The Importance of Iggy Pop’s ‘TV Eye Live’ Album.
Above Photo: A peckish Iggy makes short work of the microphone.
Iggy pop receives many mentions in the pages of my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!, but an important one was when, in 1978, I won a copy of his TV Eye Live, 1977 album.
I’d won it by submitting a Punk playlist for a Friday night New Wave programme on local BBC Radio Merseyside. I missed the programme air, never got to hear whether it had been selected, and thought nothing further of it.
A week later, I received concrete proof it had been successful, in the form of Pure Gold to an impecunious schoolboy Punk – three FREE albums: one by The Radio Stars, one (a lifetime favourite) by Slaughter & The Dogs and Iggy Pop’s superb TV Eye Live was the third.
Not only did I think TV Eye was a great album back then, but it has definitely stood the test of time. I still love listening to the bass playing (of Tony Sales) on the album, on which David Bowie also features, playing piano.
The album is comprised of tracks recorded during Iggy’s 1977 tour of the USA, and it seems to be largely overlooked in his work.
I read somewhere he’d come up with the album to cheaply and quickly fulfil a recording obligation to RCA, but whatever the reason, some of the tracks on it are outstanding live versions of his music.
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I’ve loaded two of them onto You Tube specifically to accompany this article (see below). They are Dirt and TV Eye.