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Iggy Pop: The Idiot (RCA APL1-2275)

John Swenson, Rolling Stone, 5 May 1977

IGGY POP has always been the greatest rock comedian. As leader and frontispiece for that most extreme wing of rock nihilism represented by the Stooges, he at once defined and ridiculed the options left to punk rockers after 'My Generation'. The nihilist attitude meant plenty when it was a reaction to the pop status quo best exemplified by Dick Clark, but once nihilism itself became the status quo it was trivialized into mere decadence, a fashionable synonym for boredom.

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