Sometimes the best album covers are the simplest. That’s the case with Iggy Pop’s first solo album, The Idiot. It’s also the album cover that answers the eternal question: does Iggy own any shirts?
The Idiot was co-produced by David Bowie who co-wrote 7 of the 8 songs with Mr. Pop. It’s one of the Bowie related albums from what is known as his Thin White Duke/Berlin period. West Berlin to be precise. The Idiot was released in 1977 when the wall was still a thing.
Here’s the China Girl/Baby single cover. It’s a more characteristic Iggy shot: shirtless and leaping about.
It’s lagniappe time: here’s a promo poster with a certain producer’s name on it.
The entire album is not available on the You Tube so here’s China Girl followed by a live version of Funtime with the producer on keyboards.