A long-lost classic album from Iggy Pop has arrived today on CD and LP from Caroline International: Zombie Birdhouse. The album was Pop's sixth studio record and saw him combining Afrobeat influences, droning electronics, and free-association. The album was originally produced by Chris Stein of Blondie and released on Animal Records. Since then, the bizarre and compelling album has only been reissued twice. In 1991 it was remastered and expanded with an alternate version of "Pain and Suffering" featuring Debbie Harry on vocals. Twelve years later, that remaster was released again and expanded but with concert recordings from 1982. "Pain and Suffering" will also feature on Caroline International's new reissue.
All the tracks have been remastered by Paschal Byrne at The Audio Archive in London. The album package includes a sleeve note by Irvine Welsh and photos by Esther Friedman, as well. All told, it's a welcome reissue of an album that's been uncharacteristically hard-to-find. So, place your orders for today's release of Zombie Birdhouse with the links below, or stop by Rough Trade for a limited edition orange vinyl version!
Iggy Pop, Zombie Birdhouse (originally Animal Records LP APE 6000, 1982 -- reissued Caroline International, 2019)
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Orange vinyl: Rough Trade
- Run Like A Villain
- The Villagers
- Angry Hills
- Life of Work
- The Ballad Of Cookie McBride
- Ordinary Bummer
- Eat Or Be Eaten
- The Horse Song
- Watching The News
- Street Crazies
- Pain and Suffering (bonus track)
The Idiot says
I might be in a minority, or, maybe in the majority... but the 2003 edition – https://www.discogs.com/Iggy-Pop-Zombie-Birdhouse/release/3404361 – with the bonus live album I think is the best of the bunch...