Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin And Kreuzberg


In 1977 Iggy Pop and David Bowie moved to West Berlin to escape the drug problems they both had at the time and to work on new music. The time they spent between their Schöneberg home-base and the HANSA Studio in Berlin-Kreuzberg was well spent: it was here in Berlin that both artists produced some of their best albums ever. For Bowie those were Low and Heroes. Iggy Pop – with loads of loving support from Bowie as his producer – recorded The Idiot and Lust for Life.

(For History´s sake it has to be said here that The Idiot was NOT recorded at the Hansa Studio by the Wall, which is in Köthener Strasse in Kreuzberg, but at Hansa Studio 1 in Nestorstrasse 8/9 in Berlin-Halensee. I am sure the readers of our blog will appreciate this little gem of information which might win you many a point in the next round of “Berlin Trivial Pursuit” or during the quiz night in your local English pub, thank you.)

But it is not The Passenger, THE song about Berlin S-Bahn with the music written by Ricky Gardiner and sung by Iggy Pop up to the level of an anthem, that is going to soothe your soul today.

In 1990 Iggy Pop released his 9th solo album, Brick by Brick, which included a song recorded with Kate Pierson, better known as the singer of the one & only The B-52´s.

Not too sweet and never too smooth: Candy.


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