Nude & Rude: The Best of Iggy Pop

Nude & Rude: The Best of Iggy Pop

As far as quick summaries of long careers go, Nude & Rude is solidly done. While anyone with a serious intent toward understanding Iggy Pop's genius should start with the three official Stooges albums—The Stooges, Fun House, and Raw Power—fans who want a quick sprinkling of solo highlights will find them here. The Stooges material here is scattered but worthy. ("I Wanna Be Your Dog" is erroneously listed as "live" when it's from the first Stooges LP). "Search and Destroy" has become a modern anthem, while "I'm Sick of You" is a well-picked semi-obscurity. Highlights from Iggy's 1977 solo works The Idiot and Lust for Life jump to the mid-'80s hits "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" and "Cry for Love." Iggy finally reconnects with his punk roots with "Cold Metal," "Candy" (with The B-52s' Kate Pierson), "Home," and "Wild America." By the mid-'90s, Iggy was no longer a perennial outsider but one of the godfathers of punk, grunge, and whatever extreme music laid itself at his roadworn feet.

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