What fun, what fun

Iggy, born James Osterberg Jr, was a native of Muskegon, Michigan, who rejected the twee high-school band he was in to hang out with blues musicians and things continued from there. (His high school career itself is of course entirely irrelevant.) He describes his musical epiphany like this: “I smoked a big joint by the river and realised that I was not black.” But he did realise that he was a magnetically animal stage presence who revelled in sexy shirtlessness. He had moves like Jagger … better than Jagger.

When Search and Destroy crashes out of the screen, it sounds more terrifying than ever, and Iggy has some great commentary on it. James Williamson’s guitar, he says, fills the space like a drug dog, searching everywhere. Amusingly, he attributes his gift for pithy lyrics to a TV kids’ show presenter called Soupy Sales who asked viewers to write in – but to limit their messages to 25 words. Cheekily, Iggy contrasts this with prolix Bob Dylan, a cartoon of whom is shown droning: “Blah, blah, blah …” (Iggy Pop is one of the few people who can get away with this kind of blasphemy.) Unwholesome rock’n’roll excitement.

The fun being that the drummer and bass guitarist on Lust for Life etc were in fact the sons of Soupy Sales.

5 thoughts on “What fun, what fun”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Amusingly, he attributes his gift for pithy lyrics to a TV kids’ show

    And history turns full circle with Lust for Life being used in children’s TV shows – notably the Simpson and the Rugrats. Not sure why a song about heroin is suitable for the Rugrats but they did change the lyrics a little.

    It is more interesting to me as one of the few pop songs written for the Ukulele. Didn’t we cover this recently?

    But he did realise that he was a magnetically animal stage presence who revelled in sexy shirtlessness. He had moves like Jagger … better than Jagger.

    I have seen Iggy Pop live. He ain’t no Jagger. But then Jagger isn’t very appealing either. I guess I am not the right audience for either.

  2. I wouldn’t see Iggy Pop live if he came to Mackay and I got the tickets for free.

    The Stones are a completely different matter, I have paid serious sums of money to travel long distances to see them. The last time at Hope Wine Estate, with Mick Taylor added to the lineup, was quite sensational.

  3. I’ve only seen one other Jarmusch film, which is Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai which I like a great deal.

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