Lust for Life is the second solo album by American musician Iggy Pop, released on August 29, 1977 by RCA Records. It was his second collaboration with English musician and friend David Bowie after The Idiot, released earlier in March the same year. Shortly after Bowie released his own album Low in January, Pop went on a tour to support The Idiot with Bowie as his keyboardist. At the tour’s conclusion, Pop and Bowie regrouped in Berlin to record the former’s next solo album.
Lust for Life was recorded at Hansa Studio by the Wall in West Berlin from May to June 1977, with production being co-handled by Bowie, Pop, and engineer Colin Thurston. The touring band of Pop, Bowie, guitarist Ricky Gardiner, and brothers Tony Fox and Hunt Sales on bass and drums, respectively, comprised the primary lineup for the album. After The Idiot was mostly composed by Bowie, Pop was adamant about having more control over Lust for Life, often composing his own arrangements, including for “The Passenger”. This resulted in a hard rock sound more akin to his older style with the proto-punk band the Stooges. Pop would use Bowie’s arrangements for some songs, including the well-known title track.
Upon release, Lust for Life received little promotion from RCA but nevertheless peaked at number 28 on the UK Albums Chart and would remain his highest-charting album there until 2016’s Post Pop Depression. It also peaked at number 120 on the US Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart. Critically, Lust for Life was well-received, with many praising Pop’s energetic performance throughout the album and his greater role compared to its predecessor; it would later be regarded as one of his best works. It also marked Pop and Bowie’s final collaboration until the mid-1980s.
- “Lust for Life” 5:13
- “Sixteen” Pop 2:26
- “Some Weird Sin” 3:42
- “The Passenger” 4:44
- “Tonight” 3:39
- “Success” 4:25
- “Turn Blue” 6:56
- “Neighborhood Threat” 3:25
- “Fall in Love with Me” 6:30
Iggy Pop – vocals
David Bowie – keyboards, piano, organ, backing vocals
Carlos Alomar – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead guitar (“Lust for Life”, “Turn Blue”)
Ricky Gardiner – lead guitar, backing vocals, drums (“Fall in Love with Me”)
Warren Peace – keyboards and backing vocals (“Turn Blue”)
Tony Sales – bass, backing vocals, guitar (“Fall in Love with Me”)
Hunt Sales – drums, backing vocals, bass (“Fall in Love with Me”)