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Baker's Dozen

Drumroll Please: Jim White's Baker's Dozen
Julian Marszalek , March 20th, 2024 14:22

From hearing a drumroll so good he dropped out of university, to the links between Iggy Pop and Lana Del Rey, the much-lauded percussionist Jim White speaks to Julian Marszalek about the 13 albums he loves the most


Iggy Pop – The Idiot

I love The Idiot and Lust For Life. They came into my life when my older sister went to art school and brought them home. It's just a mood with them. I was listening a little bit to them last night thinking, what am I going to actually say about them? It’s not necessarily how I remember it, but it’s the mood of it, I think. I think there's a connection between this and the Lana Del Rey album [Norman Fucking Rockwell] where it's kind of dramatic but not overly so. I always think of ‘Mass Production’ and Iggy’s got Bowie on it.

This opened up a world of possibilities for me. Music has always been like a total mystery and I think it still is, but this record just did it for me. This and Lust For Life, I always see them together, but The Idiot is just a little bit more removed. As much as I love The Stooges – especially their first album – this is the Iggy Pop album for me. It’s rock but not rock, and it still sounds fresh to me.