The Godfather: Part 2

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Iggy Pop

 

Teddybears (feat. Iggy Pop) – Punkrocker (Squeak E. Kleen Remix)

 

So Iggy Pop is all the rage recently and I figured since I just got back from seeing the Stooges at The Wiltern, now would be a good time to do the follow-up post to the profile I did of The Stooges a while back. Of course it may be more apropos to have the posts reversed… but whatever.

 

So after the Stooges disbanded following Raw Power (actually the second time that Iggy called it quits with his band mates), he then went on to develop quite the relationship with David Bowie, who had been one of the first admirers of Iggy as a musician. Drug addiction actually caused the duo to lay low for a few years, but eventually Iggy went out to accompany Bowie on his Station to Station tour.

 

Afterwards the two would collaborate on Iggy’s solo debut The Idiot. Quite the departure from his sound with the Stooges, this album went on to become a major influence on bands such as Joy Division, Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor manipulated a sample from Nightclubbing for his hit “Closer” and when Ian Curtis was found after his suicide there was a copy of The Idiot still spinning on his turntable.

 

If nothing else, Grace Jones knows what’s up:

 

 

Nightclubbing

 

Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing

 

Iggy and Bowie would follow up The Idiot that same year with Lust for Life, which would become Iggy’s most commercially successful solo work. These days it’s hard to find someone completely unfamiliar with the riff from the title track.

Also “The Passenger” has been covered numerous times by the likes of Nick Cave, Michael Hutchence, Bauhaus, and Siouxsie Sioux.

Siouxsie & The Banshees – The Passenger

Personally my favorite tracks from the album however are “Some Weird Sin” and “Neighborhood Threat”.

Iggy Pop – Some Weird Sin

 

Iggy Pop – Neighborhood Threat

After this Iggy switched labels and recorded the album New Values with a pseudo-reunited Stooges line-up.

Iggy Pop – New Values

During the recording of the next album Soldier Iggy would fight with producer John Williamson over the general sound of the album. Eventually Williamson was fired. If you ask me, Perry Pharell of Jane’s Addiction and Porno For Pyro’s owes quite a bit to the album that resulted.

Iggy Pop – Knocking ’em Down (In the City)

 

The next album would be the largely unsuccessful Party which would result in Iggy being dropped from his label.

Iggy Pop – Pumpin’ For Jill

Iggy’s career would be rejuvenated when Bowie decided to cover some of the songs they wrote together earlier in the early 80’s. Throughout the next 2 decades he would collaborate with numerous different people on different albums to varying degrees of success.

In 2000 Iggy would appear with the pre-Mars Volta/Sparta band “At The Drive-In” on their song “Rolodex Propoganda”. Admittedly this is as much an excuse to post some hardcore as it is to talk about Iggy Pop.

At The Drive-In – Rolodex Propoganda

In 2003 Iggy’s last solo album Skull Ring, in addition to featuring tracks with the original Stooges, also featured multiple collaborations with both Green Day, Peaches, The Trolls and several other single song contributions from others.

Iggy Pop (feat. Green Day) – Private Hell

Iggy Pop – Til Wrong Feels Right

 

NOW FOR THE FUN PART!!!!

Last nights show at the Wiltern was great. As a native of the Detroit area it’s pretty mandatory that I see Iggy do his thing with the guys that started it all, and they did little to disappoint. Strictly a Stooges show, there was none of Iggy’s solo material represented. In fact they didn’t even play any of the material from Raw Power which was recorded with an altered line-up.

Stooges Live

Get rid of that fuckin’ feedback!!!!” says the guy who later proceeded to bang the head of the microphone into the grill of the front of house subs

 

There were two openers last night, the first of which I completely missed due to trying to find my friends outside in the lobby of the Wiltern. I have to take a second to plug the second act though. I only caught 3/4 of their set, but despite multiple technical difficulties, “Sistas In Tha Pit” made me notice enough to want to check out some more of their stuff later on. Click on the link to stream some of their tunes through MySpace. I gather from some recurring themes in Iggy’s lyrics that he has a bit of a thing for black women, so I thought they were and interesting choice for tour mates. Regardless of any of that though, these ladies did their best to rock the house with their raw punk-funk (yes I just created a genre). I’d love to see how much more damage they could do without the technical complications.

Then it was time for the main event. Before the show I had a little wager going as to how many stage-dives Iggy would do throughout the show. I went with 3, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Shirtless from the get go Iggy will rearrange every preconceived notion you have about energy diminishing with old age. Several times throughout the show I had to say to myself “this guy is in his 60’s!!!!” To be quite honest I feel sorry for the stagehands who had a general look of frustration on their face the whole night as they tried to keep the havoc orchestrated by Mr. Pop to a manageable level.

The Stooges @ The Wiltern 04/23/07

 

 

Iggy easily carried the show, but it was fun to watch Mike Watt before the beginning of each song leaning forward and head up as if he were about to take off in a race. There were a handful of songs played from the new album and a couple of tracks from Skull Ring as well, but the band new that everyone wanted to hear the classic material and they went through all of my favorites from the first two albums. I’m wondering how that discussion went while they were picking the set list for the tour. I’d like to think it got interesting when Iggy’s idea of playing songs such as “Dum Dum Boys” got shot down.

Iggy Pop – Dum Dum Boys

Now here’s a tally of the damage done last night”

  • Mic stands thrown across stage – 4(?)
  • Mic stands destroyed – 1 1/2
  • Amps climbed, mounted, and humped by Iggy – 1
  • Amps humped by Mike Watt – 1
  • Times Iggy lost his pants – 1/2
  • Stage dives by Iggy – 3
  • Times Iggy found himself in the crowd by method other than stage dive – 6(?)
  • On-stage riots – 1
  • Times Iggy was accosted by audience members on stage – 3 (that were visible anyway)

 

Iggy Pop IS rock and roll. Today’s bonus is a track that I probably wouldn’t have any other excuse to post anytime soon. Iggy’s no stranger to his songs being used for commercials. Lust for Life = Royal Caribbean and Punkrocker = Cadillac. Well Squeak E. Clean, who did the remix I posted at the beginning of this post, works on a lot of commercial music. He was behind that Adidas commercial that aired a few years ago featuring music from Karen O. of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. I’ll see you guys after Coachella.

Karen O. featuring Squeak E. Clean – Hello Tomorrow

The IdiotLust For LifeNew ValuesSoldierPartySkull RingTwice Upon a TimeRelationship of Command

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4 Responses to “The Godfather: Part 2”

  1. nueve Says:

    That show was the fucking balls. Pop is a legend. I got tired just watching the amount of energy he expended.. I swear that guy burns more calories in 5 minutes on stage then I do in a fucking week. There’s a great performance of him with the Stooges on the Coachella DVD from a few years ago. He’s always just that fucking crazy.

    Think they’ll show up for Coachella this year?

  2. nueve Says:

    P.S. Great article!

  3. Adam Says:

    I really liked that “Punkrocker” remix a lot, once I got used to Iggy’s slightly chipmunk-ed voice. And I’d only really heard the album “Lust for Life” of his solo stuff, so thanks for the tutorial!

  4. David Schatanoff, Jr. Says:

    Punk bassist Mike Watt is joining him, friday, may 4 at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN. Check it out if you’re in the area!

    Dave

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