Classic rock fans all know that Iggy Pop is full of stories, especially about his early days as a rock star and aspiring musician. The Record Store Day 2012 ambassador gives a shout-out to New England’s own music retailer Newbury Comics while reminiscing on his days as a clerk, and also takes some time to jab at music he found “manufactured” as opposed to real rock & roll.
Iggy joined classic rockers like Sammy Hagar and Vince Neil’s recent comments deriding modern music for what they believed was a lack of emotion, excitement and authenticity.
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“There are some ages – like the one were living in – where the game is kind of rigged toward products that ‘contain’ music, sort of like those cheap drinks you get in a supermarket that says ‘Contains 10 percent juice,” he said describing today’s age of music.
Iggy doesn’t exactly single out modern music though, like so many classic rock stars like to do. He feels that type of music has been around almost forever.
“There’s a lot of stuff out there with a bit of music to it, and I think that’s OK,” he continues, “but it reminds me of how bad it was to turn on American Bandstand in the ’50s and see all the endless, gutless, d***less imitations of Elvis that the American industry decided to push on the kids.”
Iggy adds a bit of context to his feelings with a story about his time at barn dances in Ann Arbor, Mich. in the early ’60s, where a “greaser band” that he says played with the vibe of a “good metal band today” performed first before Bobby Sherman, whom Iggy describes as a “manufactured industry star of TV and music,” took the stage and lip-synced to his song rather than actually sing.
The video isn’t all music-bashing though. Iggy shares some engaging tales of growing up as a record store clerk in Michigan, and even gives a shout-out to New England’s famous record store chain Newbury Comics while talking about former record store boss Jeep Holland.
He tells one story about how all the kids would visit after school to listen to the top-10 records scrawled on the store’s chalkboard, which he describes as a “beautiful, innocent social experience.”
Check out the entire video of Iggy Pop in the video below and visit the Record Store Day website to get more information on the big day.