Before there was punk, there was Kill City, the cult-coveted album recorded by Iggy Pop and James Williamson. This past week, Bomp! records re-released the set in restored, remixed and remastered condition.
Recorded in ’75 but not released until ’77, Kill City was created in a “decadent and despairing time in Iggy’s post-Stooges career”. Highly influential among countless bands to follow, has been called “a fiercely defiant, guitar-driven approach to rock ‘n’ roll”.
Amidst the defiance were some considerable sonic issues, many of which have been cleaned up by Williamson and engineer Ed Cherney.
“Kill City was by all measures a desperate effort, a singularly honest and heartfelt performance, a genuine progression of our song writing, and another in a long line of flops that were later resurrected and heralded as masterpieces,” Williamson said in a Bomp! press release. “By the time it was released as a record, both Iggy and I were off doing other things with our lives, but with this re-release we are not only reunited in our musical endeavors but in our appreciation of this album, its remix, and its importance to us as artists.”