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ziggfried
(acolyte)
02/14/07 07:13 AM
Re: Isn't it wild... new [re: ziggfried]  

"We had the idea [for "Nightclubbing"] on the last day of recording...The musicians had all packed everything away, some of them had already left on the plane. Coco Schwab came in armed with two ugly plastic masks. Bowie put one on for a laugh and sat down at the piano and played some old Hoagy Carmichael stuff. I went in and told him, 'That's it, that's exactly what I want.' I wrote the lyric in ten minutes and we recorded the song with a lousy drum machine. Bowie kept on saying, 'But we gotta get back the drummer, you're not gonna have that freaky sound on the tape!' And I replied, 'Hey, no way, it kicks ass, it's better than a drummer.' I always encouraged him to express the darkest and most deranged part of his art. Bowie helped me with some of the lyrics and said, 'Why don't you write a description of walking through the night like ghosts?'"

Iggy Pop, cited in The Complete David Bowie (2004 edition), p.153



ziggfried
(acolyte)
02/15/07 04:42 AM
Re: Iggy Pop new [re: ziggfried]  

“The whole reason for going [to Berlin] was because it was so low-key. Jim [Iggy Pop] and I - we were both having the same problems - knew it was the kind of place where you walk around and really are left alone and not stopped by people. They're very blasé there. Cynical, irony-based people and it's a great place if you really want to try and do some soul-searching and find out what it is you really want.”

David Bowie, Q magazine, June 1989



ziggfried
(acolyte)
02/18/07 02:25 AM
Re: Iggy Pop new [re: ziggfried]  

Describe the night you first saw and heard Iggy Pop.

"I remember his bottom more than anything else. I saw him only from the back as I was playing piano for him. This was around 1976, I suppose. I'd never seen him on-stage up until then, I knew him and loved his records and had brought him to England to play in 1973 but had missed those gigs because I was working. I couldn't get over his energy and commitment to savage realism. It was just not the same Jim that I knew, though. A rather lonely and quiet guy with a drug problem, horn-rimmed glasses and huge appetite for reading. When he was straight he was one of the sweetest guys you wish to be and talk with. But when stoned, oh, what a mess. Well, we both were. Can't help but respect what he's done, though. Not sure about this Charles Bukowski direction he's taken over the last few years. It's not defying expectations. It's playing to the gallery. I think he's got far greater potential than he allows himself. He just needs nudging in the right direction."

David Bowie, Mojo, July 2002



ziggfried
(acolyte)
02/19/07 07:58 AM
Re: Iggy Pop new [re: ziggfried]  

"[The success of Let's Dance] slowed everything down, it really did. Up until that point I'd done one, maybe two [albums]; sometimes if I was producing an artist it would be three albums I was making a year. With Iggy, for instance I was writing three albums a year for that period. I was writing his Lust For Life and The Idiot, and then I had my own albums I was writing. I was also doing the odd other thing for another artist as well, so it was really a heavy workload. But I enjoyed the hell out of it. And I was touring at the same time."

David Bowie, Weekly Dig, December 2003



ziggfried
(acolyte)
02/19/07 09:02 AM
Re: Iggy Pop new [re: ziggfried]  

"I did have two or three fabulous, wonderful friends [in the late 70s]...but the loneliness was within me. Coco [Schwab] was always a great support, and I was very close to Iggy as well, so the three of us bonded as a team. And yeah, some wonderful work came out of it. But within myself I was a very lonely person. It wasn't a pleasant neighbourhood in my head. I was in a kind of recovery, yet I didn't know it. I'd really badly fucked myself up, and it took quite a few years to realise the extent of the damage to my emotional self. I was really cracked-up and broken, y'know."

David Bowie, Uncut magazine, October 1999



ziggfried
(acolyte)
02/22/07 10:05 PM
Re: Iggy Pop new [re: ziggfried]  

"Bowie and I met up at a TV show recently...Bowie clapped me on the shoulder and asked me if I was still alive. He is still an arsehole, but a damned nice one."

Iggy Pop, Salon.com, 28 June 2001



EuropeanCanon
(crash course raver)
03/25/07 09:17 AM
Re: Iggy Pop new [re: ziggfried]  

For a while back in the 1970s, James Osterberg's manic alter ego completely hypnotised David Bowie. He named his most famous creation Ziggy Stardust after him, and shifted the register of his singing lower in a bid to match Iggy's growling baritone. According to Bowie's guitarist Mick Ronson, "David wanted to be Iggy." When he was at his lowest point in 1975, sleeping in a Hollywood garage on a stolen mattress, being supported by a gay hustler called Bruce, Bowie spirited him away to Berlin to produce what are undoubtedly his two best albums, The Idiot and Lust for Life. In response, Iggy used to refer to his benefactor as "that f***in' carrot top" and now doesn't mention him at all. "Everybody wants to be Iggy" is all he says when the subject of Bowie's adoration comes up.

Robert Sandall, reviewing 'Open Up and Bleed: The Biography of Iggy Pop' by Paul Trynka.
The Sunday Times, Culture, March 25, 2007.


ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/30/07 05:37 AM
Re: Iggy Pop new [re: ziggfried]  

"There are no friends in showbusiness. David Bowie once told me that and he was probably right. Do I still talk to Bowie? Only occasionally, but it's very cordial."

Iggy Pop, the NME, 18 August 2007



globule2
(cracked actor)
06/17/09 10:38 AM
Re: Iggy Pop new [re: ziggfried]  

exerpt from June 9, 2009 article in The (Montreal) Gazette, written by Bernard Peruse:

In reply to:

Pop said Bowie's friendship made him "more generous to others, more compassionate to others later in my life, because somebody gave me a couple of good breaks at a key time in my own life."

If Pop went to musical college by performing with his pre-Stooges blues band the Prime Movers, his grad work, he said, was with Bowie.

"I picked up a lot of information during these years that I still reference and use - everything from how huge industry giants act at dinner to the difference between a Bordeaux and a bone," he said, laughing.

And yet there was a price for Bowie's involvement, Pop said. Asked to elaborate, he said it was about carrying his weight and paying back as an artist. "It wasn't like somebody was just going to give me something altruistically," he said. "There was the same artistic pressure that you have with any strong collaborator - to measure up. Or else," he said, chuckling.




ziggfried
(acolyte)
07/09/09 04:30 AM
Re: Iggy Pop new [re: globule2]  

"Let's do a little Iggy/Bowie medley, shall we?...Here's one I wrote with the old cunt, it's called "Mass Production"..."

Iggy Pop, live at the Seaview Ballroom, Melbourne, 3 July 1983




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