"Pop O.D.: The Songs of Iggy Pop" CD
Genres: tribute album, rock
17215 Mack Ave.
Detroit, MI 48224
Aug 27 - Sep 4 2002
I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for tribute albums. Moreover, I'm a sucker
for Iggy and the Stooges tribute albums. Nothing can get me
more excited than a stompin' cover of the classic "Search And
Destroy". Yet Pop O.D. is a mixed affair.
Don't worry, at times it manages to rock, but it just doesn't seem
like they're quite doing The Stooges any justice. Then again,
what can you expect?
Well, the reasonably faithful version of "Search And
Destroy" did quench my Iggy appetite, but the abhorrent
cacophony of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" (courtesy of the ha-ha
named Franklin Sane) cancelled it out. If it weren't for the
lyrics, this would have little relation to the original. My feelings
are mixed on Twitch's jazz-rock/reggae/funk rendition of
"Lust For Life", though Red September's energetic
pop-punk version of "Loose" works nicely. Versions of
"1969", "I Feel Alright", and "I Got Nothin'"
are also spirited, but erratics like a spoken word version of
"Candy" and stupid destructions of "Real Cool
Time" and "Dogfood" don't fit at all.
As a whole, Pop O.D. is a mixed affair, and fans of The
Stooges will be split. While some will be interested as to the
variety of approaches attempted on the CD, many will also feel that a injustice
has been dealt towards such an important band. Hey, the decision's up
[Vitals: 73 min 52 sec; 24 tracks; distributed by the label;