“I Wanna Be Your Dog” singer Iggy Pop has inflicted the animalistic side of rock on grateful listeners for decades and though his latest Jazzy French literature-inspired effort Préliminaires reveals a greater intellectual depth to the Godfather of Punk, Pop has assured us that he is not going soft.
“I took great pains not to think first,” Pop told The Sun (via Pitchfork) of the online video announcement he made for his forthcoming album, “because the thing I can’t stand is a rock star who thinks he’s got brains. They’re always so damned dull!”
So he spontaneously had a “blurt” at dumb American bands who churn out do-it-by-numbers guitar riffs for the masses. “Anyone from Smashing Pumpkins to – what’s the one with Fred Durst?” he asks.
“Limp Bizkit,” I reply, slightly ashamed at knowing the answer. “Yeah and there are a million billion of them,” he continues. “And people think they’re gods, man.”
Poor Billy Corgan just can’t catch a break these days, but maybe he can channel that same energy Chris Martin summons when he’s accused of plagiarism and use Pop’s dis as inspiration.