Iggy Pop

Remembering Scott Asheton, the Drummer Who Made The Stooges Sound Like The Stooges

Scott Asheton, aka Rock Action, the Stooges’ drummer, died over the weekend. If you’re a music fan, you’ve probably read the news items by now. They all say the same thing: that Asheton and his brother Ron met Iggy in Michigan in the 1960s, that they were founding members of The Stooges, that they labored in relative obscurity after the band disintegrated in a haze of drugs and acrimony in the mid-’70s, that they reemerged in the 2000s to reunite with Iggy and tour the world. None of them say what they should say: that no one played drums like Scott Asheton. And that no drummer was more important to their band’s sound than he was to The Stooges’. … Read More

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A Selection of Great Anthems to Sobriety

Just before New Year’s Eve, we ran a rather lighthearted list of great anthems to getting wasted. It should probably go without saying that we’re not in any way given to endorsing the perniciously self-destructive nature of rock ‘n’ roll mythology. Still, in the interests of balance (and also, to be honest, because your correspondent is still nursing a pretty epic hangover), here’s a selection of songs that discuss the opposite side of the equation — generally with quite a bit more subtlety and insight than your average newspaper columnist: anthems to sobriety, and cautionary tales about what happens when your fondness for getting on the booze and/or drugs tips over into something destructive. Stay safe out there. … Read More

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A Holiday Greeting from Iggy Pop

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10 Awesome Holiday Gifts For the Music Geek in Your Life

Music nerds can be hard to buy for, mainly because they almost certainly already own pretty much any record you can think of getting them (and many you wouldn’t have ever heard of, obviously). But never fear, because there are still plenty of music-related consumer items on which you can spend your Christmas budget to impress the geekiest of music geeks. Here’s a selection of ideas, from fancy box sets and music books to retro listening devices and an Iggy Pop action figure. (No,… Read More

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The 50 Best Debut Singles in Music History

The music nerd contingent at Flavorwire central recently got a-talking about our favorite debut single. The list is nearly endless, but once you start to think about it, picking out the best isn’t quite as easy as you might think — “Alison” wasn’t Elvis Costello’s first single, for instance, nor was “Take Me Out” Franz Ferdinand’s debut or “Unfinished Sympathy” Massive Attack’s. Of course, this discussion inevitably led to list-making, and here’s the result: our picks for the 50 best debut singles the world of music has to… Read More

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Iggy Pop Remembers Lou Reed

Many of Lou Reed’s friends and admirers have surfaced in the past 24 hours with remembrances. One of my favorites… Read More

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10 Famous Musicians You Didn’t Know Started Out in Other Famous Musicians’ Bands

Just like everyone else, we occasionally disappear down the Wikipedia rabbit hole here at Flavorwire central, and yesterday we discovered something we never knew before: Richard Fairbrass once played bass in David Bowie’s band. Richard who? You might not recognize his name, but you totally know who he is: the Right Said Fred guy! It turns out that long before “I’m Too Sexy,” Fairbrass was a bass player for hire, and played with various UK luminaries, Bowie included. This discovery led to further investigation, and… well, here’s an unashamedly geeky list of ten musicians who go their starts in the band of other other famous… Read More

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Why We Need a Glam Rock Revival

Rock isn’t just dead; if only it were. In 2013, rock ‘n’ roll is a bloated, stinking corpse, reanimated over and over again by people who have no compelling ideas with which to fill its hard-wiped brain. We’ve got the Americana zombies, the alt-rock rehash zombies, the precious bearded zombies of indie rock. With Fall Out Boy and Paramore nowhere near the most disappointing names on Billboard’s most recent Hot Rock top ten, we’ve reached a moment when decade-old emo bands seem like a reprieve from the latest wave of acts that could be described as “rock.”

Some would argue that this is all the evidence we need to take one final mercy shot at rock ‘n’ roll and then tuck it into its grave for eternity. Other, more optimistic folk would say that what it needs — and inevitably will get— are some honest-to-goodness new ideas. Me? At the risk of opening up yet another can of retromania, I prescribe a glam rock revival. … Read More

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