I have a soft spot for Iggy Pop, partly because I interviewed him once and he was the soul of charm and erudition, like a particularly smart music professor who just happened to be wearing leather pants and eyeliner. On stage, he’s awe-inspiring, dancing like an electrified Twizzler. (I mean that as the highest possible compliment.) He still makes lean, ferocious music.
‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ (1971). Written just before Bowie’s first child was born, ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ finds him relating his anxieties about his impending fatherhood by pumping them into a story of aliens taking over the earth. With both prescience and paranoia, he warns parents: “Don’t kid yourself they belong to you/They’re the start of a coming race”.
In the beginning there was Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins, father of the old-school Americana tattoo.
Then a clothing company was created to protect and sustain his legacy.
And it was good.
In 2014, we brought in Iggy Pop as our Flash Collection collaborator.
And it was damn good.“ Flash” is the term for tattoo designs set on paper. Clientele use it to choose tattoos. Artists use it to reproduce those tattoos. It’s how Sailor Jerry’s legacy is preserved.
The flash legacy of Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins is a landscape of skulls, pin-ups, spirit animals, knives, brass knuckles, timeless ships and unshakeable anchors. A place where beauty rubs up against death and bravado conquers fear. Where you take everything seriously and nothing seriously.
It’s about finding your own way forward in the morass of this world — and having a good time doing it.
Or as Iggy Pop puts it,
“If I have to die here, first i’m gonna make
Mop tops, all black threads, beatle boots, and attitude. The Music Machine had all of this and we didn’t even start talking about the sound. With their single black leather glove, gold medallions, and bangs all matching, they resemble an exclusive rock n’ roll cult. One of which I’d happily give away my individuality to join. This tough, shouty, garage with keyboards and tambourine included have kept the cool kids dancing for decades.
By NICK RUSKELL
THERE ARE A THOUSAND LED ZEPPELIN biographies out, some better than others. However one book published this week (October 14) is sure to stand out in this overly competitive market, that of Jimmy Page himself who has created a photo-biography, snappily titled: Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page. Containing over 650 images of Mr Zoso – from a knobbly-kneed lad with an acoustic guitar in his mother’s living room, through disembarking his personal helicopter at Knebworth, to the wise, white-haired shaman we have today – it’s a fascinating, star’s-eye view of life at rock’n’roll’s cutting edge. Speaking to MOJO, Page explains why he shunned writing his memoirs in favour of pictures, how he freaked out Greater London Council with a futuristic weapon and more…
By Ryan Bassil
All photos by Chris Bethell
Every so often a conversation sparks up about rock’n’roll and its authenticity. This usually occurs around certain events: a tax-dodger dropping a microphone at an awards show, for example. Or a privately-and-internationally-educated ensemble from New York releasing “the album of the decade”.
Photo: GettyJulian Casablancas has said that he was “hungover for five years” after he stopped drinking alcohol.
Casablancas, who released ‘Tyranny’, his first album with new band The Voidz, this week, talked to to Rolling Stone about how life changed for him after he quit drinking and how, at his worst, he was waking up and drinking vodka.
Polydor/UMe have announced the November 24 release of a six-CD, 65-track Super Deluxe, 45th anniversary edition of the Velvet Underground’s self-titled, third album of 1969.
The new edition of this seminal album will feature various mixes, live recordings, a case-bound book and new liner notes by music writer David Fricke. ‘The Velvet Underground,’ the first album produced by the band themselves and the first with Doug Yule replacing co-founder John Cale, will now feature the remastered stereo mix by MGM house engineer Luis Pastor “Val” Valentin. This was recorded at T.T.G. Studios in Hollywood, while the Velvet Underground was staying at the celebrated Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles.
By Emily Smith
Photo: Getty Images
Billy Idol performed at the CBGB Music & Film Festival at Center 548 in New York on Thursday night ahead of the release of his revealing autobiography, “Dancing With Myself,” and new album, “Kings & Queens of the Underground.”
The UK rocker — who told the crowd he lived in Rockville Center and Patchogue on Long Island as a young child before his family moved back to England — lamented having never played the US with his 1970s punk band Generation X before his solo career took off, and said he wants to reform the group.
“To us, New York was the mecca of not only punk, but of music . . . It was one of the few places I wanted to come with Generation X . . . I still hope we can bring that to fruition at some point. I would love to get those guys back together,” Idol said. “We’re all still alive, there’s nothing stopping us doing it . . . except for some personalities.”