Iggy Pop and Josh Homme team up for new album and stream new track ‘Gardenia’

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme 2016

Iggy Pop has teamed up with Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age for a new album.

Post Pop Depression will be released on the 18th of March and features Pop and Homme alongside Pop’s own bandmate and Dead Weather member Dean Fertitia, plus Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders.

Says Pop of the new collaboration: “I wanted to be free. To be free, I needed to forget. To forget, I needed music. Josh had that in him, so I set out to provoke an encounter – first with a carefully worded text, followed by a deluge of writings all about me. No composer wants to write about nothing. He got revved up and we had a great big rumble in the desert USA.”

You can listen to the first release from the album, “Gadenia”, below.

The track list for Post Pop Depression is:

Post Pop Depression cover01. “Break into Your Heart”
02. “Gardenia”
03. “American Valhalla”
04. “In The Lobby”
05. “Sunday”
06. “Vulture”
07. “German Days”
08. “Chocolate Drops”
09. “Paraguay”

Pre-order packages are avilable now via iggypop.com

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Iggy Pop and guitarist Hotei team up for new single

Iggy Pop and Hotei

Iggy Pop and renowned Japanese guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei have teamed up for a new single “How The Cookie Crumbles.”

A high-energy, foot-stomping rock song showcasing Hotei’s flair with six strings, it will be released via Spinefarm Records on June 15th, just prior to Iggy’s two Wembley Stadium shows as Special Guest to the Foo Fighters.

Hotei says of the track: “In creating this song, I knew that it needed a vocalist with a strong personality to fully bring it to life, and without a doubt, Iggy was just the man for this. He has such an intensity and an aura about him, and his creative power immediately made this the true rock ‘n’ roll piece I intended.”

Of course Iggy Pop is familiar to millions, and whilst Hotei may not be as immediately recognisable, his song “Battle Without Honor Or Humanity” is known the world over as the theme from Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill. He was also awarded GQ Japan’s Man Of The Year accolade in 2014 and has sold over 40 million albums.

Check out “How The Cookie Crumbles” below and be sure to let us know what you think:

Hotei’s new album, the first international release of his career, is set to be released in the autumn, also through Spinefarm; the material will feature a variety of collaborators, with writing and production credits including Youth (Pink Floyd, Verve), Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno) and Stephen Lipson (Jeff Beck).

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Amnesty International apologises to Iggy Pop

Amnesty International Campaign 2014

Amnesty International have issued a statement apologising to Iggy Pop for using his image without permission.

Skin Back Alley reported last week that Amnesty International’s new anti-torture campaign, created by their Belgium branch, featured an image of Iggy Pop battered and bruised, seemingly having been “tortured” into stating that “The future of rock n’ roll, it’s Justin Bieber.”

Amnesty’s accompanying message was “”Torture a man, and he will tell you anything.”

However, it has now emerged that the charity had not sought Pop’s permission to use his likeness, and Amnesty have issued a statement apologising to the singer.

“To generate awareness about our campaign against torture, Amnesty International Belgium French speaking section used an image of Iggy Pop without his authorization. Even though we acted in good faith, we would like to apologise to Iggy Pop for having done so. The overall goal of this campaign is to try to influence people’s ideas on the use of torture.”

The statement continued: “We would therefore also like to make it clear that the statement attributed to Iggy Pop that he believes Justin Bieber is the future of rock and roll does not represent Iggy Pop’s personal opinion but was part of the creative process for this campaign and was intended to be ironic.”

The campaign also featured a number of other well known faces in similarly bloodied and bruised states, including Karl Lagerfeld and the Dalai Lama. All images featuring the Dalai Lama have also been removed from the campaign.

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Iggy Pop “tortured” into liking Justin Bieber in new Amnesty campaign

Amnesty International Campaign 2014

A new anti-torture poster campaign from Amnesty International features a bloodied and bruised Iggy Pop being forced into declaring Justin Bieber is the future of rock n’ roll.

The new campaign was launched by the Belgian branch of Amnesty, and features various well known faces made up to show them beaten and bruised. The images are accompanied by unlikely statements, implying that they have been forced out of the person in question under duress.

“Torture a man and he will tell you anything” is the campaign’s message. The poster of Iggy Pop features the statement: “The future of rock n’ roll, it’s Justin Bieber.”

Other well known faces included in the campaign are the Dalai Lama, accompanied the slogan, “A man who does not have a Rolex watch at 50 years old has failed in his life.” Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is depicted proclaiming his love for Hawaiian shirts and sandals.

As Amnesty International Belgium director Philippe Hensmans explains, “For us it was a quirky but not sloppy way to attract public attention to this tragic reality, which often happens in the greatest secrecy.”

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Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies


Scott Asheton, drummer with the Stooges, has died at the age of 64.

According to a news story published by Rolling Stone, Asheton died on Saturday 15th March from an as yet unspecified illness.

The story was later confirmed by Iggy Pop via a statement that was published on his Facebook page.

“My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night,” Pop wrote. “Scott was a great artist. I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me. My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.”

Scott Asheton had played with the Stooges from their earliest incarnations in 1967 all the way through to their 2013 album, Ready To Die. His brother and Stooges bassist, Ron, died in 2009.

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