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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Track of the Day: Iggy Pop

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 7:10 AM

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In conversation, Iggy Pop sounds kinda like an affable, beer-drinking sports bar regular from the Midwest. But on his new disc Preliminaires, he ups the class factor to sound more like a wine swilling Frenchman. The Stooges front man decided to completely shift gears and take inspiration overseas after reading Michel Houellebecq's The Possibility of an Island, which he claims gave him "intense pleasure" (on Pop's "A Machine for Loving," Houellebecq is given co-writing credits).

The punk godfather also looks to Antonio Carlos Jobim (whose "How Insensitive" he covers) while evoking Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker, and Serge Gainsbourge in his subject matter and string arrangments. The best songs have a smoky, candlelit jazz club vibe, which he should've stuck to throughout ("Nice to Be Dead" is more fromage than Frenchie). But tunes like "Les Feuilles Mortes" (which you can hear at You Are the Music) are perfect uses for Pop's deep, weathered croon. 

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