‘Til Wrong Feels Right: Lyrics and More
This new volume of Iggy Pop’s lyrics updates the previous collection (which went up to 1999, documenting the first 30 years of his work). Here now we go up to his most recent album – two further decades.
And though there’s something curious – and occasionally wonderful – about the rock’n’roll heat and the street-poetry of Pop’s best lyrics they don’t really mean a whole heap on the page.
Where this volume succeeds though is in the “and More”. Great pics, wonderful design and the pithy, droll “liner-note”-styled asides from the Ig.
Also this succeeds for existing really, just as Iggy does.
It means more – I reckon – to hear from Mr. Pop in the wake of Lou Reed’s death first and then Bowie’s.
How has this plasticine-chest man of all the past excess continued to tick, continued to be. And how has he bounced back from several failure-moments to offer genuine surprises.
Right now he appears to be on a late hot streak, interesting collaborations, regular new releases and paying full respect to the legacy of The Stooges.
He’s a freak. He’s worth a million in prizes. And more.
I’m glad this anthology of his lyrics and album reminiscences exists. I’m glad the character of Iggy Pop (as played now for 50 years by James Osterberg) still exists too.
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