of his first album and began rocking hard again. Musically, Lust for Life is a more aggressive set than The Idiot, largely thanks to drummer Hunt Sales and his bassist brother Tony Sales. The Sales’ proved they were a world class rhythm section, laying out power and spirit on the rollicking title cut, the tough groove of Tonight, and the lean neo-punk assault of Neighborhood Threat, and with guitarists Ricky Gardner and Carlos Alomar at their side, they made for a tough, wiry rock & roll band – a far cry from the primal stomp of the Stooges, but capable of kicking Iggy back into high gear. (David Bowie played piano and produced, as he had on The Idiot, but his presence is less clearly felt on this album)” (Deming).

“As a lyricist and vocalist, Iggy Pop rose to the challenge of the material; if he was still obsessed with drugs (‘Tonight’), decadence (The Passenger), and bad decisions (Some Weird Sin), the title cut suggested he could avoid a few of the temptations that crossed his path, and songs like Success displayed a cocky joy that confirmed Iggy was back at full strength” (Deming).

“On Lust for Life, Iggy Pop managed to channel the aggressive power of his work with the Stooges with the intelligence and perception of The Idiot, and the result was the best of both worlds; smart, funny, edgy, and hard-rocking, Lust for Life is the best album of Iggy Pop’s solo career” (Deming).

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Last updated July 22, 2008.