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MUSIC REVIEW | Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression (2016)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “The ingenuity never over shadows the bloke with his name on the album cover.”

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It might be labelled as an Iggy Pop record, but Post Pop Depression is a supergroup effort. Backed by Josh Homme and Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age), as well as drummer Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), the godfather of punk lets them take him in plenty of unexpected directions, and it pays off a lot more often than not. Homme’s desert durge influence is clear on opening track Break Into Your Heart, while the haunting, driving bass of American Valhalla lets Pop camp it up and indulge in some horror story telling that would be corny in the hands of almost anyone else.


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MUSIC REVIEW | The Stooges – The Stooges (1969)

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Iggy Pop, that walking piece of beef jerky with a shirt allergy, has been punk rock’s Godfather for so long, he’s now an old, old man, looked up to by bands who themselves have been around for decades. So long, it’s sometimes hard to remember he was a once young man. But almost half a century ago, he certainly was that, fronting a band that would go on to be one of the most iconic in punk and music history. That band was the Stooges, and in 1969, the released a self titled debut.


A surprisingly funky start with 1969, the Detroit origins of this band are clearly evident. Iggy’s voice is surprisingly restrained, over the top of the relentlessly driving drums of Scott Asheton and wahed to the limit guitar of Ron Asheton. But when the blown out guitar and feedback of I Wanna Be Your Dog ring out, the enduring punk rock legacy seems totally justified. It’s still slower and you can hear Iggy holding back, but the attitude is most definitely there. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Velvet Goldmine (1998)

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“He was elegance walking arm in arm with a lie.”

I’m generally not a big fan of anything ‘based’ on a true story, or something that’s a fictionalised story, heavily influenced by real events and real people.  I guess I think that if a true story is worth telling, it probably also deserves to be told truthfully.  Make the effort to research the real deal, make the effort to get the guts of what really happened.  ‘Based on’ or ‘influenced by’ just sounds like a lazy place to start to me.


I’m aware that could sound a little close mined.  I’m also aware that it’s highly likely that I’ve liked plenty of movies in this category before and just can’t think of them now.  And yes, Citizen Cane, arguably the greatest movie of all time is exactly that.  With Charles Foster Cane a thinly disguised version of William Randolph Hearst.  But I’m pretty sure that’s a rare exception to the rule.  So what happens when this approach to storytelling is combined with a subject matter that I’m pretty quick to dismiss, like 70s glam rock?  Velvet Goldmine happens, that’s what. (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | James Williamson – Re-Licked (2014)

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In the early 70s, James Williamson joined The Stooges and went on to record several albums with Iggy Pop and the boys, including the justifiably legendary Raw Power. In recent years, various versions of The Stooges have reunited for a couple of albums and a couple of tours. I’m nowhere near enough of a Stooges aficionado to know how the new millennium version stacks up with the old school incarnation, but now, Williamson has given us a combination of the old and the new.


Re-Licked, a collection of unrecorded and lesser known Stooges songs from their original 70s heyday, utilising a range of guest vocalists and musicians, including Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Mike Watt (The Minutemen) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees). So, with that origin of the songs, and those names attached as collaborators, Williamson is setting expectations pretty high. Can Re-Licked live up to them? (more…)