“All popular music forms of today get their strength from the beat. Rap, hip-hop, metal, pop, and rock producers will tell you that the beats they use imitate the human heartbeat and that is where the power lies. The feeling of listening to any of these forms is always some variation on excitement, but before the birth of the blues there was another form of popular song, in which the timing comes from the human breath and the feelings are much more about emotion. These older ways of expression were known variously as bel canto, chanson, plainsong or just folk music. I've always loved this other feeling, one that is intimate, sometimes a little sad, and does not try to beat me on the head. So I wanted to sing some of these songs myself, hoping to bring the feeling I felt as a listener to my listeners through my voice. Many of these songs are in French, probably because it is French culture which has most stubbornly resisted the mortal attacks of the Anglo-American music machine.“
Iggy Pop - an icon, a rebel, godfather of punk, Iggy and The Stooges' main man with a 40-year-long career. There is no one like Iggy and generations of fans, musicians and music critics can testify to this. He’s also multidimensional which he proves with his new album:
This album is another take on music we do not necessarily associate Iggy with. After the success of his English/French release „Preliminaires“ from 2009 he returns with „Après“ – an album filled with his own versions of songs that inspire him. As Iggy explains his choices song by song in the booklet one cannot help but notice how eclectic, versatile yet well suited this selection is. Iggy’s soothing voice is complimented by beautifully crafted, elegant arrangements that remind us that great tunes are immortal and we can all relate to them no matter what our background is. You don’t need to tamper with them any more than just put your own soul into them.
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Et si tu n’existais pas (Joe Dassin)
La Javanaise (Serge Gainsbourg)
Everybody's Talkin' (Harry Nilsson)
I'm Going Away Smiling (Yoko Ono)
La vie en Rose (Edith Piaf)
Les Passantes (Georges Brassens)
Syracuse (Henri Salvador)
What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter)
Michelle (The Beatles)
Only the Lonely (Frank Sinatra)
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Tomorrow is Iggy Pop's birthday, and Henry Rollins has written a tribute to him in his LA Weekly column. Here is an excerpt below. Henry also will air an all-Iggy show this Saturday, 8-10 p.m., on 89.9 FM KCRW.
From the '60s to this moment, Iggy Pop has been a solid reminder of what happens when an artist stays true to himself only and doesn't give a damn about the rest of it. For this, there is a price to be paid, and most of us cannot and would not have the stamina or the sheer guts to foot the bill.
Elvis Presley has been crowned "the King of Rock & Roll" by someone somewhere, and apparently, it has stuck. That's fine, kings are swell. I have always maintained that Iggy Pop is the Heavyweight Champion of Rock & Roll.
In our lifetime, there will be no other like him. There is no one alive in music who has been battling the forces of nature like Iggy. Nope, sorry, not Mick Jagger, who, in all his uncontested greatness, has left only a small fraction of the blood onstage that Iggy Pop has. Anyone else? I'll answer -- no, there is not.
Read more at Henry Rollins' column in LA Weekly.
Miami-based Sweat Records has confirmed that Iggy Pop will be the guest of honor at its Sweatstock 2012 event this Saturday, April 21st, which happens to be Record Store Day and Iggy's birthday. Iggy is the official ambassador for Record Store Day this year. Read more at SweatRecordsMiami.com.
Get your fix of Iggy and the Stooges on Record Store Day! These pieces will only be available in real live record stores on April 21st.
Iggy Pop is serving as 2012 Record Store Day Ambassador. Show your support for record stores and the music by checking out these and other releases at participating stores!
Iggy and the Stooges have confirmed they will perform at the Brussels Summer Festival on August 12th. Visit InfoFestival.be for ticket information.
Iggy Pop, Joe Jackson Record Duke Ellington Tribute 'It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)'
Iggy Pop has recorded a cover of "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)" with Joe Jackson for the latter's new album "The Duke," a Duke Ellington tribute that's scheduled to be released on June 26th. Get more details about "The Duke" at Grateful Web.
Iggy and the Stooges have scheduled two more shows! The band will perform at the Rockwave Festival in Athens, Greece on July 2nd, and at Hard Rock Calling in London on July 13th. Check out both sites for details.
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Iggy and the Stooges will perform in Colmar, France on August 8th at this year's Foire aux vins de Colmar. The event will be at the Theatre en Plein Air de Colmar and tickets can be purchased at Foire-Colmar.com.