Iggy Pop

Some Weird Sin

Composed by David Bowie / Iggy Pop

Song Review by

With its locomotive percussion and guitarists Ricky Gardiner and Carlos Alomar positively dueling their way through the riff, "Some Weird Sin" arose midway through side one of Iggy Pop's Lust for Life album to prove that whatever rocking tendencies he may or may not have shed since the days of the Stooges were alive and well after all. An apparently autobiographical lyric -- at least so far as Iggy's public persona is concerned -- adds to the edginess: "I stand at the world's edge, trying to break in...when things get too straight, I can't bear it."

In many ways, "Some Weird Sin" is the most conventional rock song on the album -- certainly it pales when placed alongside the inventive fission of "The Passenger," "Fall in Love With Me," "Sixteen," and most dramatic of all, "Turn Blue." That, however, is its strength. When Lust for Life was released in fall 1977, at the height of punk, an entire generation was looking to Pop for guidance. Those other songs indicated some of the directions that were possible. "Some Weird Sin," with its straightforward riffs and lost-boy lyric, showed what was actually required.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Lust for Life 1977 4 Men with Beards
Choice Cuts 1984 RCA
Live in San Fran 1981 1986 MVD Audio 5:35
Live at the Ritz NYC (1986) 1995 Sony Music Distribution 3:27
The Best of Iggy Pop Live 1996 MCA
King Biscuit Flower Hour 1997 King Biscuit Flower Hour Records
Nights of the Iguana 1999 Remedy Records 3:36
Extended Versions 2002 BMG Special Products 3:33
From the Front Row: Live 2003 Silverline Records
Greatest Hits Live 2003 King Biscuit Entertainment 3:34
Nude & Rude/Lust for Life 2004 EMI Music Distribution 3:42
Ultimate Live 2004 EMI Music Distribution 3:34
A Million in Prizes: The Anthology 2005 EMI / Virgin
Holiday Gift Pack 2007 Virgin 3:40
Where the Faces Shine, Vol. 2: The Official Live Experience 2008 Easy Action Records / Cadiz 3:36
Roadkill Rising: The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009 2011 Shout! Records 3:10
Essential 2011 Virgin 3:42
Post Pop Depression: Live from Royal Albert Hall 2016 Loma Vista Recordings 3:47
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