July 26th | Posted by: NMJ
Iggy Pop as John The Baptist to Johnny Rotten’s Jesus. Discuss.
At the beginning of the ’70′s a new genre in Rock started to develop and became accepted as the ‘way forward’ out of the ’60′s. Ever more complicated, and often technically very difficult to play, music; an obsession with instrumental solos; frequent changes of tempo; lyrics that were based in fantasy or science fiction rather than the here and now; concept albums and the avoidance of singles; the complete absence of any rhythm you could possibly dance to. I could go on. Overall it felt like a ‘baroque-ing’ up of Rock that would eventually lead to the phenomenal popularity and album sales of acts like ELP, Yes, Genesis, Rick Wakeman and a hundred others.
But there was a voice in the wilderness warning against such folly. And that voice was Iggy Pop’s. A voice that understood that all the over-complication of the Prog Rockers was taking Rock away from the guttural power and ability to move people and their feet that it once had. You don’t need to think too hard about great Rock, you feel it. And Iggy understood that instinctively.