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Contest starts Saturday, December 1, 1PM EST

Live in Detroit 2003 DVD
Live in San Francisco '81 DVD
Live in San Francisco '81 CD (2 bonus tracks!)

Each winner will receive a copy of all above, mailed directly from MVD, after answering correctly some Iggy trivia questions.



NME ties up iTunes video deal
September 11, 2007

More than 50 video podcasts recorded by music magazine NME are now
available to download from the iTunes store. All of the video content,
which contains exclusive interviews with artists such as Iggy Pop and
the Kings of Leon, is free to download. NME has also launched a new
video channel on NME.com, making all of NME's exclusive video
interviews available in one place for the first time on the site. NME
editor Conor McNicholas said: "Our new video services mean music fans
will be able to mine a rich seam of interviews and more from all their
favourite bands. And this is only the start."

Here's the Iggy start:
The Horrors' Faris Rotter interviews Iggy:


Fuji Rock

The Japan Times: Fuji Rock 07: We came, we saw, we survived

The Daily Yomiuri: Fans storm Fuji Rock main stage


CB Music: Lollapalooza: The Highlights - Now With Pictures!

KLRE FM: Lollapalooza 2007 - Day Three

Lumino Magazine: Pop Proves Power of Punk

Chicagoist: Iggy Pop Puts On a Rock Primer at Lollapalooza

Slate: The critical buzz on Lonelygirl15 and Lollapalooza.

Daily Southtown: Concert review: Lolla's third day a battle of the bands with Pearl Jam, Iggy, Morning Jacket

Chicago Tribune: Pop punctuates festival's sweaty fervor

The Age: Iggy's lust for life

Washington Post: Entertainment Summary

Chicago Sun-Times: Smells like Lollapalooza

Rolling Stone: Iggy and the Stooges Cause a Near Riot at Lollapalooza Day Three
http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/08/06/iggy-and-the-stooges- cause-a-near-riot-at-lollapalooza-day-three/

Spinner: Iggy Pop Maintains King of Punk Crown at Lollapalooza

Chicago Daily Herald: Lollapalooza closes with great 'Jam'

Time Out Chicago: Lollapalooza Day 3: Iggy & the Stooges

yourhereblog.mtv: Lollapalooza ‘07: Seriously, Iggy, You’re Gonna Break A Hip Here

flickr: Lollapalooza Day 3 PIX



Oakland Press: NEW!: Web Exclusive Iggy, Stooges show they 'Belong' to Meadow ...

Northwest Herald: Lollapalooza 2007: Top Fives

New Live Stooges DVD

NME: Iggy and The Stooges to release DVD, Ric Ocasek Driving Bonuses on Iggy Live CD

antiMusic: Iggy Pop and The Stooges Live Reunion DVD

Metallic KO reissue

The Original 1976 Album -
the notorious 'Last Ever Iggy & the Stooges Show'!

'METALLIC K.O.' is the remarkable album of Iggy & The Stooges
confrontational 'last ever gig' (until their reunion almost 30 years
later). Effectively the fourth Stooges album with then brand new and
unheard songs, it was released in 1976 three years after 'Raw Power'
while Iggy was in limbo. Soon after the gig Iggy checked into a mental

The sound of kamikaze Iggy provocatively abusing his audience and then
dodging eggs and bottles thrown by a biker gang enhanced Iggy's
reputation in the embryonic punk scene as the Punk Godfather. Nothing
like it had been heard before. It became a must-have album and far
out-sold the first three Stooges albums, with sales of over 100,000.

It is now re-issued with the original LP track list - previously it had
been extended to a double-CD with the complete 1973 & 1974 shows it is
taken from. In the 2007 re-mastering, an original tape-speed error was
discovered and corrected - so now for the first time the album can be
heard at the correct pitch.

The booklet contains Iggy Pop's story of the events surrounding the gigs
as well as contemporaneous reports from Nick Kent, Giovanni Dadomo and
Lester Bangs. An essential album for any Iggy fan!

Nick Kent said: 'I'm convinced that side two is a masterpiece' and
Lester Bangs said: 'It's the only rock album I know where you can
actually hear hurled beer bottles breaking against guitar strings'.

Raw Power; Head On; Gimme Danger; Rich Bitch; Cock In My Pocket; 'Iggy
Talk's; Louie Louie. Michigan Palace Detroit, Oct 73, Feb 74.

FREUD CD 96 - 1xCD edition
UK DP £5.25. UK Release date: October 1st Info: Alan Hauser

Iggy Pop joins Raindance judging panel

Digital Spy - UK: Iggy Pop joins Raindance judging panel


7.8.07:  Many videos from the latest leg of the Weirdness Tour here.

New Stooges' dates: Croatia, Finland

28 August 2007
Croatia, Zagreb, In Music Festival

9 September 2007
Finland, Helsinki, Icehall

6.24.07: Meltdown:

Jonathan Ross Show:

Video of the show, interview and "Dog" live.


The entire set, professionally filmed, for one week only: "Loose," "Down On The Street," "1969," "Dog," "TV Eye," "My Idea Of Fun," "Dirt,"
"Real Cool Time," "No Fun," "Shadow Of Your Smile " "I Feel Alright," "Funhouse," "Skull Ring,"


6.10.07: New Stooges'dates confirmed:

06.28.07: Festival De Blois, Blois, France
07.19.07: Bencassim Festival, Valencia, Spain
08.31.07: Rock the House, Harewod House, Leeds, UK.
09.11.07: B-1 Maximum, Moscow, Russia

Lust for Life Garden wins award, and free concert planned

By Allison Martin 23/05/2007

A GARDEN inspired by singer Iggy Pop has won a silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. The design named after his hit song Lust for Life was runner up in the Best Chic Garden category. The star, who is known as the Godfather of Punk, said he was delighted with the garden created by The Children's Society.
He said: "It's awesome the Lust for Life garden won a silver medal. It's great to know my music reaches out to so many and inspires." He added: "I'm honoured The Children's Society's garden is inspired by my music and wholeheartedly support the work they do - they rock."

The garden features an arc of water which moves in rhythmic bursts to the beat of Lust For Life. Richard Johnson at the charity said: "We are delighted that our first ever entry into Chelsea has scooped a silver medal." The garden will later be dismantled and rebuilt within one of the charity's projects for disadvantaged children.

In support of The Children's Society , Iggy and the Stooges will participate in a concert for the charuty August 31st at Harewood House.

Iggy and the Stooges appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show 4.24.07;


4.06.07: Iggy in Memphis

Iggy humps the monitor at Memphis

4.4.07: Kurt Cobain wanted to collaborate with Iggy Pop

Legend missed Nirvana man's call. Nirvana's Kurt Cobain wanted to collaborate with Iggy Pop.

According to Pop, the late singer left an answerphone message for him, but then was impossible to make contact with.Pop said: "He called me up once at two in the morning. But this was when I was old enough to start going to bed at 9.30. When I'm not gigging I'm sensible so I didn't take his call. "It was cool because it was a great musician at this peak and he's going 'Iggy this is Kurt Cobain, let's get in the studio man.' So he leaves me a number for the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Pop told PR Insider: "Then every time I would call it was like, 'Mr Cobain is under the bed,' or 'We haven't heard from Mr Cobain in three days'."

Iggy Pop Makes Rare TV Appearance
And speaks very candidly...

by Scott Colothan on May 4, 2007

The legend that is Iggy Pop has made a rare TV outing in the US, on The Henry Rollins show.The show has already been filmed, but premieres in the US tonight and sees Iggy perform with The Stooges and talk candidly about his life and music. Iggy speaks about The Stooges’ new record ‘The Weirdness’ and revealed that he wasn’t too keen on them getting back together after their 33 year absence. He said: "I didn't want a reunion. I did not want to have a picnic anywhere and run through our old shit." Reflecting on when they first got together, Iggy said: "We didn't have any money for a band house. So I went to Detroit, I borrowed a shovel from The MC5 and I took some mescaline and I went to a barn. “I spent about ten hours till I came down just trying to dig soot out of this burned out house... That's sort of an attitude. You can't stop a guy like that."

You can watch The Stooges perform their track ‘I’m Fried’ here.

BBC News
Friday, 27 April 2007

Iggy Pop has turned 60. Three decades ago, if you'd put money on that eventuality, you'd have become rich. He embodies every excess ever associated with rock stars. Somehow, the man regarded as the forerunner of the punk movement, has survived drug addiction, self-mutilation, mental disorders and violence. Add to his life mixture other noxious ingredients including under-age sex, habitual indecent exposure and infidelity, and you just about have the archetypal feral rock star. According to music journalist Paul Lester: "When you look at the edgy, dark side of rock and roll, when you take away all the myths of books and films or whatever, there are only two people who embody the essence of the rock star - Keith Richards and Iggy Pop. Iggy has sold hardly any records in comparison but he's the biggest underground star in history." Even at 60, Iggy Pop is still diving into his audience, a practice he first began in the 1960s as a way of "connecting" with it. Iggy Pop, real name James Osterberg Jr, was always something of a misfit both personally and musically. He grew up as an only child in a trailer park near Ann Arbor, in Michigan. Iggy Pop's concerts are still as energetic today. His father was a teacher, and a strict disciplinarian, and James grew up as a bright kid surrounded by low achievers. Then later at his high school, he was surrounded by students far richer than him. In the mid to late 1960s when the hippies' peace and love ideal was becoming more and more commercialised, young Osterberg felt more and more alienated. Alienation was a feeling that was to last. Named after his first school band, The Iguanas, he achieved notoriety with Iggy and the Stooges. The group set its sail firmly against the prevailing musical wind, rejecting harmony and counter-cultural experimentation for industrial discord and raw, energetic, unkempt rock. One critic branded it "simplistic aural thuggery". Iggy Pop's concert performances were outlandish, what the writer Lester Bangs once described as "illiterate chaos".At one famous gig in New York, he landed on a table full of glasses which shattered under his weight, cutting him so badly that he nearly died through loss of blood. Yet he managed to finish the performance first.

Stooges split

The Stooges' albums were slaughtered in the music press, and most of their audiences didn't like the band, subjecting Iggy Pop to all manner of abuse which he dutifully learnt to return.This phenomenon became a feature of the British punk music a decade later. Today, he still spits on his audiences, albeit in a more "ritualised" context. By the end of the 1970s, Iggy and The Stooges had split up, burnt out and largely unappreciated but for the odd song like I Wanna Be Your Dog. Their bass guitarist Dave Alexander had drunk himself to death. The music industry turned its back on them. Iggy characterised the group's time together as "all the Ds - destruction, depravity, dispossession, decadence and despair". He might have added another one later - direction, for they would become a huge influence on the developing music scene. Iggy Pop embarked on an erratic solo career, helped by his then friend and mentor David Bowie who had rescued him from an LA psychiatric ward where he was being treated for mental disorders and addictions.

David Bowie was a friend and mentor

Bowie took him to Berlin where he produced two Iggy Pop albums, Lust for Life and The Idiot. There were two classic pop singles too, The Passenger and Real Wild Child. Bowie collaborated on the 1986 Blah Blah Blah album and his own work, Jean Genie, was said to have been written about Iggy Pop. The advent of Grunge saw Iggy Pop's stock rise. The soundtrack from the film Trainspotting exposed him to a new generation. Songs like The Passenger then received wide publicity through TV commercials.
Covers of his songs became widespread including by Bowie himself.

The decision to re-form The Stooges in 2004 was taken partly as a response to the growing recognition and to the so-called "corporatisation" of rock. Their concerts recaptured the energy and dynamism of their heyday, Iggy retaining his charisma despite his advancing years. They have been lucrative for the band members too, though their new album, The Weirdness, their first in 34 years, has not had great reviews.Nevertheless, inevitably, in private, Iggy Pop has left the wild days far behind. His biggest vice nowadays, he says, is a glass or two of red wine and coffee. "I do about 40 minutes a day of exercises of a Chinese origin called Qi Qong," he says. "It's like Tai Chi. I try to go to bed early and I try to anticipate all my perversions and lusts and take care of them efficiently. That seems to work for me."


Pop goes Chelsea
The Church Times

Lust for life: veteran punk Iggy Pop
Angus Thompson’s design for the Children’s Society’s garden for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show is intended to reflect children’s dreams and zest for life through vibrant colours and “thought bubbles”.

An arc of water representing the power of the human spirit is to flow in rhythmic bursts, imitating the beat of the rock musician Iggy Pop’s energetic pop song “Lust for Life”. Iggy Pop said: “‘Lust for Life’ is full of optimism, as young people should be . . . but too many aren’t. I’m honoured that the Children’s Society’s garden is inspired by my music, and wholeheartedly support what they do.”

The garden is sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance. This year's Chelsea Flower Show runs from 22 to 26 May.

Iggy Pop supports flower garden
Story from BBC NEWS
Published: 2007/04/30 09:59:42 GMT

Rock star Iggy Pop is backing a charity garden at the Chelsea Flower Show which has been named after his hit song Lust for Life.  The garden, created by The Children's Society, will be displayed from 22 May.
"Lust for Life is full of optimism as young people should be, but too many aren't," said Pop. The charity's Richard Johnson said: "Punk and petunias don't normally mix, but our garden inspired by Iggy Pop is bringing rock 'n' roll to Chelsea."


The 60-year-old, who is known for his wild stage antics, has taken a keen interest in plans for the garden. "I'm honoured that The Children's Society's garden is inspired by my music and wholeheartedly support the work that they do - they rock," he said. The focal point of the garden is an arc of water, which will be programmed to the beat of the Lust for Life single. There will also be three "dream bubbles", which were inspired by Roald Dahl's The BFG.


IGGY POP was so determined to ensure his group the Stooges would have a band home in their early days, he spent a day renovating a burnt out house. The band had no money for proper accommodation, but that didn't stop Pop. He explains, "We didn't have any money for a band house. So I went to Detroit, I borrowed a shovel from The MC5 and I took some mescaline and I went to a barn...I spent about 10 hours til I came down just trying to dig soot out of this burned out house. "That's sort of an attitude. You can't stop a guy like that."


"I didn't want a reunion. I did not want to have a picnic anywhere and run through our old s**t." Punk icon IGGY POP admits he initially didn't want to be part of a Stooges reunion.

May 4, 2007

Punk rocker IGGY POP has defended writing songs about his penis insisting it is a "perfectly natural" subject. The Stooges singer has been blasted by critics for penning tracks about his appendage on the band's latest album The Weirdness. But the star is adamant his penis has a place in music. He says, "You write about things of importance to you. And it's gotta be for real. Do I think about my dick? All the time. I got a right (to think) to sing about it. "If I thought, 'It's time to write a rock song, I'd better mention my dick,' then I wouldn't even be able to say 'dick' right. But it's nature-oriented."

May 2, 2007
No Fun’? Not these Stooges

ERNEST A. JASMIN; The News Tribune
Published: April 27th, 2007 01:00 AM
Rock band the Stooges, along with fearless leader Iggy Pop, reunited in 2003, and in March the band released “The Weirdness,” its first album in more than 30 years.

Hated in their heyday but nearly universally celebrated today, the Stooges still have some good rock left in them old bones. Just quit offering them peanut butter already. The Stooges weren’t a household name in their early ’70s heyday. But their impact on hard rock was profound.
The quartet became infamous for a grimy and primal sound, and the bizarre antics of front man Iggy Pop – a guy with a penchant for self-mutilation and using peanut butter like sunscreen.

The Stooges – also brothers Ron and Scott Asheton, on guitar and drums, and the late Dave Alexander on bass – broke up in 1973. But by then the Detroit rockers had laid the foundation for punk and grunge.

The band recently released “The Weirdness,” its first album in more than three decades. The band, now a trio (Alexander died in 1975), will play a few of those new songs, peppered into a set that’s also sure to include old favorites “Down on the Street,” “No Fun” and “I Wanna Be Your Dog” tonight at Seattle’s WaMu Theater.

Ron Asheton recently gave us a call to talk about his band’s legacy and being tired of a certain sandwich spread.

I’ve been reading about your gig at South by Southwest. Do you feel you’ve rekindled the magic?

Well, we already did from the very first (reunion show) in 2003 at Coachella. So the momentum’s there, and we’re really on a roll. … It’s kind of like the world has finally caught up with us.

People pretty much universally respect you now. But a lot of people hated you back then. Can you point to a tipping point?

(Critics) dissed the records, dissed the live performances. We got a big kick out of it. It never made us angry. … The worse they said about it, the more we liked it, because any press is good press. And all that did was make people more curious.

By “Funhouse” (the band’s second album) it started to turn a little bit. … But of course it got screwed up, and the band broke up. And there was that break between the “Funhouse” period and then going on to (third album) “Raw Power.” That was a short-lived and kind of not very satisfying time. And then the Stooges were gone.

So “Raw Power” wasn’t your favorite album?

No, I like the music. Imagine, I’m the co-creator of the Stooges. I get kicked out of my position on guitar (for James Williamson). I wrote those songs and participated in those two records, and then (was) kind of being demoted temporarily. And actually it wasn’t a band. It was actually Iggy’s first solo (record).

I love all of the songs. “Search and Destroy” is a really great song. It was just being shut out. … We don’t do those now because they’re James’ songs. … It’s James’ song, and he has his way he plays it. It would be like a cover song for me.

Many would argue that punk as we know it would not have existed without the Stooges. Do you agree?

Yes, absolutely. I never thought about it until people started saying that. … There was that simplicity, the power of it; the accessibility of it; how people could actually relate to the anger of it and the sex of it. And that’s what I liked about our music. It was accessible to people.

(Sonic Youth’s) Thurston Moore and (The Minutemen’s) Mike Watt, when I was with them playing said how important that music was to them. And one of the reasons was that they could sit down when they were starting out on their instruments and actually figure (it) out.

You’re all pushing 60 at this point. I’ve read that Iggy still does the stage dives. But what are the chances he’ll bust out the peanut butter?

Peanut butter was nothing he came up with. It was just a dude in the crowd. … And he only had the peanut butter because it was his food. So oddly enough when we go to shows, in the dressing room, they put peanut butter on the table. There’s always a jar of peanut butter.

Do you get sick of peanut butter?

Yeah. They’re kinda goin’, “Do the peanut butter thing.” It was just a one-off (episode). He never carried any peanut butter. It was just he got handed a jar of peanut butter. And what’s he gonna do? Smear it on himself. It’s what he decided to do.

Ernest Jasmin

Degenerate rock lives with Iggy Pop and the Stooges
(Original Publication: April 25, 2007)

James Osterberg is on the line, calling from his home in Miami where he's resting up before returning to the road in his role as the most feral front man in the history of rock 'n' roll - as a guy called Iggy Pop.

Iggy may be inching toward the retirement age of his fellow Floridians, but along with original band members Ron and Scott Asheton, plus bass player Mike Watt and sax man Steve MacKay, he's just released "The Weirdness," the first new album by the Stooges in 34 years.

Back in the day, the nasty and brutish band's songs such as "Search and Destroy" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog" did more to make rock 'n' roll safe for degenerates than anyone this side of the Velvet Underground.

And while Iggy is no longer self-destructive privately - today fine French wine is his strongest vice - he's still a shirtless, untamed beast on stage.

"The Weirdness" is not a particularly masterful return to form, but the Stooges' performance last month at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, was a complete triumph, and fans of truly savage, gloriously unkempt hard rock will regret it if they miss seeing the band.

Why do the Stooges make sense for you now?

"I never made a conscious decision. It just kind of snuck up on me. It ... occurs to me that I'm doing it now because I can, basically. From about '76 to '95 I was going out playing whatever record I had at the time, and two or three Stooges songs, and it was getting a bit boring. I was by choice working with a bunch of young musicians who were friends of my son who were like a knuckleheaded version of the Stooges. ... And it was probably cosmically correct at that point: Why not just do the real thing?

What were you hearing in the late '60s that made you want to play in a band that was so raw and primal and aggressive?

"I had pretty well absorbed the best of the British bands circa '65 to '70 and what they were doing, which was taking the great American hillbilly and black music that America had totally rejected, to make Perry Como records. ... They rejected this music, and gave it away. Threw it away, and gave it to these English people to sell back to us! And what a shame! Shame, shame, shame on you, America for that!

... I never thought there'd be a big audience. I thought, maybe there'll be 50 people who are interested in it. And that was great for me. I was just a guy who wanted to be a musician. ... You know, every once in a while we'll be playing live and something will sound good, and I'll go ... 'I'm getting pretty good here.' You know, that's a wonderful feeling. That's kind of what I got into it for. To see if I could do something that sounds good."

You turn 60 next week, and you're rather ripped. How do you keep your girlish figure, Iggy?

"I do about 40 minutes a day of exercises of a Chinese origin called qi gong. You can do them in a bathroom in a pinch. It's like tai chi. I try not to totally pig out at all times, and try to go to bed early. And I try to anticipate all my perversions and lusts and take care of them efficiently. That seems to work for me.

Were you conflicted about selling your song "Lust for Life" to be used in a TV commercial for Carnival Cruise Lines?

"No, I feel great about that. It suits me. For one thing, I think my few long-suffering fans are happy for me ... and whether it's my solo stuff or the Stooges, when you hear it, it'll still hurt your ear. It still sounds spiky. I got laughed off and blown off by people who thought they had a lock on the media for 30 years. And these are the people who stole rock 'n' roll, who wrote songs that were disguised as music that were actually already commercials! No, I feel great about it."


Friday, April 06, 2007
BY ALAN SCULLEY for The Columbian

...This set the stage for Stubb's that evening and the festival's marquee act - Iggy Pop and the Stooges.

The Iggster, rock's own Tasmanian devil, was in fine form, and for the encore, Pop invited anyone who wanted to dance with the Stooges on stage as the band launched into "No Fun." It was chaotic, utterly entertaining and even a bit dangerous - in short, everything rock and roll should be.

Wandering out of Stubbs, I remembered to retrieve my liver, which had been sucking down Chimays at The Driskill for roughly 82 hours. My liver was happy, and so was I. And even my sore feet were saying they couldn't wait until next year.

The Statesman

Stooges let loose, put raw power on display
Monday, March 19, 2007

There is nothing, nothing, nothing in rock 'n' roll more powerful than when the Stooges open a show with "Loose." The bass line is full-on, frantic Motor City madness, and then comes Ron Asheton's riot-in-the-streets guitar and vein-covered Iggy Pop running all over the stage and doing body contortions in time to the beat.

The guy next to me at the Stooges' jam-packed show at Stubb's on Saturday night said the band would almost certainly open with a song from its new album. "That's what they're here to promote," he said, but you've never seen a guy so happy to be wrong.

For me, "Loose" was THE defining moment of SXSW, as the world's first alternative rock band (the grass-roots Rolling Stones) put pushing product way behind frying neck hairs on the priority list.

Such songs as "Trollin' " from their new album the Weirdness would come later, but first Iggy and the Stooges had to establish themselves as the undisputed kings of the fest. And guess what?

Everyone in line with a badge eventually got in by the time a corny "No Fun," which had a stage full of ridiculously grinning fans "dancing," ended the set at the 45-minute point.

How's this for an opening trilogy? After "Loose," the Stooges did "I Wanna Be Your Dog," with Iggy diving into the crowd, followed by "T.V. Eye," Ron Asheton's greatest guitar moment.

A couple of disappointments: 1) It appears that the Stooges play to taped augmentation. This was revealed when the bass line for "Skull Ring" kept pumping while bassist Mike Watt was working amp problems with his sound tech. It's OK to use the canned help, but never let the audience know. 2) Asheton's guitar wasn't as loud as it should've been.

I saw a better Stooges show in New Orleans about three years ago, and the guitar and Iggy's voice were on equal footing. Saturday night posed Iggy as the focal point, and he is a star, but the ugly beauty of the Stooges was when Iggy flailed in the feedback of chaos coming from stage left.

— Michael Corcoran


3.20.07: Winners Announced at the 2007 Detroit Music Awards

DETROIT, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, Trick Trick,
Jill Jack, Liz Larin, the Brothers Groove, Hot Club of Detroit, Jesse
Palter, Orquesta Sensacional and Amp Fiddler were among the leading winners
at the 16th Annual Detroit Music Awards, presented Friday night (April
20th) at the State Theatre in Downtown Detroit.
Seger took home three DMAs: Outstanding National Major Label Recording
for his 2006 album "Face the Promise," and Outstanding National Single and
Outstanding Video, Major Budget for the single "Wait For Me." Pop's award
was in the Outstanding Anthology/Compilation/Reissue category for "20th
Century Masters -- Millennium Collection: The Best of Iggy Pop."
Multiple DMA winners included Hot Club of Detroit (4), Jill Jack (3),
Liz Larin (3), the Brothers Groove (3), Amp Fiddler (3), Orquesta
Sensacional (3), Jesse Palter (3), Bugs Beddow (2), the Hummingbirds (2),
Vinnie Dombroski (2) and the Hard Lessons (2).
The awards, administered by the Motor City Music Foundation, were
presented in 70 categories. Also, Distinguished Achievement Awards were
presented to longtime Detroit blues singer Alberta Adams and to the jazz
club Baker's Keyboard Lounge. "High Tech Soul," a documentary about
Detroit's electronic music scene, received a Special Achievement Award.
Performers at Friday's ceremony included the Go, Trick Trick,
Ectomorph, Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Mr. Wrong, Alberta Adams, God's Army
and the trio of Jeff Grand, Jim McCarty & Bobby East. The show was hosted
by MC Serch.
More information is available at http://www.detroitmusicawards.com.

Outstanding National Major Label Recording: Bob Seger, "Face the Promise"
Outstanding National Single: Bob Seger, "Wait For Me"
Outstanding Anthology/Compilation/Reissue: Iggy Pop, "20th Century Masters
-- Millennium Collection: The Best of Iggy Pop
Outstanding Live Performance: Brothers Groove
Outstanding Live Sound Technician: Donnie Davenport
Outstanding Local Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Outstanding National Small/Independent Label Recording: Hot Club of
Detroit, "Hot Club of Detroit"
Outstanding Record Producer: Martin "Tino" Gross
Outstanding Recording Studio: Studio A; Tempermill (tie)
Outstanding Video/Limited Budget: Hot Club of Detroit, "Swing One"
Outstanding Video/Major Budget: Bob Seger, "Wait For Me"


4.02.07: Bam's Stooges' episode, DC show webcast

Bam's Unholy Union Stooges' episode on MTV, Tuesday, April 3rd.!

Washington, D.C. show to be webcast by NPR 10:30PM EST, April 5th!


3.22.07: New Date in Switzerland, video from Paris and SXSW

1 June 2007
Switzerland, Neuchatel, Festival

SXSW Video:

Stooges "Greedy Awful People" mars 2007 France

Stooges interview mars 2007

Stooges "ATM" Live mars 2007


Iggy & The Stooges - Real Cool Time/No Fun - Live 2006


3.15.07:The Stooges at SXSW! Here's the schedule:

Friday, March 16th - A day of Iggy & the Stooges at SXSW

1:00 - 1:45 PM: At the KLCU studios, there is a live KEXP performance & inteview. Only 300 people will be admitted, so get there early to guarantee admission. This is first come, first served.

2:20 - 2:40 PM EST: Iggy & The Stooges will be live on Indie 103.1 w/ Steve Jones

3:30 PM: Iggy & The Stooges will be featured for SPOTLIGHT/Q&A w/ David Fricke @ Austin Convention Center @ 3:30pm

6:00 - 7:00 PM: There will be an in-store at the Waterloo store. First come first served until capacity.

03.17.07:       SXSW Festival, Austin, Texas, US. 12:30AM, Stubb's Bar-B-Q




Attention Southern California Stooges fans! Want to be a part of an exclusive major LIVE internet event with Iggy & the Stooges?

Yahoo! Music and the Capitol Music Group want you to join us when the Stooges take the stage for Nissan Live Sets in West Los Angeles, CA!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
7 pm (subject to change, you need to arrive two hours before)
Location: West Los Angeles

The first 200 fans to email us at Invite@YahooLiveSets.com will get in the doors for this exclusive taping. Plus you get to bring a friend. Please email us your name, your location, and tell us how much you love the Stooges. We will contact you if you are chosen to attend.


You must be at least 16 years old to attend. Fans under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You must provide your own transportation and accommodations (if necessary).

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!


03.07.07: The reviews are coing in at brealnet speed. Stay tuned for a new page due this w/e!

Iggy & the Stooges are featured on the COVER of the brand new issue (March-April) of American Songwriter Magazine hitting the stands now.





SXSW Iggy interview: March 16th, 3:30PM

SXSW Stooges show: March 17th, 12:30PM

Bam's Bash -- and Pop
The Stooges play Bam's wedding


The Stooges Weirdness Tour 2007
US Ticket sales start February 20th!

03.08.07:       Caprices Festival, Crans-Montana, Switzerland.
03.17.07:       SXSW Festival, Austin, Texas, US. At Stubb's Bar-B-Q

04.07.07:       U.S. Boston, Orpheum
04.09.07:       U.S. New York, United Palace
04.11.07:       U.S. Philadelphia, Electric Factory
04.13.07:       U.S. Detroit, Fox Theatre
04.17.07:       U.S. Denver, Fillmore Auditorium
04.15.07:       U.S. Chicago, Congress Theatre
04.19.07:       U.S. San Francisco, The Warfield
04.21.07:       U.S. San Francisco, The Warfield
04.23.07:       U.S. L.A., Wiltern Theatre
04.27.07        U.S. Seattle, WaMu Theater at Qwest Field Events

05.27.07:       Pinkpop, the Netherlands.

06.28.07:        ROAD Fest 2007, Zrenjanin, Serbia.
(per venue booker) *
06.30.07:       Peace and Love 2007, Borlänge, Sweden.
07.03.07:       Palais Des Sport, Paris, France.

07.21.07:       Tromso Open Air Festival, Bukta, Norway


02.04.07: Download "My Idea of Fun" from the new CD by clicking here!

02.01.07: Stooges to play Jackass wedding

The Weirdness Tracklist

You Can't Have Friends
My Idea Of Fun
The Weirdness
Free & Freaky
Greedy Awful People
She Took My Money
End Of Christianity
Mexican Guy
Passing Cloud
I'm Fried



 New EMI/Virgin CD "The Weirdness" release date
March 5, 2007: Europe
March 6, 2007:  USA

New Stooges Concert Dates

03.08.07:      Caprices Festival, Crans-Montana, Switzerland.
     River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, with the Who. *
06.28.07:      ROAD Fest 2007, Zrenjanin, Serbia. *

06.??.07:      Peace and Love 2007, (6.28-30.07) Borlänge, Sweden.
( * Awaiting official booking/management confirmation)

Several new video, audio files added:

New Punkrocker video
Pretenders Decades Rock video: Iggy sings "Fools Must Die."
New Dutch video interview
video page

New Rolling Stone audio interview
audio page

I've deleted the site page for 800X600 resolution, index3.html. Sorry if anyone still uses it but there are very few, if any, by my count.


12.14.06: New CD "The Weirdness" release date


December 11, 2006



Reunion albums are one thing. A Stooges reunion album is something else entirely.

On March 20, 2007, the band that predated punk and helped make rock and roll dangerous will release their first studio album since 1973’s seminal Raw Power. The Weirdness will feature three of the four original bandmembers – singer Iggy Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton and drummer Scott Asheton -- along with ex-Minutemen and fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt and original Stooges sax player, Steve Mackay.

The Stooges wrote over 30 songs for the record at a cottage in Florida early this year, then rehearsed in Ann Arbor, Michigan before they entered the Chicago studio of esteemed producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) in early October. The album is being mastered in the UK at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Tracks on the album include: "Trollin'," "Greedy Awful People," "Claustrophobia," "Mexican Guy," "I'm Fried," "ATM," "O Solo Mio," "She Took My Money" and "End Of Christianity."

Iggy decided to reform The Stooges in 2003 while he was working on his solo album Skull Ring. He called the Ashetons, who still had the same phone number he had last called them on 25 years ago. The brothers agreed to contribute to four songs on the disc and the reunion seeds were planted. Then on April 27, the full band (with Watt on bass) played its first show together in 30 years to a spellbound audience at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Coachella, California.

A triumphant reunion tour followed, and in 2005 The Stooges were nominated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They didn’t win, but were recently nominated again for induction at the upcoming ceremony to be held in early 2007.

If any rock band deserved Hall of Fame kudos it’s The Stooges, one of the most influential, powerful and explosive outfits ever to plug in a guitar. Formed in Ann Arbor in 1967, the Stooges were a forceful poke in the eye of commercial rock. Volatile and incendiary, the band wrote grimy psychedelic blues songs that grooved, droned and stomped in equal measure. Onstage, Iggy was commanding and menacing, cutting himself with glass, smearing his body with peanut butter and baiting the crowd out of its complacency.

The group’s volcanic energy earned it a record deal in 1968 and a year later, the Stooges released their self-titled debut, which featured the proto-punk classics “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “No Fun” and “1969.” In 1970, they followed with the heavier, more confrontational Fun House, which many consider the band’s finest hour. Three years would pass between Fun House and Raw Power, a primal, powerful slab of gyrating clamor from a band on the verge of physical and psychological collapse.

By the end of 1973, the Stooges had broken up. In the decades that followed, Iggy established himself as a successful solo artist, releasing 15 studio albums between 1977 and 2003. Meanwhile, Scott Asheton played in Scot’s Pirates, Sonny Vincent’s Rat Race Choir and Rock Action and Ron Asheton rocked with Destroy All Monsters, the New Race, the Empty Set and Dark Carnival. In 1998, Ron joined forces with Watt and members of Mudhoney and Sonic Youth in the one-off supergroup Wylde Ratttz, an experience that paved the way for Watt to join The Stooges.

One of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 2007, The Weirdness is destined to be as inspiring, unpredictable and undeniable as the three records that preceded it over three decades ago. The release of the album will be followed by a full world tour that will clearly display the energy, vitality and freshness of one of rock and roll’s greatest success stories. In other words, the legacy continues…



12.7.06:  Iggy meets with Macedonian Prime Minister

Stooges Sounding Like Themselves On Reunion Album
Informative Billboard article with song titles, Iggy quotes here.

Iggy Peanut Butter promo from The A&M Years CD here.

Interview with Ron from Latvian news.

Watt guests on new Kelly Clarkson CD story here.

New Steve McKay website here.

Another Cadddie commercial here -- "Roll" with Iggy guesting on the Teddybears's "I'm a Punkrocker." here.

And the 2007 Stooges nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...
Here's hoping they get it this time!:-)

New Easy Action Boxset "Where the Faces Shine."


Iggy in new Johnny Cash tribute video


Cadillac CTS 2007 commercial "Khakis."

1990: Rock the Vote is founded by members of the recording industry in response to a wave of attacks on freedom of speech and artistic expression."Censorship is UnAmerican," the first Rock the Vote campaign, debuts. The first in a series of public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Iggy Pop, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Woody Harrelson air nationally.

We Yanks have just seen what our votes can do:-) Register to participate in the next Presidential election here:


10.16.06: New Iggy and the Stooges dates: Macedonia, Latvia.

Dec. 2, 2006: Skopje Fair, Belasica, Republic of Macedonia

Dec. 5, 2006: Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia



9.26.06: Buenos Aires show, Sept 22, 2006.
Reviews, links, pix, video

(mostly in Spanish)

Review of the show in Página/12newspaper: http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/suplementos/espectaculos/2-3924-2006-09-24.html
Interview with Ron: http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/suplementos/no/12-2383-2006-08-17.html

Show reviews and photo galleries, (nearly nude and rude video -- last link in this group):

http://pepsi.com.ar/pepsimusic2006/galeriafotos/ (dia 2)

Recent interviews:

Iggy: http://www.clarin.com/suplementos/si/2006/09/08/3-01267134.htm
Mike Watt: http://www.clarin.com/suplementos/si/2006/09/22/3-00801.htm

Inteview with Iggy (2001, before the release of Beat Em Up): http://www.pagina12.com.ar/2001/suple/No/01-05/01-05-17/NOTA1.HTM


I-94 BAR: Behind the new Sonic's Rendezvous Band box set

Are you aware of the comprehensive Australian music site, the I-94 Bar?

"The 6-disc Sonic's Rendezvous Band box set on UK label Easy Action is out
and we thought it high time we talk to one of the people behind it,
Executive Producer and Motor City photographer Robert Matheu. He takes us
through the set's assemblage and talks about the band members, providing a
fascinating insight into one of rock and roll's most enigmatic and timeless

Also live at the Bar - a review of the recent Vindicator Smooth show, the
Radio Birdman 7" single and the split single for Holy Curse and Johnny
Casino's Easy Action."

The I-94 Bar e-zine
Rock Action from Sydney, Australia, via The Bowery and the Motor City


Decades Rock Live: The Pretenders premieres October 20th at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time on VH1 Classic
From VH1 Music First

The “Godfather of Punk,” Iggy Pop, is part of an all-star line up who will honor The Pretenders on Vh1 Classics next Decades Rock Live show. Known not only for his music, but for his stage antics as well, Pop told us he grabbed some of his moves from a place you probably wouldn’t guess. “I watched a lot of belly dancers and I listened to a lot of belly dance music. And I used to like to see what was called avant garde dance theatre in the ’60s and ’70s. There was some of that, there was mime troops, ballet, kids having tantrums, animals.”

Sorry no animals on Decades Rock Live: The Pretenders, but in addition to Iggy, Shirley Manson, Incubus and Kings of Leon will perform..


** Major site update as of 9.18.06: Stooges 2006, many pix, loads of videos.**


9.22.06: The Stooges play in Buenes Aires tonight at Pepsi Music 2006.

From VH1 Music First:

The “Godfather of Punk,” Iggy Pop, is part of an all-star line up who will honor The Pretenders on Vh1 Classic's next Decades Rock Live show. Known not only for his music, but for his stage antics as well, Pop told us he grabbed some of his moves from a place you probably wouldn’t guess. “I watched a lot of belly dancers and I listened to a lot of belly dance music. And I used to like to see what was called avant garde dance theatre in the ’60s and ’70s. There was some of that, there was mime troops, ballet, kids having tantrums, animals.”

Sorry no animals on Decades Rock Live: The Pretenders, but in addition to Iggy, Shirley Manson, Incubus and Kings of Leon will perform.

Decades Rock Live: The Pretenders premieres October 20th at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time on VH1 Classic.

Dancing with the Stars Video
When my sister told me about this I nearly fell of my chair laughing and went looking it. For those of you outside of the US, Dancing with the Stars is an American Idol spin-off and Harry Hamlin is King of the made for TV chickflicks you find on cable channels for women, like the Lifetime and Hallmark movie channels.

8.21.06:  New Limited Edition Hip-O Select CD "Iggy Pop: The A&M Years"

8.15.06:The new Stooges CD, New Easy Action Sonic's' Boxset; Decades of Rock, Belgium, Portugal, Naples

The Stooges are set for October recording in Chicago with Steve Albini producing. They rehearsed in Ann Arbor this past week, tightening up the 30 plus songs they have written.

Easy Action is planning a boxset release of the Sonic's Rendezvous Band for October, with Robert Matheu as Executive Producer.

Recent Concert Press:

Belgium Martrock Festival, Leuven, Belgium, August 13, 2006.
links: review, photos, video interview with Watt and Maccay

Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA: VH1's Decades of Rock, August 11, 2006.

Vilar de Mouros Festival, Caminha, Portugal, July 22, 2006.

Neapolis Festival, Naples, Italy,July 15, 2006.


8.05:06: New book: Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed
Available February 13,

By Paul Trynka, former editor of Mojo.
Weblink soon with progress reports, photos and Q&As with some of the
260-odd people interviewed from the book, which includes musicians from
every band back to the Iguanas, Iggy's friends from the trailer park,
his girlfriends from high school, right up to people like Jack White
talking about the great man.


John Varvatos' fall collection 2006: Iggy in Central Park
Fashion designer John Varvatos has tapped rock icon Iggy Pop to star in
his fall 2006 advertising campaign, in magazines in August.

Watt's new tour diary entry:

New Slovakian Stooges date:
August 17, 2006.
Hodokvas Festival
Piestany, Slovakia.

Latest press and pix: Zurich, Athens, Montreux:

http://www.ethnos.gr/article.asp?catid=5350&subid=2&PubID=52586&word=... iggy




6.29:06: VH1's "Decades Rock Live," MC5 to join Stooges at ATP, Iggy to contribute to Joy Division biopic

Iggy salute to the Pretenders: The next episode of VH1's "Decades Rock Live" series will honor the Pretenders and feature performances from the group plus special guests Iggy Pop, Garbage's Shirley Manson, Incubus and Kings Of Leon. To be taped on Aug. 11 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J.

MC5 to join Stooges at UK ATP show in Dec.

Iggy to contribute to Joy Division biopic.

6.24.06: Updated Iggy and the Stooges tour schedule:













6.07.06: The Alveida Festival, July 8, 2006, date has been cancelled.

New DVD and CD:

IGGY & THE STOOGES LIVE AT THE LOKERSE FESTIVAL (2005) info, pix videoclips, review, order info here.
Lust For Life: Live 1977 released 6-6-06 by OZIT, article and audioclips here


5.16.06: New Iggy and the Stooges dates:



5.8.06:  Iceland and Bergenfest:

Pix Iceland

Show Iceland:

Bergenfest, Bergen, Norway



4.27.06: New CD for Iggy and the Stooges in the works, to be produced by Steve Albini, and released next year. Tour to follow, article here.

Venue change for the Zurich date: X-tra replaces the Hallenstadion May 10th. Oficcial announcement by the Swiss Government of the Stooges date at the Montreux Jazz Festival July 14th, 2006.

4.11.06: New Dates:

15 July 2006: Neapolis Festival, Naples, Italy.
8+10 December 2006: ATP: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Somerset, UK.

Florida Chapter Sets Recording Academy Honors

Tripwire interview


3.23.06:  New wrap-up page for Big Day Out, NZ and Australia give the Stooges a royal welcome here.

"All We are Saying" airing on Showtime

Actress-turned-filmmaker Rosanna Arquette ("Searching for Debra Winger") probes the state of the music industry with this insightful documentary that features casual, intimate conversations about the state of the art with such rock luminaries as Iggy Pop, Chrissie Hynde, Peter Gabriel, Thom Yorke, David Crosby, Sheryl Crow, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Sting, Joni Mitchell, Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks and Elvis Costello. Videoclip here.


The Complete Iggy Pop
by Richard Adams

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Reynolds & Hearn (March 31, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 190528702X

Availability: Not yet been released in the USA but has been in parts of Europe. Will be avail thru Amazon.com.

An in-depth guide to the career and music of punk luminary and ex-Stooge frontman Iggy Pop and his rise to international stardom.Iggy Pop (aka James Osterberg of Ann Arbor) is one of rock music’s most original artists, his remarkable longevity defying the popular perceptionof him as the most excessive and self-destructive musician of his generation. Today, the  walking miracle that is Iggy Pop continues to record, perform, and shock.

In The Complete Iggy Pop, music journalist Richard Adams covers the 18 studio albums—including commentary on every song, plus background information on the recording process—the David Bowie collaborations, the live albums, the semi-official albums, and the reissues of early material.   All the tours and known concert dates are also recorded, as well as videos, films, TV appearances, and the re-formation of his seminal proto-punk band, the Stooges. An indispensable guide to music’s most enduring misfit.


Steve Mackay and the Radon Ensemble

Michigan and Arcturus CD
Radon 2006

Some years ago, Steve Mackay, in a profound state of inquisitiveness, found himself staring into the night sky. Finally he imposed one question upon the stars, "Where am I from?" The stars, not known as garrulous entities, saw fit to answer him. "You are from Michigan... and Arcturus."

"Michigan and Arcturus" is an the extraordinary voyage of radio surfing in a beat up Michigan built car, alternately picking up distant alien transmissions and 70's rock n roll, resounding with grimy mid-western dirge and futuristic splendour.

The record documents highlights of the tremendous body of work accumulated by Steve Mackay in his numerous collaborations during the formative years of the Radon Collective. Though originating in sessions for California radio station, KFJC, the project quickly took on its own life evolving into a live band and establishing Steve as the heart of the collective.

During the past months, Mackay has torn up the road, world-wide, having played on 6 continents with the Radon Ensemble, Violent Femmes and Iggy and the Stooges. In his nearly 5 decade career, Mackay has established himself as one of the most pioneering and explorative masters of the saxophone. Having earned a reputation as one of the most acknowledged players of the instrument, all types of music listeners from free-jazz to punk rock to noise, have long awaited the release of his first fully produced solo album.


Steve Mackay and the Radon Ensemble
Arc-tour-us 2006 USA/Europe tour

To celebrate the release of the cd, Mackay once again unites line-ups of his ever-changing Radon Ensmeble for live improvisational assaults on audiences in Europe and the USA. The live experience of Steve Mackay and the Radon Ensemble has astounded audiences with epic performances everywhere from the Derby in Hollywood to the Tonic in NYC to Radon's surrogate European home in Portugal.  These events have earned even more critical acclaim for the man, who ever since he spewed a stream of chaos onto the "Funhouse" album, has been known as one of the greatest and most respected saxophone players in the business.

To buy the CD, all booking and promotional information:
Scott Nydegger
Radon Booking USA/Europa




March 2006
Wed 29: Nashville, TN.

Thu 30: Atlanta, GA @ the EARL w/ Tenth To The Moon

Fri 31: Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light

April 2006
Sat 1: Charlotte, NC @ Amo's Southend

Sun 2: Hickory, NC @ Underground

Mon 3: Washington DC @ DC9 w/ Accelera Deck +Kohoutek

Wed 5: New Brunswick, NJ @ 35 Plum St. w/ Death By A Thousand Cuts

Thu 6: Brooklyn, NY @ Glasshouse Gallery
Jazz Hands (mem. of Necking), James Plotkin/Tim Wyskida (Khanate/Blind Idiot God)
Death by a Thousand Cuts

Fri 7: Troy, NY @ 4th st w/ Death By a Thousand Cuts, Struction, Evolution Revolution

Sat 8: Boston, MA @ Nom d' Artiste w/ ELOE OMOE, Sunburned Hand of the Man


Thu 13: Paris, FR at Pont Ephemere

Sat 15: Marseille, FR @ L'Embobineuse

Sun 16: Bordeaux, FR @ La Centralle

Fri 21: Udine, IT @ Hybrida w/ JP Gross

Sat 22: Milano, Italia @ Torchiera w/ KK Null

Sun 23: Torino, Italia @ Sapzio 211 (w/ Wolf Eyes)

Line-up Europe:
Steve Mackay: sax
Kamilsky: voice, electronics, guitar
Nyko Esterle: electronics
Yann Geoffriaud: drums
Scott Nydegger: electronics and percussion
John Sharp: homemade electronics

Guest musicians:
Paul Beauchamp (Torino)

Line-up USA:
Steve Mackay: sax
Sam Lohman: drums
Scott Nydegger: electronics and percussion
John Sharp: homemade electronics
Noah Mickens: percussion, voice and junk

Guest musicians:
Ed Cooper: Projexorcism (North Carolina)
Jason LaFarge: Seizure's Palce (Brooklyn)
Vincent Paternostro and Ed Wilcox of Temple of BonMatin
(New Brunskwick, Brooklyn, Troy, Boston)
John Stocks: Onusboton (New Brunswick)
Suzanne Thorpe:(Troy)

Thanks Scott:-)


1.23.06: NZ/AU/BDO reviews, articles:


http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3540944a13975,00.html (the inaccurate hx one)

from contactmusic.com:

Veteran rocker IGGY POP has no intention of hiding his famously lithe torso as he heads towards 60, and still wears nothing more than a pair of sh....Read On

Punk star IGGY POP stays away from the beach near his home in Florida on weekends - because he hates being surrounded by "dirty little kids". ....Read On

Rock icon IGGY POP is appalled by do-good rockers like BONO, because he is convinced they aim to profit from their humanitarian actions. ....Read On


Coachella 2003 movie premiere info here.

Iggy is interviewed in the Feb. 2006 edition of Penthouse magazine.

"A Real Good Time with Scott Asheton" fasterlouder.com interview here.

Rolling Stone review of Tom Snyder's DVD:
The Tomorrow Show: Punk & New Wave (2005)

Starring: Tom Snyder, Joan Jett, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, the Ramones, Joh...
Directed by:
RS: 3.5of 4 Stars
Brash, engaging and endearingly square, Tom Snyder was a fitting counterpart for the 1970s punks that other talk-show hosts dared not invite. Eight episodes are presented here in their loopy entirety, featuring Joan Jett, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, the Ramones and a resolutely grumpy John Lydon capturing the nervousness of New Wave's early days as a bemused Snyder stands in for frightened parents.

(Posted: Jan, 23 2006)

Tom Snyder, unlikely punk ally

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

To see Tom Snyder mug and chuckle like a disapproving uncle as he condescends his way through a panel discussion on "something ... called punk rock" in October of '77, it's hard to believe he eventually did enough shows on the subject to warrant a two-disc DVD anthology with "Punk & New Wave" in the title.

From the get-go on the new DVD "The Tomorrow Show with Tom

Snyder: Punk & New Wave," it's clear that he's basing his knowledge of punk on the most sensationalized reports, regaling viewers with lurid accounts of public urination, safety pins and bloody noses while posing questions of his guests that range from "Is it junk or is it music?" to "Why does punk have to be so mean?"

And this is all while frequently admitting that he hasn't heard the artists he's discussing.

But he did bring in some fairly awe-inspiring guests to show America what this thing punk was made of.

Iggy Pop is a live wire, turning in savage renditions of "Dog Food," "TV Eye" and "Five Foot One" in February '81. Captured later that same year, the Ramones turn in raucous renditions of "We Want The Airwaves," "I Wanna Be Sedated" and a crushing "The KKK Took My Baby Away." And the Plasmatics bring the spectacle, blowing a car up in the studio to cap off an electrifying "Master Plan."

The best performances, by far, are from Elvis Costello, who leads the Attractions through nuanced reworkings of "New Lace Sleeves" and "Watch Your Step," two classic tracks from that year's model, "Trust."

And Snyder's stock response to most of these performances, endearingly enough, is to suggest that if they'd only turn it down and make it easier to understand the words, they might be more appealing to the mainstream.

It's clear that he respects some of these artists more than others. It's Mr. Costello, for instance. And he's practically in love with Patti Smith, who, for the record, is oddly adorable here. But even when he's at his snarkiest, he comes across as trying to relate at least. And nearly all his guests respond in kind, especially Costello, whose glib replies are never cruel, just really funny. When Snyder suggests that his music's matured, Costello fires back, "What a horrible word that is. . . . It makes you sound sort of like cheese or something."

The only guest he clearly doesn't get along with is a petulant John Lydon, who does his damnedest here to upstage his former identity, Johnny Rotten. Snyder holds his own, though, telling Lydon twice, "It's unfortunate that we are all out of step except for you." And Snyder is at least a little out of step, of course, but he's comfortable playing the role and for as baffled as he clearly is by Iggy Pop or even the Jam, he never let it stop him from exposing viewers to the brave new world.

Exclusive: Matt Groening Designs New ATP Comp

Timothy Najmolhoda reports:
Remember the "Homerpalooza" episode of "The Simpsons"? The one that guest-starred the Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Cypress Hill, and... err... Peter Frampton? Back when the show wasn't a steaming load of garbage?

Well, that episode is about to come to life in shiny compact disc form, but with way better music. As you might remember, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening made his very own Hullabalooza back in 2003, when he curated the American version of the lauded All Tomorrow's Parties festival. But that wasn't the end of his contribution to the ATP brand name. On December 6, ATP Recordings will release their latest compilation album, overseen by Mr. Groening himself.

All Tomorrow's Parties: Pacific 2003 features twelve Fork-friendly bands and artists, all performers at the 2003 fest save Elliott Smith, who, though scheduled to appear, died just a few weeks before the event. The mix is composed mainly of album tracks, with a few rarities, including an unreleased Jackie-O Motherfucker track, and Sonic Youth's take on "The Simpsons" theme, previously available only on the 1996 compilation Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons. (We're sure you've all got that in your collections.) Says Groening, "They've done the best version of 'The Simpsons' theme ever."

As a former rock critic, Groening has a lot of love for the scene. His exact words: "I mean, this stuff [the ATP lineup] is great, but it's not being played on the radio. We're inundated with pseudo-hipness, and if I had to write about the big bands, I'd quit. But there's still great music out there, if you search for it." Oh Matt, why weren't you writing for Pitchfork five years ago?

For Groening fans, there's an extra incentive to pick up the album: original cover art and a pull-out poster by your man. Ooh, we hope he drew Deerhoof!

Smiling politely:

01 Sonic Youth: Simpsons Theme
02 Iggy and the Stooges: Fun House
03 The Magic Band: Dropout Boogie
04 Spoon: The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine
05 The Shins: Young Pilgrims
06 Modest Mouse: Bukowski
07 Elliott Smith: Pictures of Me
08 Daniel Johnston: Syrup of Tears
09 American Analog Set: Come Home Baby Julie, Come Home
10 Electrelane: The Valleys
11 Deerhoof: Desapareceré
12 Jackie-O Motherfucker: Drake Hot

* All Tomorrow's Parties: http://www.atpfestival.com/

Backtalk with Elijah Wood
Josef Krebs talks to the actor about his directing ambitions, multichannel music, and playing Iggy Pop, here.

New Ron Asheton website (under construction) here.

Ron Asheton interview with Patrick Emery at the i94 bar, posted Dec. 20th, 2005 here.