I’m As Healthy As A Horse

After Iggy Pop’s flawless, numbed out Berlin/Bowie 1977 pair of albums he made some shockers. But before the rot really set in 1979’s New Values (the first solo album made without Bowie) had some pearls on it- the Kraftwerky The Endless Sea, Five Foot One, I’m Bored (‘I’m bored’ Iggy sings, ‘I’m the chairman of the bored’) and the title track. Co-written with ex-Stooge Scott Thruston it’s short, sweet, and direct with a staccato guitar riff, clattering drums and some typically self-referencing and funny lyrics- as well as being healthy as a horse Iggy’s got a hard ass pair of shoulders and a love you can’t imagine. There’s some trouble in there as well- both in the lyric (‘I’m looking for one new value, but nothing comes my way’) and the playing (a guitar solo that really needed trimming) but all in all it’s good ‘un and no mistake.