Party (Iggy Pop album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1981 (1981-06)
RecordedAugust 1980
StudioRecord Plant Studios, New York City, United States
Iggy Pop chronology
Zombie Birdhouse
Singles from Party
  1. "Bang Bang"
    Released: June 1981

Party is the fifth solo studio album by American rock singer Iggy Pop. It was released in June 1981 by record label Arista. For this record, Pop collaborated with Ivan Kral, who is best known as the guitar and bass player for Patti Smith in the 1970s.


When Arista heard the album, they brought in former Monkees producer Tommy Boyce to remix "Bang Bang".[citation needed] According to Iggy Pop's autobiography I Need More, he wrote "Bang Bang" because Arista Records wanted a single and he promised them a commercial album. He originally wanted Phil Spector or Mike Chapman to produce the song. Iggy claimed he got the idea for the song from reading The Right Stuff at a local bookstore. "Eggs On Plate" was originally known as "Don't Put the Brakes On Tonight".


Party was released in June 1981. The album peaked at number 166 in the Billboard Top 200. "Bang Bang was released as a single the same month, charting at number 35 on the Billboard Club Play Singles Chart.[citation needed]

Party is the last of Pop's three albums with Arista Records, following New Values and Soldier. Buddha reissued the album in 2000 with two bonus tracks: "Speak to Me" and a cool jazz rendition of the standard "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]

Party has been poorly received by critics.

Charlotte Robinson of PopMatters called it "a bizarre train wreck of an album".[3] Mark Deming of AllMusic wrote "Part of Iggy Pop's unique sort of integrity is that the man doesn't seem to know how to sell out, even when he tries, and Party, one of the strangest albums of his career, is living proof."[1]


The Party tour was documented on the Live in San Fran 1981 DVD [4] and CD.[5][6][7] This performance was filmed on November 25, 1981 at the Warfield Theatre on Market Street in San Francisco.

Tour personnel

Noticeably absent from tour was the album's guitarist and song co-writer Ivan Král.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Iggy Pop and Ivan Král, except where noted.

Side 1
2."Rock and Roll Party"4:11
3."Eggs on Plate"3:41
5."Houston Is Hot Tonight"3:30
Side 2
1."Pumpin' for Jill" 4:30
2."Happy Man" 2:19
3."Bang Bang" 4:08
4."Sea of Love"George Khoury, Phil Phillips3:49
5."Time Won't Let Me"Tom King, Chet Kelly3:22
CD reissue bonus tracks
11."Speak to Me" 2:39
12."One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)"Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer4:05


  • Iggy Pop – vocals
  • Ivan Kral – guitar, keyboards
  • Rob Duprey – guitar
  • Michael Page – bass guitar
  • Dougie Bowne – drums
  • Jimmy Whizner – arrangements on "Sea of Love", "Bang Bang" and "Time Won't Let Me"
  • The Uptown Horns – brass on "Pleasure", "Sincerity", "Houston Is Hot Tonight" and "Happy Man"

Use in media[edit]

  • The song "Pumpin' for Jill" was featured in the second-season episode Chuck Versus the Ex of Chuck.[8]


  1. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Party – Iggy Pop | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Iggy Pop". Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  3. ^ Robinson, Charlotte (February 5, 2003). "The Weird Trilogy: Iggy Pop's Arista Recordings | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  4. ^ IMDb - Live in San Fran 1981 - 2005-04-19th DVD, Target Video (DR-4438) US
  5. ^ allmusic - Live in San Fran 1981 - 1983 CD;,Target Records (4438) US
  6. ^ Discogs - Live in San Fran 1981 - 2007 CD, MVD Audio (MVDA4679) US
  7. ^ allmusic - Live in San Fran 1981 - 2007-December-11th CD, MVD Audio / Thousand Miles (MVDA 4679) US
  8. ^ "Chuck: "Chuck Vs. The Ex"". 10 November 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2016.

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