Iggy still rag­ing at the half­way mark

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

GGY Pop waxes po­etic when con­sid­er­ing the co­in­ci­dence of re­leas­ing an al­bum within months of his old co­hort David Bowie.

‘‘I no­ticed that and I also no­ticed Johnny Marr is coming out with some­thing af­ter a long, long time and I think it’s a very beau­ti­ful thing,’’ he says.

‘‘As corny as it is, I couldn’t help but think about Dy­lan Thomas: ‘Do not go gen­tle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dy­ing of the light’.’’

And rag­ing he still is. It has taken Iggy and The Stooges four decades to re­lease the long-awaited fol­low-up to Raw Power, the first record to bear their im­mor­tal logo.

The iron­i­cally ti­tled Ready To Die, due out on April 26, is proto-punk out­fit The Stooges’ sur­vival man­i­festo, de­liv­ered 40 years af­ter they were writ­ten off by an in­dus­try that con­sid­ered them too dan­ger­ous to mat­ter.

As he pre­pares to blow ev­ery­one off the stage at the By­ron Bay Blues­fest, Pop is nowhere ready to die. But he is en­joy­ing the last laugh.

‘‘This has been a great cen­tury for me – the last cen­tury really f***ing sucked. I think maybe so­ci­ety and I have met half­way for a lit­tle while now. I would pre­fer to be a breath­ing gla­di­a­tor than a sort of dusty piece of an­gelic stat­u­ary, if I had to choose,’’ he says.

Since re­unit­ing The Stooges a decade ago, Pop has been wor­shipped as the God­fa­ther of Punk and won new gen­er­a­tions of fans via the world’s fes­ti­val stages and the ‘‘level play­ing field’’ of the in­ter­net.

He doesn’t mind the his­toric re­vi­sion­ism of his ca­reer which has placed him firmly back in the spot­light in the past decade but would pre­fer it wasn’t con­ducted through rose-coloured glasses.

For the man born Jim Oster­berg, the bit­ter bile of the re­jec­tion he suf­fered in the late 1970s and 1980s still rises oc­ca­sion­ally.

You sense he likes to use it to fuel the rage re­quired to spit out Real Wild Child or I Wanna Be Your Dog.

‘‘The fact that we are dar­ing to open our an­cient mouths and show our faces so bla­tantly is go­ing to cause a re­vi­sion­ism,’’ he says, chuck­ling.

‘‘The beau­ti­ful thing about re­unit­ing the group is we have fi­nally made it – we didn’t make it be­fore in cer­tain wordly terms. If we were that ter­ri­ble the first time around, we wouldn’t have to bother with this shit.

‘‘I am proud I can look at some of the bands I loathed at the time and our records are still sell­ing and theirs aren’t, so f*** them.’’

Watch Iggy Pop walk around back­stage at a fes­ti­val or be­fore a gig and you wit­ness the ef­fects of those drug-fu­elled, he­do­nis­tic and of­ten vi­o­lent early years in his rolling gait.

You also see the def­er­ence and awe from his peers. If there is one rocker ev­ery­one wants to meet, it is Iggy.

And he gets more up close and per­sonal with his faith­ful than your av­er­age rock god, of­ten invit­ing swarms of fans to join him on­stage in an im­promptu mosh­pit.

Asked about the gen­er­a­tion gap he re­calls an en­counter with fans who epit­o­mised the bookends of his fan­base.

‘‘I was in the air­port the other day in the Cay­man Is­lands; it’s a very English place where I got to r’n’r,’’ he says.

‘‘There was a lovely, lovely grey­ing cou­ple from Plea­sure­ville, Ken­tucky, who I talked to and they were very nice peo­ple.

‘‘They were im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by two young louts who were 18, in baggy T-shirts and said ‘Are you Iggy Pop? What are you do­ing here? We never thought we would see you in a place like this.’ I told them I have to be some­where or I’m nowhere. ‘‘The full spec­trum in one minute.’’ Pop and the Stooges join the roll call of rock sur­vivors – in­clud­ing Robert Plant, Paul Simon, San­tana, Steve Miller Band, Bon­nie Raitt, Sta­tus Quo, Roger Hodg­son and Jon An­der­son – at Blues­fest. But the man he says he is look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with is our own Tex Perkins, with the Beasts of Bour­bon sup­port­ing The Stooges.

‘‘I am happy to see Tex and those guys; they are a good bunch of peo­ple and he’s a star-like per­son to me. That band rocks,’’ he says.

Iggy and The Stooges play the By­ron Bay Blues­fest on March 30.

The Stooges: gui­tarist James Wil­liamson, front­man Iggy Pop and drum­mer Scott Asheton.

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