Kill City

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Kill City
Kill City cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1977
StudioMaconnel (Los Angeles)
ProducerJames Williamson
Iggy Pop chronology
Lust for Life
Kill City
TV Eye Live 1977

Kill City is a studio album by American musicians Iggy Pop and James Williamson, both formerly of the rock band the Stooges. It was recorded as a demo in 1975 but released in altered form in November 1977 by record label Bomp!.


"Johanna" and "I Got Nothin'" were both performed live during 1973–74 by the Williamson-era Stooges.


Kill City was originally recorded in 1975 after the disintegration of the Stooges. It was to be used as a demo to give to record labels in hopes of getting Pop a new contract. His vocals were recorded on weekends when he received permission to leave a mental hospital he was staying in at the time for treatment of his long-standing heroin addiction.[citation needed]

The original 1975 "demo" mix of the album remains unheard, with the exception of three tracks which have been released on various compilations (including A Million in Prizes: The Anthology and Original Punks): "Johanna", "Consolation Prizes" and "Kill City". These tracks sound markedly different from those on the final version of the album, with different guitar parts and, in the case of "Johanna", no saxophone.


There would be no takers for the album until 1977 when, following the success of Pop's solo albums The Idiot and Lust for Life, Williamson got an advance from Bomp! to release the album, some of which was used to fund studio time to finish off the original recordings by adding overdubs and remixing.[citation needed]

The master tapes were lost shortly after the release of the original album and all subsequent CD releases were mastered from the original poor quality green vinyl pressing.[citation needed] This partly accounts for the somewhat muddy sound of the album.

Pop appeared as himself, performing the album's title track, on the "For Cryin' Out Loud" episode of the Tales from the Crypt TV series, aired on May 22, 1990.[1]

In 2010, Williamson and engineer Ed Cherney remixed the album once more from the original multitracks. The resulting mixes formed a new version of the album, released on Bomp! on October 19, 2010.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Blender5/5 stars[4]
Christgau's Record GuideB[5]
Drowned in Sound6/10[6]
Mojo4/5 stars[7]
Record Collector4/5 stars[8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide6/10[9]
Uncut4/5 stars[10]

Kill City has been generally well received by critics. Nick Kent of New Musical Express called it "a great album".[11]

Mark Deming of AllMusic called the album "a minor triumph", writing: "The music is more open and bluesy than on Raw Power, and while Williamson's guitar remains thick and powerful, here he's willing to make room for pianos, acoustic guitars and saxophones, and the dynamics of the arrangements suggest a more mature approach after the claustrophobia of Raw Power".[3] Martin Aston of BBC Music praised the album, calling it "Iggy's most underrated album" and one that "helped him get back to real life".[12]


The Wire placed Kill City in their list of "100 Records That Set the World on Fire (While No One Was Listening)".[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Iggy Pop and James Williamson, except "Master Charge", by Williamson and Scott Thurston.

Side one
  1. "Kill City" – 2:20
  2. "Sell Your Love" – 3:36
  3. "Beyond the Law" – 3:00
  4. "I Got Nothin'" – 3:23
  5. "Johanna" – 3:03
  6. "Night Theme" – 1:20
Side two
  1. "Night Theme (Reprise)" – 1:04
  2. "Consolation Prizes" – 3:17
  3. "No Sense of Crime" – 3:42
  4. "Lucky Monkeys" – 3:37
  5. "Master Charge" – 4:33


  • Iggy Pop – vocals
  • James Williamson – guitar
  • Scott "Troy" Thurston – keyboards, bass guitar ("Kill City", "Beyond the Law", "Johanna" and "Night Theme"), backing vocals, special effects, harmonica
  • Brian Glascock – drums, congas, African beaters, backing vocals, guiro
  • Steve Tranio – bass guitar ("Sell Your Love", "I Got Nothin'" and "No Sense of Crime")
  • Tony "Fox" Sales – backing vocals and bass ("Lucky Monkeys" and "Master Charge")
  • Hunt Sales – backing vocals and drums ("Lucky Monkeys" and "Master Charge")
  • John "The Rookie" Harden – saxophone
  • Gayna – background vocals on "Night Theme"
  • James Williamson - production, mixing
  • Peter Haden, Tony Gottlieb - assistant engineers
  • David Allen – album cover


  1. ^ "For Cryin' Out Loud". 22 May 1990. Retrieved 5 October 2016 – via IMDb.
  2. ^ Stovin, Jack (August 12, 2010). "Iggy Pop & James Williamson's "Kill City" Re-Mixed and Remastered Out 10/19! – #AltSounds". AltSounds. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Kill City – Iggy Pop / James Williamson". AllMusic. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  4. ^ Smith, RJ (September 2004). "Iggy Pop: Kill City". Blender. No. 29. Archived from the original on June 30, 2006. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "P". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor and Fields. ISBN 0-89919-026-X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via
  6. ^ Perry, Tom (December 3, 2010). "Album Review: Iggy Pop and James Williamson – Kill City (remastered)". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Iggy Pop and James Williamson: Kill City". Mojo. No. 206. January 2011. p. 110.
  8. ^ Needs, Kris (Christmas 2010). "Iggy Pop & James Williamson – Kill City". Record Collector. No. 383. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  9. ^ Rubin, Mike (1995). "Stooges". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (eds.). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. pp. 378–79. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  10. ^ Cavanagh, David (January 2011). "Iggy Pop & James Williamson: Kill City". Uncut. No. 164. p. 104.
  11. ^ Kent, Nick (January 28, 1978). "Iggy Pop and James Williamson: Kill City (Radar Records)". New Musical Express. Retrieved December 20, 2014 – via Rock's Backpages.
  12. ^ Aston, Martin (November 29, 2010). "Iggy Pop & James Williamson Kill City Review". BBC Music. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  13. ^ "100 Records That Set the World on Fire (While No One Was Listening)". The Wire. No. 175. September 1998. Archived from the original on October 19, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2015.

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