Where to Start With the Primal Howl of Iggy Pop

A beginner's guide to Iggy Pop, one of rock music's most distinctive icons. Read the full Primer here http://avc.lu/1UdORta and check out Iggy's Top 5 essential releases below.
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    The Stooges, Fun House (1970)
    More confident and corrosive than The Stooges’ self-titled debut a year earlier, Fun House is not only Pop’s most potent statement about the dark side of the modern psyche—it captures American civilization at the cusp of an epic comedown.
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    Iggy Pop, The Idiot (1977)
    The Idiot is as much a Bowie album as a Pop one, and that’s its strength: icy, experimental, starkly chiseled, and filled with both dreamy electronics, it gave Pop’s wild-man persona a chillingly robotic sheen.
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    Iggy And The Stooges, Raw Power (1969)
    If ever an Iggy Pop album explodes out of the speakers, it’s Raw Power. Savage and incediary, every second feels like it’s about to shake apart at the molecular level. And Pop has never topped his fierce, apocalyptic imagery here.
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    The Stooges, The Stooges (1973)
    There’s something endearingly numbskull about The Stooges’ eponymous debut—a psychedelic record that bulldozes over every flower in its path. But it’s also steeped in shadows and Pop’s pulsing, psychotic desire.
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    Iggy Pop, Lust For Life (1977)
    The title track of Lust For Life may have been used in one too many TV commercials for its punch to be fully retained, but Pop’s sophomore solo album as a whole remains a giddy, meaty match-up between Bowie’s vestigial glam stomp and Pop’s fiery abandon.