The Stooges record album without Iggy Pop

Iggy and Stooges 2013The Stooges have confirmed that they are recording an album without Iggy Pop.

James Williamson, Mike Watt, Steve Mackay and Toby Dammit are working on the LP, titled Re-Licked, with a series of guest vocalists including Mark Lanegan and Jello Biafra.

The album is said to consist of previously unreleased songs that were written around the time of the Raw Power album in 1973. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Williamson has said: “Iggy gave me his blessing and wished me success with the album. But it’s a hard pill to swallow when someone is doing all your songs with your band and you’re not on it.”

Iggy Pop has said in separate statement: “I don’t have a problem with anything. This statement about ‘hard pill’ sounds kind of passive aggressive to me… These guys are my friends and we’ve all worked together many years. They’re working musicians and they need to play.”

Since reforming in 2003, the band have released two albums with Iggy. The Weirdness was released in 2007 and Ready To Die in 2013.

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