Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Pop Life

Happy birthday to Mr. Pop. First bit of recent Iggy Pop news: it seems now that The Passenger, an Iggy & The Stooges biopic, is on hold, making it even more mythical than The Gospel According to Janis, a long-proposed Janis Joplin biopic. (Fore more on the Iggy side of things, see: Brock Thiessen, "Iggy Pop Nixes Biopic," Exclaim! News, 3/31/2009, http://www.exclaim.ca/)

Next bit seems to put Iggy in some weird new astral corner, possibly near Billy Bob Thornton and Joaquin Phoenix -- or are all three stooges simply pulling our legs?

“I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music,” he says -- but is he entirely serious? Is this a phase, Iggy's Blue Period? Iggy belting out a French tune in the spirit of Édith Piaf seems too bizarre to be true, but truth is stranger than fiction.

Will Iggy's song "King of the Dogs" become a top 40 hit? Maybe somewhere.

For more on the new album Préliminaires, here's a link: http://blog.iggypoppreliminaires.com/

Happy 62nd birthday, dude!

Today's Rune: Separation (Reversed).


Johnny Yen said...

That's awesome! I saw the Ig, with the Stooges, about two years ago, the day after he turned 60!

My kids and I were talking about Iggy this weekend-- the irony that after prodigious drug and alcohol use, he's still around, and poor Ron Asheton, who, from all reports, was much more prudent, passed away last year. I guess it pays to have a Lust For Life.

the walking man said...

Did he collaborate with Tom Waits?

Anonymous said...

I love that song! Chairman of the bored, now the King of the Dogs... and his birthday is Earth day - how'd I miss that?! Remember, St. Iggy got his early musical exposure sneaking into black blues clubs as a kid - this venture doesn't seem so odd to me in that light. Oh oh, the endless sea...


jodi said...

The Igster rocks it out!

Erik Donald France said...

Thanks all for the comments! Johnny, indeed. WM/Mark, they do appear nervously together in a scene from Coffee & Cigarettes. JC Anon, you betcha, man, and Jodi -- Exactly true.

Cheers all!

Bubs said...

This is fantastic news. Who cares if he's pulling anyone's leg?

revRecluse said...

Iggy truly is God, and who the hell has the charisma to play in in a film, anyway?