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Iggy Pop Disses The Clash And 'The Sincere Punks'

Iggy Pop recently gave an interview to the New York Times, and although the whole interview is great and worth reading, Iggy had these disparaging words to say about what he called the ‘sincere punks’, a term he used to qualify another very well known punk band:

NY Times: Many date the birth of punk rock to a show the Stooges played in London in 1972, which was seen by founding members of The Clash and the Sex Pistols. What did you think when the punks started releasing music a few years later?

I reacted to it better than I had to the hippie thing. As it developed, I couldn’t stand the sincere punks. I never believed them. Still don’t.

NY Times: The sincere punks?
Like the Clash were going to make the world politically correct for everybody’s benefit — but only if you kept buying Clash records. I never really went for the righteousness. I went more for the profligate, sneering groups. I also realized that it was good that I wasn’t doing that sort of music anymore. In penile, postpubescent rock, the generation is five years; it’s not 25 years. It would have been worse if I was still knocking out stuff that sounded like my first record but not as good.’

I am sorry to say that, as much as I have enjoyed seeing Iggy Pop in concert a few months ago, this was a regrettable thing to say. He went for the proliferate groups? And he was certainly part of these groups, that was his choice, but why does he criticize something he wasn’t,… and may be couldn’t be because he was too busy shooting too much heroin? I don’t understand why he is making a mockery of the sincerity of the legendary British band.

And last time I checked, he was still singing that ‘penile postpubescent rock’ as he said,… didn’t he sing ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, and didn’t he dedicate ‘Cock in My Pocket’ to his penis at the Palladium in December? I don’t think I dreamt it, what’s the fuck is he talking about?

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