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Zombie Birdhouse [Import]

Iggy Pop Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Jun 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dynamic
  • ASIN: B0007CNXX2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 974,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An underated gem 7 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
This has always been one of my favourite iggy albums. One or two iffy tracks but as a whole the sound and feel of this is amazing. Check out the opening track Run like a Villain , Ordinary bummer and Villagers
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Iggy, not at his best 13 Dec 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being an icon of such substance as david bowie and, erm.. Elton John (ok that wasnt who i was after) you've just got to love Iggy Pop. He's done some great tunes, some great albums, however this one is pretty weak. My advice would be if your after a great Iggy Pop album, then check out 'the idiot'. Not the greatest of Iggy.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On my Top 10 all time list - any genre 12 Sep 2003
By D. Sloan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well, to paraphrase Captain Beefheart, "Iggy was hungry but he sure weren't weird." I noticed in a couple of previous reviews that this is "bizarre" or "weird" music. Yes, it is experimental to a degree, but it's always in service to the emotion that Iggy is trying to get across.
For example, the slow-building, droning guitar/keyboard loop that slowly grows on Life Of Work implies exactly that - a droning, rhythmic life of work. "The people stare with blinking eyes, the workforce stands in readiness." The lyrical imagery is amazing on every track. I think of this as "thinking man's grunge" - because it's raw and personal but loud and rhythmic too. I'd bet anything that one Kurt Cobain spun this on his turntable a few times in his formative years!
Almost every song has a unique aural setting that fits it's message perfectly. Producer/guitar player Chris Stein (of Blondie!!) really goes wild in conjuring "jungle-like" sounds with strange metallic textures. This was one of his first projects after Blondie crashed and burned, and he was really eager to go in a new artistic direction. His imprint is all over this effort.
The drumming is also quite prominent throughout the album, with bongos (!) among other unusual percussion instruments (for his genre) that further the tribal aspect of the music.
Iggy really let's 'er rip with the tribal aspect of human nature in both his lyrics and vocal performance. It was a personally dark time for him. I saw him in late 1982, with about 49 other people, in Eugene, Oregon. At about 2:30 a.m., after looking generally [angry] and crazed (and flipping his mike stand hard into the audience a couple of times) he fired his soundman near the end of the show. Kicked him right off the stage! I think you can hear that anger, that exasperation, in this album.
When this first came out, it hit me on a very personal level. I had never heard music of such an intensely personal nature before. The closest anything has come since is probably mid-late 90's Radiohead. And people go crazy for them! Why not Iggy? Well, Radiohead is definitely more "mainstream" in several ways - sound, looks, actions - and I guess Iggy's just too much to take for most people. His singing isn't anywhere near pitch perfect, but again, it's calculated to be that way. He isn't doing anything by accident here, but the whole album has a really spontaneous feel that keeps it fresh over two decades later.
It's ironic that many Iggy fans put this near the bottom of their list but it's my #1 Pop favorite. If you haven't heard it, give it a try - but do it with an open mind (and preferably listen to it in a darkened room late at night for best effect).
Enjoy!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iggy is a goof 1 Oct 2000
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Only Iggy could try to write such silly lyrics and accompany them with mature 80's poppy rock music. Zombie Birdhouse is rather awkwardly arranged and produced. A lot of Iggy's material is like that, but it seems so much more apparent on this album. The album is good and I listen to it more than you might think. The first three songs are absolute classics and it's suprising that "The Horse Song" wasn't a hit. This album doesn't sound a lot like Iggy's style, but songs like "The Ballad of Cookie McBride" and "Eat or Be Eaten" show that he has just as much charisma as The Stooges did. Zombie Birdhouse is an odd album. Buy it...I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird but fun 25 July 2003
By J. Alsheimer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I always liked Zombie Birdhouse. With it's flying saucer guitar on The Horse song and the LMAO lyrics of bulldozer it is just representative of what I like about Iggy. Off the wall and fun, with more than a tiny bit of darkness to it (street crazies, the villagers, etc). I would splurge and get this edition because you get a live concert cd recorded in Toronto in 1983. The negative of this is Iggy must have had a cold because his throat sounds messed up, the quality of the recording is rather bootleggish, but still after a few listens you get used to the negatives and get into it. So I would definitely count the additional cd as a pretty cool bonus.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Reissue Worth Rebuying! 23 Sep 2003
By Jason Tharp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Before "Avenue B", there was "Zombie Birdhouse". Actually, this isn't as much of a departure as "AveB" considering the album that came before it: "Party". There is more of an emphasis on his poetry reading (I've heard that the Doors wanted him to replace Morrison 30 years ago) & concepts rather than attempts at hit songs. The side openers "Run Like a Villain" & "Eat or be Eaten" sure are catchy though & "Bulldozer" is hard enough it sounds like he should have kept it for "Instinct" (which for me is a good thing). He has more to say here. Even though some of the later songs don't work very well, "Villain" especially seems to equate the jogging craze that started in the eighties with running away from responsibility for the greed & corruption of that decade. "Street Crazies" is another favorite, talking about the homeless being those left behind "as we try for the better, for the higher in man... they may as well be apes". The best moment, I think, is at the end of "Watching the News" when he starts to sing "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" as a tribute to Simon & Garfunkel. The album might seem softer, but it's heavier in another way. The live disc turns in heavier versions of most of "Z.B"'s songs, but knowing Iggy, they're also sloppier. They start off strong with an improvement on "The Villagers" which I always thought was a little too dance-y. From there it's the usual Iggy banter (i.e. obscenities) & clumsy versions of Stooges songs. The big surprise is the absence of "Lust For Life" or "The Passenger" which I thought he was required by law to play. The bottom line I guess is that if your a big fan, you're thrilled by anything new that comes along, & if not, it's a pretty good value for the few songs you'll like right away & then "discover" it later in your collection.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Primal Iggy 26 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. Iggy Pop at his most primal. It grows on you. These songs will invade your subconscious mind. ("Life of Work").
Actually, the first time I saw Iggy Pop was on the David Letterman show. He came on and did "Run Like a Villain" (off of this album), and so impressed me that I went out and got this album. Later, I bought the rest of his albums. :-)
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