"Lust for Life" (with David Bowie) (1977)
"He resurrected me," Iggy said of David Bowie after his friend's death earlier this year. "The friendship was basically that this guy salvaged me from certain professional and maybe personal annihilation – simple as that." Bowie met Iggy in 1971, and the following year the Thin White Duke would produce the final Stooges studio album, Raw Power. The intervention Iggy refers to occurred in 1976, after the Stooges breakup, when Pop spiraled out of control and checked into a UCLA mental hospital. Bowie visited Iggy and invited him on tour, and the two men struggled to get clean together in West Berlin. It was in Germany that Bowie would produce two of Iggy's landmark albums, The Idiot and Lust for Life. They composed the title track of the latter while laying on the floor, as Bowie plucked out a riff on his son Duncan's ukulele, built around the rhythm of the Armed Forces Network call signal. In the Eighties, Bowie would record his own versions of the songs he and Iggy had co-written in the Seventies, including the hit "China Girl," which helped Pop financially during a tough stretch.