Iggy Pop had a special relationship with David Bowie, who revitalized Pop’s career in the mid-’70s when he helped him record his 1977 masterpieces Lust for Life and The Idiot. He recently celebrated their friendship by paying tribute to the late rocker on his recurring BBC radio show “Iggy Confidential.”
“The way I chose them was from memory,” Pop said of his song choices on the episode, which spanned two hours and largely focused on cuts from classic ’70s Bowie albums including Station to Station and Low. “I took out a piece of paper and a pen and remembered what I liked at different times.”
Besides employing Bowie for Lust for Life and The Idiot, Pop was present for the legendarily debaucherous Station to Station sessions and contributed backing vocal’s to Low‘s “What in the World,” the latter of which he played on the BBC show. He recounted recording Station to Station, describing “people with hair too long for their bodies coming and going in weird cars, and strange girlfriends.”
After Bowie’s death, Pop recounted how the musician had “resurrected” his career. “The friendship was basically that this guy salvaged me from certain professional and maybe personal annihilation — simple as that,” Pop told the New York Times.
Hear his Bowie selections and stories here.