Iggy Pop being interviewed on a Toronto TV show, in March 1977.
"What sounds to you like a big load of trashy old noise is, in fact, the music of a genius… myself." — Iggy tells CBC host Peter Gzowski in the beginning of the interview. But later he says, "This is serious business to me, do you understand? It's very serious. I feel very strongly about what I do. And it's not all that good. I'm not that great, you know, really…”
I don’t know about you - but I hadn’t seen this complete interview before. So here’s ten wonderful minutes in the company of Iggy Pop, forty years ago, in a Toronto TV studio, in the midst of the promotion and the tour that he and Bowie were doing for The Idiot. Iggy is brattish to the max, he’s unpredictable, and he’s brilliant.
The CBC website says:
On March 11, 1977 Iggy Pop, a singer synonymous with a new musical movement called punk rock, joins CBC host Peter Gzowski for an interview. Iggy Pop is wearing black dress pants and a beige blazer but he's forgotten his dress shirt. He's also forgotten his manners and Gzowski's name. He picks at his nails, saying they're dirty, rather than answering the host's questions.
Later apparently, after the interview Gzowksi said Iggy was putting on an act, because backstage he was "quite a pleasant young guy."
Iggy is fed up, or he's pretending to be, because he and Bowie and the band were at the last minute prevented from playing live, tho’ they had rehearsed that afternoon for the show. It was a month prior to the infamous performance of the Dinah! Show, April 15th, so one can only imagine what a treat it would have been. Oh my God, what a tragedy!
Again from the CBC website:
…they were on tour for Pop's current album, The Idiot, and they played Toronto's Seneca Field House just a few days later. But a union SNAFU meant the kids at home wouldn't be getting a preview of the show on CBC that night. They'd have to settle for an Iggy Pop interview instead — one that spawned some of the most famous quotes of his career. So notable, in fact, that this entire rant was sampled in a 1999 track by Mogwai, "Punk Rock."
CBC have a cartoon version online of part of the interview:
This video is not brilliant quality, but I don’t find anything else out there. I've fixed a few glitches and done what I can to make it more watchable...
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