Has Iggy Pop sold out?
Answer”Â¦has he fuck!
what do you think? comments please?
Droning on in the blogosphere is this endless debate about Iggy Pop selling out.
There were the car insurance ads that got them typing frantically before signing off under an assumed name. The debate has been re-ignited by Iggy’s appearance on American Idol. Somehow this has been construed as some sort of attack on the principles of punk rock. Instead it was glorious moment of in your face, misfit rock n roll going wild in the studio. Mainstream TV soft sells soft porn to the coach potatoes so it’s great to see something truly feral connecting to the fuck power of R’n’R.
The moment when Iggy gets primal in front of Jennifer Lopez is priceless. Lopez has spent years selling sex and her revulsion at the real thing is great TV.
But has Iggy sold out?
Lets look at this point by point.
1. One of the claims over his car ads is that Iggy Pop has sold punk out. Iggy Pop was never a punk. He started in the mid sixties. He has never claimed to be punk rock. The ideals that came with punk rock are something that happened in a different country to a different set of people ten years later. Iggy’s music was a massive influence on punk- but it’s not the other way round.
2. Appearing on the car insurance ad hardly makes Iggy a one off sell out. It’s not like he’s the only person in the history of rock n roll to do ads. Somehow, though, he has been singled out for criticism. The anonymous internet critics seem to forget the countless ads that John Peel voiced, Blur or The Fall’s music appeared on, as well as endorsements from Johnny Depp, Paul MacCartney, Dwight Yokum, Joss Stone, Missy Elliot, Madonna and about 300 other celebrities have appeared in commercials from GAP clothing. David Arquette and Courtney Cox-Arquette, Bill Cosby, Paula Abdul, New Kids on the Block, Aretha Franklin, Bill Gates, Roy Orbison and more fo Coca Cola. Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Shakira, Madonna, Faith Hill, Ray Charles, Bob Dole, Michael J. Fox, Shaquille O’Neal and more for Pepsi
And there is Johnny Rotten’s butter ads”Â¦but we won’t be talking about those.
At least Iggy looks cool in his ads and takes the piss out of himself.
2. Iggy Pop never ”Ësold in’ so he can’t sell out. His music is timeless and untarnished. In the 21st century surely we are all far too cynical to care about ads. Is there anyone out there who thinks car insurance is more rock n roll because the Ig appears in the ads?
3. What is the big deal with appearing on American Idol? Its hardly an endorsement of the show- the usual tedious talent show that makes up early 21st century entertainment.
Half the time people moan that there is nothing on TV and when there is they moan about it being there. Iggy’s run tough of ”ËWild Child’ on the show is , of course, not his greatest moment but it was still funny, dangerous and animalistic. The sanatised TV studios are the perfect platform for someone to really tear it up and Iggy tears it up.