I am the world’s forgotten boy
As Iggy Pop releases what is set to be his final album, it’s hard to wrap your mind around the fact that he’s been changing the landscape of American music for more than 45 years. He was already two seminal albums into his career with The Stooges before releasing the career best Raw Power, having flown to London to work with David Bowie on a musical resurrection. More than four decades later, initial track Search and Destroy remains as searingly alive as ever. While owing a great debt to MC5’s Kick Out the Jams, it manages to both refine and amplify the ramshackle danger of the fellow Michigan pioneers. It’s a relentless, visceral assault with a blistering guitar that dogfights with Pop’s vocals for supremacy throughout. Unlike the more baroque delivery of his solo years, here he’s working a raw sneer as he claims he’s “a streetwalkin’ cheetah with a heart full of napalm,” in what is surely a contender for greatest opening line of all time. This is the type of song that it built to incite something, heavy and itching for a fight. Largely lost on audiences at the time, Search and Destroy is a proto-punk magnum opus that leaves a hell of a mark.