China Girl (5:24)

Cover of The Idiot

From The Idiot and 31 other releases

This song was co-written by Iggy Pop and David Bowie around the time of Low and originally appeared on Iggy Pop’s 1977 album, “The Idiot”, which David Bowie produced and played on.

According to the China Girl Songfacts, the singer is warning the China Girl that he will destroy her culture by imparting Western values of materialism and superficial beauty.


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  • Nakkinak

    neil young and crazy horse need to cover this

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Kirowatt

    I never want this song to end

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • maccrash

    incredible vocal performance

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • zodiacmoon

    shit! "not available in your country"! ggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • bravuraindomita

    ai dançando com ctz né

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • abunono

    R.I.P. Iggy!

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DandoroBlack

    could 'china girl' stand for 'porcelain doll' ... (?)

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • trashcity_

    Chills when the sax comes in

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    I agree with everyone here, Iggy's version is much better than Bowie's one. But to be fair, David's one was a great way to introduce everyone to this forgotten masterpiece. And it was pretty good, as well.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JakeyWHFC

    ''Speed of Life'' in the works here

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • cosmochick76

    great version!

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Kirowatt

    absolute love

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • leivaohyeah

    I just love this song.

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • saydpennie

    poetic bcuz both iggy and bowie wrote the song i love iggy and his amazing influence to punk music hes an icon in that sense yet for me there is no one artist more amazing than david bowie

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
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  • Metal-Kathy86


    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ViniciusStilt

    So much "sincere" than the Bowie version... I love the darkness and the feeling of this version. Iggy is fantastic.

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • gytonuncut

    whos singin? sounds like a serious case of laryingitis....and i agree with penny

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • PennyTraition

    The Iggy version on 'The Idiot' is so superior to Bowie's pondweed attempt it's almost unbelievable; Still, at least Bowie's version gave Iggy the recognition he deserved, having missed out on SO much...especially when Bowie and his ego-ego hid (Iggy and) The Stooges away whilst he unleashed "his" creation, Z-Iggy Stardust on an unaware of the TRUTH world...1972's 'Raw Power' not being released until 1973 when folk thought Iggy was copying Bowie. "And when I get excited, my little China girl says "oh, Jimmy, just you shut your mouth...She says'Ssshhhh....' ".

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • metawirt

    @rosaelefant: Yes, this photo shows how close they were... ;)

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
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