Published Mar 02, 2009After decades in the rock game, Iggy Pop has announced he's making a jazz album, one inspired by controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq.
The Stooges front-man revealed his plans in a new video interview posted on his website, telling fans he's done with guitar bands and instead has made "a quieter album with some jazz overtones." Why, you ask? "That's because at one point I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music. And I was starting to listen to a lot of New Orleans-era Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton type of jazz," Pop explains in the video. "And I've always loved quieter ballads as well."
The new album is apparently called Preliminaires and is due out sometime in April or May via EMI France. The record's songs were originally intended to be used for the documentary Last Words, which was about Houellebecq's attempts to turn his book La Possibilité d'une île (The Possibility of an Island) into a film, but weren't used.
In the video, Pop claims he made the album especially for France and that he even sings "Les Feuilles Mortes" in French. He's also reportedly done a song called "King of the Dogs," which he says is "just how cool it is to be a dog and how much it beats human life."
While the original link to Pop's video interview appear to have gone dead, the album does have a website if you at all doubt in its existence.