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Audio: Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Thurston Moore Do Awesome Version of the Gun Club’s ‘Nobody’s City’

This is so great you need to just stop reading and click ‘play’ on the SoundCloud player below.

Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Thurston Moore cover the Gun Club’s terrific “Nobody’s City.”

The song appears on the just released Axels & Sockets, a collection Jeffrey Lee Pierce covers. Pierce, of course, was the leader of the Gun Club. (There’s another excellent cover at the bottom of this post.)

Album track list:

01 Iggy Pop & Nick Cave (feat. Thurston Moore) – Nobody’s City
02 The Amber Lights & Debbie Harry – Kisses For My President
03 Black Moth – Mexican Love
04 Julie Christensen – Weird Kid Blues
05 Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Ain’t My Problem Baby
06 Crippled Black Phoenix & Cypress Grove (feat. Mark Lanegan & Bertrand Cantat) – Constant Limbo (Constant Rain)
07 Nick Cave & Debbie Harry – Into The Fire
08 Kris Needs Presents…Honey – Thunderhead
09 Mark Lanegan & Bertrand Cantat – Desire By Blue River
10 The Amber Lights & Xanthe Waite – Kitty In The Moonlight
11 Ruby Throat – Secret Fires
12 Andrea Schroeder – Kisses For My President
13 James Johnston – Body And Soul
14 Primal Scream – Goodbye Johnny (Andrew Weatherall’s Nyabinghi Noir Mix)
15 Hugo Race – Break ‘Em Down
16 Cypress Grove – My Cadillac
17 Lydia Lunch & Jeffrey Lee Pierce – The Journey Is Long
18 Mark Stewart & Jeffrey Lee Pierce (feat. Thurston Moore) – Shame And Pain

This one is damn good too:

Black Moth, “Mexican Love”:

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Iggy Pop Talks About Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton

Scott Asheton, third from left. Photo by Mick Rock via New York Times.

The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton died of a heart attack this past Saturday. Now Iggy Pop has called Rolling Stone and spoken about Asheton. Pop also said “I definitely have no plans to be a touring musician for the next couple of years.”

Iggy Pop on Scott Asheton:

I first met Scott Asheton when I was working at Discount Records in Ann Arbor to augment my drumming. He used to stand with [future Stooges bassist] Dave Alexander at the corner of State Street and Liberty, which is grand central for the University of Michigan campus. Scott impressed me immediately by his obvious physical gift. He remembered this better than I do, but he would bug me to teach him how to play drums.

Things didn’t get very far until I realized it would better for me to work with a good drummer rather than continuing as a drummer myself in blues bands. Also, you could just look at this guy and tell that he had it. He was just a likable and attractive person, and he picked the drums right up. I gave him my kit and showed him a couple of things. I’d be like, “Here’s how you do a Stax Volt beat. Here’s a Bo Diddley beat. This is a Middle Eastern one.” He got it very quickly. I didn’t have to show him much.

Scott played drums with a boxer’s authority. When he wanted to, he had a heavy hand on the drums. He hit the drum very hard, but there were never a lot of elbows flying. He wasn’t showy. He didn’t have to make a physical demonstration to get the job done. When he played with you, it was always swinging. He brought a swinging truth to the music he played and extreme musical honesty.

The thing that Flea and Chad Smith always understood is that Scott always played a little behind the beat, always a little back. He would hold the band back, just very slightly, from where it might have gone if it was going to rush ahead. It gave authority and a kind of trance to the music. He always, always, always played the song. He never got up there and started playing the kit to show everyone what he could play.

When we reformed for Coachella in 2003, we hadn’t played together in years. He used to ride [bassist] Mike Watt and say, “Watt, that note isn’t on the song.” He wouldn’t say, “It’s not on the record.” He’d say, “It’s not on the song.” He just always understood that he was playing a part in a song. We were a group that worked with a real simple vocabulary, and you need a lot of help if you haven’t got a Burt Bacharach or Paul Simon. How do you bring in songcraft and hold it together? He helped with that a lot.

For the rest of Iggy’s comments, head to Rolling Stone.

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R.I.P. Dept.: The Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton Dead at 64

Scott Asheton, far right.Photo via Slicing Up Eyeballs.

Scott Asheton, founding drummer for the proto-punk band The Stooges died today. He was 64.

Asheton played on The Stooges’ classic albums: The Stooges, Funhouse and Raw Power.

Asheton had been ill recently, but the ’cause of death has not yet been made public.

On The Stooges Facebook page, Iggy Pop posted:

My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night.

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 Asheton’s 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.

Iggy Pop

Rolling Stone wrote:

Asheton was born in Washington, D.C., but moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan when he was 14. He began playing music with his older brother Ron and their friend Dave Alexander soon after. “We didn’t get very far,” Scott told writer Brett Callwood in his book The Stooges: Head On. “We liked the idea of being in a band, we looked like we were in a band and we’d all hang out together. It wasn’t until…Iggy, got involved that it actually became a real band.”

Under the leadership of Iggy Pop, The Stooges, along with the MC5, became one of the most popular acts around Ann Arbor and Detroit, eventually signing a deal with Elektra and releasing their groundbreaking self-titled LP in 1969. “We didn’t have songs,” Scott Asheton told Callwood. “A lot of that first album was written at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City over two days immediately before we went in the studio.”

For the rest of the Rolling Stone obit, head here.

Listen to The Stooges amazing first album:

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Video: Iggy Pop Joins New Order, Sings Joy Division Songs at Tibet House Benefit Concert

Last night Iggy Pop joined Bernard Sumner of New Order to perform two Joy Division songs (along with a New Order song) at the 24th annual Tibet House Benefit Concert in New York City.

Patti Smith was also there and she performed Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.” Also performing were Phillip Glass, members of the National and Sufjan Stevens, who sang backup for The National on two songs and played piano on another.

“Perfect Day,” Patti Smith:

“Nightclubbing,” Iggy Pop:

“Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Iggy Pop & Bernard Sumner of New Order:

“Transmission,” Iggy Pop & Bernard Sumner of New Order:

“Californian Grass,” Iggy Pop & Bernard Sumner of New Order:

The National with Sufjan Stevens, “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks”:

The National with Sufjan Stevens, “This Is The Last Time”:

The National with Sufjan Stevens, “I Need My Girl”:

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Listen: Iggy Pop Destroys “White Christmas”

When we last heard from Iggy Pop, he was working to save the wolves in Michigan. Now he delivers a “Guitar Stooge Version” of “White Christmas” off the new various artists album, Psych-Out Christmas.

Enjoy… or not.

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Rockers & Animal Rights Dept.: Iggy & Joan Jett Take a Stand, Jack White Blows It

Iggy wants the wolves to live.

Joan Jett has been booted off South Dakota’s float for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade after ranchers complained that the rock ‘n’ roller is a vegetarian, and supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

“I’ve decided to switch from South Dakota to another float because people’s political agendas were getting in the way of what should be a purely entertainment driven event,” Jett said in a statement released Friday. “I will remain focused on entertaining the millions of people watching, who will be celebrating a great American tradition.”

South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association President Cory Eich told Associated Press on Friday that it was a mistake to select Jett.

“Coming from such a rural state where livestock is such a part of our life, we didn’t think it was appropriate,” Eich told AP.

Meanwhile Iggy Pop who has endorsed the “Keep Michigan Wolves Protected” campaign to stop the trophy hunting of wolves and restore the right of Michigan voters to have a say over wildlife policy, according to The Humane Society of the United States. Michigan’s first wolf hunt in decades began yesterday.

In a letter to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, dated Nov. 12, 2013, Pop write: “As a Michigan native and someone who has cared about animals, both wild and domestic, for as long as I can remember, I was dismayed…that a bill you signed last May (S.B. 288/P.A. 21) gave Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission the authority to decide which animals can be hunted…which resulted in the first authorized wolf hunt since wolves underwent state protection in 1965.”

“To further compound the issue Mlive.com just unveiled several investigative reports that reveal the state used ‘half-truths’ and ‘falsehoods’ to support authorizing a hunting season on wolves in Michigan. The reports make clear that the decision to approve wolf hunting was based on fraudulent information and not sound science,” the letter continued.

“I am asking all of my fans in Michigan to sign up and help gather signatures to reverse this decision and protect the wolf from future hunts. The senseless killing of these majestic animals for sport is a disappointment to the people of Michigan and a stain on its Government.”

Iggy called on Gov. Snyder to “do the right thing by staying the hunt and allowing the people’s voice to be heard” on the issue.

And then there’s Jack White. The White Stripes frontman thinks he’s doing poor folks a favor by launching “The Great Third Man Turkey Drive” this month.

He’s not.

Rather than promote the murder of turkey’s and the feeding of dead flesh to poor people, White could offer delicious plant-based whole food meals that are healthy, life-affirming and don’t contribute to climate change, as the raising of animals for foods does.

Watch: 1979 Footage of Iggy Pop Covering Sinatra

Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong recorded more than 300 hours of footage at CBGB, Mudd Club, and Danceteria, of performances by Iggy Pop, the Cramps, the Go-Go’s and others, according to Spin.

You can check out a bunch of their videos including performances by the Bush Tetras, DNA, the Suburbs and more here.

Dig Iggy covering Sinatra’s “One For My Baby.”