He is the certifiable granddaddy of garage rock – not to mention one of the planet’s most electrifying performers – so when Stooges alum Iggy Pop proclaims that music today is like "cheap drinks you get in a bad supermarket," it sounds like gospel, not sour grapes from a geezer past his prime.
The impossibly sinewy and buff singer, who is the ambassador for Record Store Day 2012, posted a video on the official Record Store Day site suggesting that modern rockers lack authenticity. He said:
“I think there are some ages, like the one we're living in, when the game is kind of rigged towards products that contain music – sort of like those cheap drinks you get in a bad supermarket where it says, 'Contains 10% juice.'
“There's a lot of stuff out there with a bit of music to it, and I think that's OK, but it reminds me of how bad it was to turn on American Bandstand in the 50s and see all the endless, gutless, d---less imitations of Elvis that the American industry decided to push on the kids."
Take that, posers and losers! As Britain’s NME notes, Pop last year revealed that he was working on new material with the Stooges, specifically with guitarist James Williamson. Pop said he and Williamson penned 10 tracks together at his house in Miami and would continue to "keep writing" new songs, although he didn’t confirm whether they would be released as a studio album.
This year's Record Store Day takes place on April 21 – also Iggy Pop’s 65th birthday (!!) - and sees exclusive releases and special shows to celebrate independent record shops around the world.
Speaking about his role as ambassador, Pop said: "I got my name, my musical education and my personality all from working at a record store during my tender years.
“Small indie shops have always been a mix of theatre and laboratory. In the 50s and 60s the teen kids used to gather after school at these places to listen free to the latest singles and see if they liked the beat."