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'Best of' without a duff track....
on 11 November 2002
This album has some superb rocking songs from someone who definitely deserves the term 'cult hero'. Probably best known nowadays for his collaborations with David Bowie, Iggy has amazed observers by surviving a performing career which looked certain to lead to an early demise (you think Ozzy Osbourne is/was a wild man?)
The early Stooges material doesn't really do it for me, although it is generally regarded as hugely influential. For me it's the stuff from 'China Girl' (Iggy co-wrote it with Bowie, and I for one prefer his version) onwards which really works here: the run of songs from 'Kill City' through 'Home' just gets better and better. 'Real Wild Child' was originally, incredibly, recorded by Buddy Holly. 'Cold Metal' is my favourite, its relentless, immaculate guitar riff just embedding itself into your head. 'Candy', where B-52 Kate Pierson shares vocals with Iggy.... This stuff rocks!
If only they'd been able to include his duet with Debbie Harry on 'Did You Evah?"...