4. Iggy Pop: The Idiot.

This one was an instant hit with me – the record I’d been waiting for – the impossible album!

Iggy & The Stooges at this point were a spent force – history – expect no more music.

And then… Iggy Pop is reborn as the European Son: The Idiot!

He’s the herald of black clouds on the horizon, painting pictures of a monochrome world, heavy with desperation, but in which the human heart still beats – and ‘FUN’ is it’s battle cry!

The idiot thinks for himself, he is not a part of ‘the system’, his mind is not conditioned by the powers that be – he’s a pain in the arse – ‘that fucking idiot!’.

A great album, you’ll either love it or hate it the first time you hear it.

For number 5 in Martin Bramah’s top 10 albums please go here


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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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