Earlier this year, before Iggy Pop was aware that he'd broken his foot during a Stooges show in Romania, he had a delightful, cuss-filled conversation with us from his home in the Cayman Islands. Afterward, when Pop found out that his foot was seriously busted, the band rescheduled its S.F. dates to next week — the Stooges play Sunday (Dec. 4) and Tuesday (Dec. 6) at the Warfield. Their approaching show seems like a perfect opportunity to share some of the parts of our chat we couldn't fit into the original printed interview. Here's some more from Iggy about last year's re-release of Kill City (the excellent album he made with Stooges guitarist James Williamson after the original band separated), Pop's views of L.A. at the time he wrote the album, and whether the footage Jim Jarmusch has shot of the Stooges will see public release.
Kill City, your first post-Stooges album, was re-released last year. How do you remember the making of that, and does it feel good to have it out in a new remastered version?
Yeah, and it was really, really important to James [Williamson]. The thing about that that I'm proudest of is that the writing was done very very quickly, in the living room of his illegal squat in Hollywood. And the technology was, he had his Les Paul and a Pignose, it's a tiny little amp with a three-inch speaker, and I just put my hand up by my mouth like a megaphone so that my holler would be a little louder, and that was it. I sat there with my notebook, and basically wrote what I think was a very good — if Raymond Chandler had been alive and made albums — a very good, Chandleresque description of life in L.A. at that time for a lot of people. And I think the title track, or a few of the tracks, are the first place where you'll hear themes that were developed later by Eazy-E, Ice-T, and Ice Cube. And you'll hear 'em first, right there.