- Skull Ring
By Mr Huh?
(ed notes: This review was a long time coming. No need to get into
details but let's just say there were dark forces at work trying to keep
this from seeing the light of day. Fortunately, Mr. Huh? stepped
up to the plate to save the day and we now have the review for you. Better
late than never! -ed)
Iggy Pop's 'Skull Ring' album is an album
that many longtime fans both looked forward to and dreaded as well.
The reason being that 'Skull Ring' reunited Iggy Pop with the two remaining
members of his legendary former band, The Stooges (brothers Ron and Scott
Asheton) as well as teaming Iggy up with two much reviled names in pop-punk,
Green Day and Sum 41. Iggy also teams up with the bands The Trolls
or The Peaches on many songs. Despite the variety of team-ups, the
album manages to come off as a beautifully rugged, cohesive whole.
Each of the groups, instead of trying to play off of Iggy's fame in order
to try to win credibility, former glory, first-time fame, or more fans,
instead all concentrate on contributing to Iggy's vision, while maybe adding
some input of their own, but always mindful of who the director is of this
The end result is an album that, when listened
to attentively, captures Iggy Pop at his best. Playing rough, barely
clothed, straight-on, balls-to-the-wall rock that deceptively comes off
like some clown screaming, yet in reality, spewing lines capturing certain
experiences in a profound way and often communicating important messages,
backed by music that doesn't care as much about technique, as it does delivery
(as all good much should).
In the end, this album reminds us that
Iggy Pop is, when you get down to it, a poet, a philosopher, and a prophet,
dressed up like a rowdy, drunken, barfly.
- Skull Ring
Little Electric Chair - (with The Stooges)
Perverts In The Sun
Skull Rings - (with The Stooges)
Loser - (with The Stooges)
Private Hell - (with Green Day)
Little Know It All - (with Sum 41)
Dead Rock Star - (with The Stooges)
Rock Show - (with Peaches)
Here Comes The Summer
Motor Inn - (with Peaches)
Supermarket - (with Green Day)
Till Wrong Feels Right
Blood On My Cool/Nervous Exhaustion -
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