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Various Artists

"Pop O.D.: The Songs of Iggy Pop" CD

Static Records

Genres: tribute album, rock

Static Records
17215 Mack Ave.
Detroit, MI 48224

Aug 27 - Sep 4 2002

Okay, 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 to you.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 73 min 52 sec; 24 tracks; distributed by the label; released 1998]