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By Andy O'Connor (TX)
There are two types of people in the world: people who prefer the 1973 David Bowie mix of Iggy and the Stooges' Raw Power, and people who get down to the 1996 remix led by Iggy Pop himself.
We are in the Pop crowd, because we want our rock n' roll to sound like ROCK N' ROLL. When Pop speaks of "love in the middle of a firefight" in "Seek and Destroy," it's the essence of the record as a whole. Good rock n' roll should make you want to fight or fuck, Power makes you want to do both. It's so unhinged, so loud, so full of "fuck everything!" that it bested punk before punk was even a thing.
Here, we have a performance of Power's title track from Pop's solo band in 1996. While this version doesn't have the piano that sounds like Jerry Lee Lewis stumbling upon a group of freshmen girls skinny-dipping, plenty of the rockin' energy is still here. Pop's in the crowd for a good part of the performance, and he doesn't miss a note. Pay attention to his tight black leather pants with crosses - many have tried to pull off that look, but only he can do it. Dude's a fashion icon, you're not. Get over it. And check out one of the guitarist's Totenkopf sticker! That must have been awkward day at German customs.
Iggy and the Stooges, featuring Mike Watt from the Minutemen on bass, will tour Europe this summer. Find those dates here.