Pop tried to establish himself as a solo artist and auditioned to join other bands such as and , but these ventures were unsuccessful.
At the end of the tour, Pop agreed to join Bowie, also struggling with drug addiction, in moving to Europe to rid themselves of their addictions.
Mark Deming of praised the record, writing that The Idiot showcased a different side of Pop that had yet to be seen, and if fans at the time were expecting Raw Power 2.
I felt much more like laying back and getting behind someone else's work, so that album was opportune, creatively.
However, during interviews, he was often asked about Bowie more than his own work.
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It is a tale of unrequited love inspired by Kuelan Nguyen, partner of French actor-singer , who was also recording at the château at the same time.
The tour, Pop's first since the demise of the Stooges, began on March 1.