Let’s Go Nightclubbing: Tracing the DNA of Iggy Pop’s 1977 Hit Throughout Popular Music

Pop wrote “Nightclubbing” with David Bowie after a late night walk through Berlin.

Timber Timbre

Click the audio player to listen. CultureShift airs weekdays at 12 p.m.

David Bowie and Iggy Pop were hanging out in Berlin when the inspiration for Pop’s 1977 song “Nightclubbing” was written.

It’s one of his best known tracks from an album that has the influence of Bowie all over it (and a little bit of influence from Gary Glitter’s arena rock track, too).

Ryan Patrick Hooper’s pick of the week follows the DNA of “Nightclubbing” in songs from Marilyn Manson, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Timber Timbre.


  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.