POP - NUGGETS
(JUNGLE FREUD CD 074)
Lost and forgotten
Iggy Pop songs declares the cover sticker. So whats it all
about, and whats in it for Pistols fans? Jungle have got their hands
on the Skydog bootlegs Wake Up! Suckers and Were
Not Talkin About Commercial Shit!, and made them legal. The
2CD collection is basically the highlights of the 2 bootlegs plus 3 tracks
from the Ole Mule Skinner bootleg released on Imperium. Ironically
the ...Skinner cuts are the only 3 from that album not to
feature Steve or Glen. Nevertheless its Steve and Glen that provide
the Pistols interest on Nuggets. The collection brings together
the 1985 Iggy/Jones Blah Blah Blah demos, Woman Dream
and Family Affair, recorded in LA, and live Iggy/Glen performances
of You Really Got Me and Batman Theme from 1979.
is a stormer, featuring a powerful performance from Steve, deserving of
the nugget tag. The cover version of Sly and the Family Stones
Family Affair is bizarre, as Steves guitar work is remarkably
reminiscent of his solo Mercy album, far more so than of Iggys
Blah Blah Blah.
Of the Iggy/Glen live cuts, Batman Theme is totally crazy, and well worth a listen. You Really Got Me, featuring ex-Damned guitarist Brian James, is an unspectacular performance.
The remainder of the
CD set fulfills its promise of rare and unreleased songs,
all culled from what Jungle refer to as the lost psychotic era.
The recording quality and performances vary, while never straying too
far from the raw edginess that is Iggy Pop. How about a further release
combining the complete Soldier and Blah Blah Blah
Review by Phil
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