How did Iggy Pop get so thin

The last living communist

The most beautiful scene of this film, composed entirely of beautiful scenes, shows a talk show in America. You can see the undulating host and Iggy Pop, the singer. Iggy Pop says: “My art is Dionysian. In case you are familiar with the difference to Apollonian. ”The question will have been once again why an artist behaves like a madman while under drugs, why he sing songs like“ I Wanna Be Your Dog ”and why he gets naked on stage must roll in pieces. But what should one answer someone who has not read his Nietzsche?

The film is called "Gimme Danger", like an old song by Iggy & The Stooges. Iggy Pop sits with the director Jim Jarmusch, who has always had a big heart for noble savages like John Lurie and Tom Waits, at home in Florida in front of a self-painted mural and talks about his life. Next to them, a skull grins into the camera. After 70 years of life, the punk's grandfather has frozen into a picture on which a long-haired, leather-skinned factotum "1969" and "Search And Destroy" growls. Unfortunately, everyone who likes him sees him that way today. As the last of his kind, as a great primitive in the ever-shrinking world of pop music.

Jim Jarmusch brings people to light, without whom the figure would not exist. "Jim Osterberg as Iggy Pop" is written in the opening credits, because they are both one and also not, a man and his role in life. "I was young," says Iggy, "and in a rock band." Before he founded the Stooges, he was a child who heard the noise of the Ford factories on a school trip in Detroit, the "mega-sound" as he explains in the film , learned to appreciate. The family lived in the trailer. When Jim, little Iggy, wanted to learn the drums, his parents let him have the comparatively spacious bedroom. So he became a great musician and good person.

With his first band, the Iguanas, he moved to Chicago, where black blues was played as rock music. Until he sat on the bank, paused to think about it for a long time, and realized that he wasn't black. In Ann Arbor, west of Detroit, Iggy Pop founded a flat share and a band in a shaky house, which was first called The Dirty Shames and The Psychedelic Stooges and, from 1967, burst into the age of love and peace as The Stooges. Iggy became a singer because he no longer wanted to "stare at asses" as a drummer. He watched his stage dances from the baboons. The guitarist Ron Asheton liked to wear armbands and medals that his father had captured at the front in the German Reich. They didn't feel like conventional musicians, but rather as avant-garde because they played on vacuum cleaners and self-made instruments. "Sometimes I could still sing, sometimes not," remembers Iggy. “Something always went wrong,” recalls his guitarist.

There was more to it. "We were true communists," says Iggy Pop in the film, they shared everything. Only the rock commune MC5 was more communist than it: John Sinclair, a avowed anarchist, ran the band's business and led a party, the White Panthers, to ruin Western culture. Iggy and the Stooges didn't like it. When John Sinclair swung his speeches, Iggy would do somersaults to distract himself. "We preferred to stay out of it," he reports to Jim Jarmusch. "That's why they thought we were nihilists." As befits any ordinary nihilist, Iggy refused anything that struck him as overly affirmative. You can see cheerful people dancing in robes. You can hear hippies singing their hymn to the “Marrakesh Express”. It's shocking when Iggy scolds: “Even back then, something like that was hatched during some meetings. That stinks. Still. ”The pop industrial complex. Now Iggy herself was never beyond the system. You can see him after the Stooges on the side of David Bowie and inventing punk when punk was not yet called that. Jim Jarmusch films the covers of all records that would never have existed without Iggy, from the Sex Pistols, Nirvana and so on. But Iggy Pop was always a clever dialectician who could survive in the middle of the system in his own bubble. He never wrote songs of more than 25 words without "Dylan-bla-bla-bla," as Iggy says. He kept himself thin with qigong and swimming and pretended that the early sins alone created his body.

When the Stooges reunited in the noughties, he demanded an immoral sum to share with the others without losing anything. Quite the prudent communist. Jim Jarmusch writes about him on the back of the album for the film "Gimme Danger", Iggy Pop embodies Nijinski, Bruce Lee, Harpo Marx and Rimbaud in one person. Iggy has never been so pretentious, he says: “I just want to be.” Now he's 70 and as old and wise as he always was.

++++ - A worthy Stooges documentary by Jim Jarmusch