Thursday, July 14, 2005

Godfather of punk mindf*cks the librarian of public radio

Today on NPR's Fresh Air , engaging interviewer Terry Gross spoke to Stooges' front man Iggy Pop and it was brilliant.

Iggy was promoting his new cd, A Million in Prizes: The Iggy Pop Anthology. Listening to Iggy being interviewed by the always-true-to-herself Gross was like listening to, or better yet wishing you were watching, a remake of Lennon and Ono co-hosting the The Mike Douglas Show. Iggy is the man who rolled in shattered glass to the delight of his audience and talked female fans into undressing on stage. And Gross, well the photo above speaks volumes.

Some highlights
  • Gross commented on Iggy's body. Said his arms were pumped, but his chest was small. Iggy said that he doesn't pump and then attributed, in part, to the fact that he does "a lot of sex."

  • They talked about the album Raw Power. Iggy decided they should listen to the track "Gimme Danger." Gross asked why. Iggy said because it was the most musically complex. Then went on to talk about some high-brow ideals behind the song, but ended by saying, basically that it was about the fact that he goes for "bad chicks."

  • At one point, Iggy described drugs as the "enabler of deeper things." Said they blocked out all the negative thoughts like 'never going to finish' and 'not worth your time.' But then agreed that the drugs lose their positive purpose and become all negative. He then equated drugs to living in a neighborhood where everyone becomes popular and so condos start popping up everywhere. As Iggy said, "Drugs build condos [on your body] until you don't want to live there no more."

  • Iggy talked about his relationship with rock star f*cker/performer Nico and how she taught him to be sexual on stage by saying things to him like to grow his hair long and push it over his face because no one wanted to look at his face. And that he had to do more on stage because as she said, "They want to see poison on stage." Gross wondered if she was talking about drugs ... and Iggy said, "No, she meant chicks dig bad boys."

There's more, so listen. I apologize in advance for any incorrect specifics, hold me only to the whole.


At 9:15 PM, Blogger CHW said...

Excellent recap! Thanks for doing. Iggy is a hoot.

At 10:43 PM, Blogger tj1972 said...

Agree, TripleJ, it was quite brilliant. Thanks for the summary. And, love the juxtaposed pics of Gross and Iggy ... couldn't be more different. The only thing you left out was how Iggy obviously misspoke when lumping the Grateful Dead into a group of bands that he felt was "as phony as a two dollar bill."

At 12:15 AM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

nice. cant wait to listen to this. iggy is always entertaining. plus, dude's ripped.

At 9:48 AM, Blogger princessmalin said...

OK so yeah. Chicks do dig bad boys. But only temporarily. Assuming, of course, that "bad" is deliciously subjective.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger jsbankston said...

Did anyone see Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes"? It was...different, with Jarmusch's usual glacial pacing. Anyway, there's a scene where Iggy and Tom Waits get together in a bar for a summit conference, as well as others featuring Bill Murray and the Wu Tang Clan, and Jack and Meg White and a faulty Tesla coil.

RE: bad boys: gals say they want a nice guy, but they make the nice guys into friends and go out with the abusive assholes.

At 1:49 PM, Blogger TripleJ said...

Thanks tj1972 for reminding me about Iggy's rant on late '60s/early '70s bands. I do agree with you about the Dead. He really laid into CSN&Y and then deservedly went after Starship for going from 'White Rabbit' to 'We Built This City on Rock and Roll.'

Paul Kantner hung at bar in SF a friend of mine worked. I had several beers with the guy over two years. Couldn't have been nicer or cooler.

At 4:54 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

I've never thought Grace Slick to be especially attractive, but she gives off a vibe that she'd be a fun old gal to hang with.

Actually, Grace wrote "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love" for her old band, "The Great Society," and brought them with her when she left it for "Jefferson Airplace."

Let's also not forget that craptacular Starship song for the Andrew McCarthy epic, "Mannequin." (Oh, those fabulous 80s!)

And Mickey "Fooled Around and Fell In Love" Thomas shoulda just stayed with the Elvin Bishop Band.

Triple J, you're an old San Franciscan--whatever happened to Airplane House after they sold it?

At 12:09 AM, Anonymous mrs. satisfied said...

is iggy on roids, or what? i mean, come on, he's ripped from "the sex"? unless he's doing missionary style pushups ...

At 6:27 AM, Blogger jsbankston said...

I think IP has just always been like that. I saw a revealing photo of him recently, and I doubt he's doing steroids because he has none of the, er, shrinkage normally associated with that drug.


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