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Posted on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 12:30 p.m.

Iggy Pop and the Stooges planning new album

By Bob Needham

Forty-some years after they first got together, Iggy & the Stooges continue to make music: The landmark born-in-Ann-Arbor band today announced the upcoming release of a new album.

Called "Ready to Die," the new album is set for release April 30 on Fat Possum records. It will be credited to "Iggy and the Stooges," and it's available for pre-order on the Fat Possum website.

This announcement closely follows last week's news that the Iggy and the Stooges 2011 Michigan Theater tribute concert for Ron Asheton will be released on DVD.

A tour is expected to accompany the new album, with an announcement coming "shortly."

Here's a brief video clip from the new album, and judging by this, it sounds like the classic primal Stooges sound is still in full-force (note that the video contains profanity):

Iggy and the Stooges Scarecrow from Fat Possum Records on Vimeo.

Following is the text of today's announcement:

Better 40 years later than never: The follow-up to the first record ever to bear the Iggy and the Stooges logo--the immortal proto-punk masterpiece Raw Power--will finally be out April 30, when Fat Possum Records releases the all-new Iggy and the Stooges studio album, Ready To Die.

Ready To Die finds Iggy Pop, guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott "Rock Action" Asheton reunited for a full album of all-new material for the first time since the legendary Raw Power sessions, with Mike Watt filling in for the late Ron Asheton on bass. The results are the closest thing to a time capsule to 1973--or at least to Iggy's subsequent efforts with Williamson, including 1977's Kill City and 1979's New Values--that rock 'n' roll is likely to proffer in this millennium. The new album's opening one-two of "Burn" and "Sex & Money" pair sublimely blunt and self-explanatory subject matter with back alley razor-blade guitars and a troglodytic rhythmic stomp as intensely single-minded as Iggy's lyrical statements of intent. Elsewhere on the album, anthems abound in the form of the most dead-on rallying cry for the lower-working-class dispossessed to date--the succinctly and aptly titled "Job"--as well as a title track that mixes a signature Iggy Pop mission statement of angry desperation with guitar pyrotechnics that recall those halcyon opening salvos of "Search & Destroy."

Just as Iggy exhumed the original Stooges name when he reunited in 2003 with the Asheton brothers, the revival of the Iggy and the Stooges moniker that first appeared on the cover of Raw Power heralded the return of guitarist James Williamson to the fold in 2009, or as Iggy put it then "although 'the Stooges' died with Ron Asheton, there is still 'Iggy and the Stooges'." As far as the decision to record and release a new Iggy and the Stooges album for the first time since 1973, Iggy recently commented:

"My motivation in making any record with the group at this point is no longer personal. It's just a pig-headed f------ thing I have that a real f------ group when they're an older group they also make f------ records. They don't just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of f------ money..."

Watch the full statement from Iggy in all its profanity-filled glory.

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Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.


Geoff Larcom

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 9:27 p.m.

Every time I see an Iggy Pop story, I chuckle at this little Larcom family tidbit. My sister dated Iggy Pop! See this column on the funny turns life can take.

Bob Needham

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 9:46 p.m.

Such a fun story. Thanks for the reminder.


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 7:52 p.m.

They've been great live since they've reunited, but The Weirdness was not exactly a steller addition to the rest of their stone cold classic discography. Hopefully they rectify that on this album.

Bob Needham

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 8:30 p.m.

Going by that brief clip they supplied, I am definitely curious to hear more.