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This Wild Willing
‘This Wild Willing’ is Glen Hansard’s fourth solo album,
showcasing the inventiveness of his work in The Frames
along with the discipline he has found as a solo songwriter.
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Grammy Award winner Patty Griffin releases her
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Tip of the Sphere
“You look like shit,” I said to Iggy Pop. It
was a couple of days before Christmas
1995 and I was having breakfast with Iggy
in his room at the Chateau Marmont in Los
It being Iggy and us being in this rock ‘n’
roll caper, breakfast was mid morning.
There was no food on the table. Just my
tape recorder and a packet of Marlboro
cigarettes. My next appointment was a
lunch with Neil Diamond so food for me
could wait till then. Iggy looked like eating
anything was close to the furthest thing
from his mind.
By this stage I’d interviewed Iggy a few
times and we’d always got on well. He’s
easy to talk to. Smart. Funny. Articulate. I
felt comfortable looking him in the eye and
telling him he looked like he’d been hit by
a truck that had then reversed and done it
“I was at Lemmy’s 50th birthday party
last night,” he laughed before proceeding
engage in conversation for the next hour.
The first time I’d interviewed Iggy I hadn’t
been nearly as relaxed. It was 1979 and he
was in Australia to promote his New Values
album. This was the time he appeared on
Countdown. The ‘dog face’ show with a
visibly shaken Molly Meldrum. I was new
to this interviewing rock stars caper and
Iggy was right up there in the intimidating
stakes. Mind you, he turned out to
be heaps of fun then too, and a great
So, over the years there’s been
a bunch of Iggy interviews and
shows. The last concert I saw by
the Iggster was at the Hordern
Pavilion in 2013 with the Beasts
of Bourbon opening. It reminded
me once again that Iggy remains
one of the most astonishingly
intense performers still treading the
boards. His voice is holding up and despite
the odds so is his physicality. This was a
Stooges show and it was nothing short of
And there’s no reason to suspect that his
Bluesfest and sideshow performances will
be anything other than phenomenal live
experiences. How could it not be? There is
nothing half measured about Iggy. Never
has been and almost certainly never will be
casual and indifferent about anything. He’s
not wired that way.
That was evidenced more recently when I
was completing the writing of Tex Perkins’
memoir. The publishers decided it’d be
kinda neat to get a quote from Iggy for
the book jacket. Perkins ‘n’ Pop know each
other reasonably well and have shared bills
together over the years.
Perkins tells a terrific story about how after
meeting Iggy and The Beasts of Bourbon
playing with him at the Big Day Out and
some sideshows in 1993, he found himself
a a few months later with The Cruel Sea in
New York and playing a record company
organised show at CBGB’s. An afternoon
show of all things. It was not a good day.
The PA had stopped working, there were
no monitors – all was turning to shit.
Tex takes up the story: “Then, just before
we were meant to go onstage, someone
from the venue comes back and asks if I
can come to the front door. They need me
to come and see if I know ‘a dude’ who’s
turned up and asked to get in even though
they’re not on the guest list. So, I go out
the front and there at the door looking
meek and mild with hopeful puppy dog
eyes is IGGY POP and his wife.
“Iggy F***ing Pop! Just let that sink in.
“I’m still staggered that Iggy would come
to a place like CBGB and no one working
there recognises him, let alone that they’re
actually questioning whether they should
let IGGY POP in or not!”
This is all well and good but still, asking
Iggy Pop to endorse a book is a tall order.
I spent a good eight months emailing his
manager asking if Iggy would give a quote.
The manager kept responding. Iggy was
busy. Iggy was on holidays. But never was I
told that Iggy wouldn’t do it. He just hadn’t
done it and the months ticked by.
Eventually the publisher came up with a
quote and it was sent to Iggy’s manager
with the suggestion that if he was OK
with the wording then that would be good
“Iggy writes his own quotes,” came back
the abrupt response from the manager.
We’d all but given up hope of a quote ever
appearing – and then out of the blue, early
on a Saturday morning, there it was, sitting
in my In Box:
“Tex is the realist dude out there. He is a
born stone stud-symbol. The guy is super
nice, and he works hard too. There should be
more bands like Beasts of Bourbon.
I wish I was more like Tex.”
Note: Iggy Pop is also the executive producer
on a new TV documentary series about punk,
which will feature interviews with a host of
big names from the original punk scene of
The Godfather of Punk,
Iggy Pop, returns to
show us how to rock!
By Stuart Coupe
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