April 26, 2023 Playlist

The Kosmik Radiation Show is 18 years old this week!
Iggy Pop & James Williamson "Kill City" (rec. 1975, rel. 1977)
Iggy Pop & James Williamson "Kill City"  rec. 1975, rel. 1977 (USA)
Iggy Pop turned 76 years old this week! He has been touring with a new album in 2023! (Also, Kosmik Radiation has been on the air for 18 years this week!) His legendary band The Stooges made three incredibly classic albums that defined punk rock in 1969 and 1970 (the original group) and 1973 after bassist Dave Alexander got fired, guitarist Ron Asheton was demoted to bass, and James Williamson took over as lead guitarist and became Iggy's songwriting partner. The Stooges continued to tour into 1974, and Iggy and James recorded demos for a fourth album in 1975. But The Stooges were never a commercial success and the pop scene was going disco, so nobody was interested in giving them a record deal. Then the Sex Pistols arrived in 1977, and instantly Stooge music (and Iggy's burgeoning solo career) went from uncool to cutting edge. Those demos got cleaned up and released on an indie label as Kill City. It's very low-fidelity compared to the earlier Stooge records, which were not exactly high-fidelity to begin with! But that seems like a perfect frame for Iggy's scathing lyrics about life on the mean streets. At the time he was writing and recording this, he was living in a drug rehab center after nearly killing himself with heroin. Lyrically, it is probably the "real-est" album of his entire career ("I live here in Kill City where the debris meets the sea / it's a playground for the rich but it's a loaded gun to me.") Musically, it has a lot of the cool guitar riffs Williamson brought to Raw Power, some very catchy songs, and more musical variety than their earlier records. It's a very interesting record every Stooges and Iggy fan should know.
(N) = New Release
(M) = Mixology with guitar overdub

Artist Song Album Year Country
Peter HammillBirthday SpecialNadir's Big Chance1975UK
Mission Of BurmaBirthdayThe Obliterati2006USA
ChicagoI'm A Man (The Spencer Davis Group)The Chicago Transit Authority1969USA
William ShatnerToughieBill2021Canada (Quebec)
Frank ZappaDisco BoyZoot Allures1976USA
Alice CooperI'm EighteenLove It To Death1971USA
Metallica 72 Seasons72 Seasons (N)
2023 (Blackened)USA/Denmark
Atarashii Gakko!
("New School!")
Janain Da Yo
("It's Not Like That")
Ichiji Kikoku EP (N)
("Temporary Return Home")
2023 (88Rising)Japan
Night Beats Hot GheeRajan (N - forthcoming album)2023 (Fuzz Club)USA
Neil Young & The Santa Monica Flyers
Mellow My Mind
   / World On A String (live)
Somewhere Under The Rainbow (N)
1973 (2023 Shakey Pictures)Canada/USA
Public Image Ltd. PengeEnd Of World (N - forthcoming album)
2023 (PIL Official)UK
Iggy Pop & James WilliamsonKill CityKill City
rec. 1975, rel. 1977USA
Iggy Pop & James WilliamsonI Got Nothin'Kill City
rec. 1975, rel. 1977USA
Iggy Pop & James WilliamsonNight Theme (reprise)
   / Consolation Prizes
Kill City
rec. 1975, rel. 1977USA
Iggy & The Stooges
(with James Williamson)
Your Pretty Face Is Going To HellRaw Power1973USA
Iggy Pop Neo PunkEvery Loser (N)
2023 (Gold Tooth / Atlantic)USA
Iggy Pop Morning ShowEvery Loser (N)
2023 (Gold Tooth / Atlantic)USA
The StoogesNo FunThe Stooges1969USA
Pink FairiesWalk, Don't Run (The Ventures)What A Bunch Of Sweeties1972UK/Canada
HawkwindBorn To Go (live)B-side single1973UK
Emerson Lake & PalmerKarn Evil 9 - 1st Impression, part 1Brain Salad Surgery1973UK
Silver ApplesVelvet CaveSilver Apples1968USA
ChromeZombie Warfare (Can't Let You Down)Half Machine Lip Moves1979USA
KilldozerBurnin' Love (Elvis Presley)For Ladies Only1989USA
Alice CooperI'm Eighteen (Half Speed Remix) (M)Love It To Death1971USA
Stoned Jesus Get What You DeserveFather Light (N)2023 (Season Of Mist)Ukraine
William ShatnerWhat Do We KnowBill2021Canada (Quebec)
Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra
Black River
   / White River
Lightning Dreamers (N)
2023 (International Anthem)USA

Back to playlists         Back to main