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The ShortListen: Iggy Pop (no. 238)

Who? Iggy Pop

What’s the story? Music has a funny way of timing things. One of the most heartfelt tributes to the late, great David Bowie came from his former Berlin partner-in-crime Iggy Pop, and it's appropriate that, just as Bowie was pushing boundaries all the way up to the end, Iggy - at the same age of 69 - is still doing exactly the same. His latest project is a rock supergroup - something which frequently adds up to less than the sum of its parts - featuring Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Dean Fertita on guitars and bass, and Arctic Monkeys sticksman Matt Helders on drums - for once, Dave Grohl hasn't got in there first. The first two tracks have been revealed, and they're an absolute joy. The QOTSA desert rock influence is clear, most noticably on Break Into Your Heart (below), but on Gardenia (above), it's more than offset by the funkiness of Helders' drumming. Both tracks, though, show Iggy at his most tuneful - yet still snarling - in years. The forthcoming album, Post Pop Depression, should be a cracking listen, particularly if there's more along the lines of Gardenia.

For fans of: Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Them Crooked Vultures

In three words: Funky rockin' legend

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