Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

11. Iggy & The StoogesRaw Power

Iggy reminds me a lot of me. And it’s all in that name; it’s all in the title of that album. It’s raw power, you know? I like the funk that David Bowie was able to get behind Iggy. Believe it or not, I first saw an image of Iggy Pop at church, and they were talking about secret messages and backward masking – and they had [a picture of] Iggy Pop looking crazy. I didn’t get into it until later, but I think how I was introduced to it was ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’. And what I like about Iggy is it’s just genuine raunch. And the album seems like it’s all done in one take. ‘Let’s do that one, leave it, just try something else’. With his energy on stage, it seems as if the studio was just destroyed after that album – or at least you’d like to believe that. I just read an interview with him in which he said he wrote a lot of it in Hyde Park sitting under a tree wearing pyjama’s too, which gave it a cool twist as well. I just love ‘Search And Destroy’ and ‘I Need Somebody’ as well.

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