Legend has it Lou Reed was once moved to comment that, “One chord is fine, two chords is pushing it, three chords is jazz.” And I had assumed Mr Reed’s fellow rock icon Iggy Pop was of a similar disposition with regard to keeping musical matters as straightforward as possible. Apparently not! According to the NME, Pop’s forthcoming album Preliminaires will have the whiff of jazz about it. This, apparently, reflects the rockers’ recent listening which includes “New Orleans-era, Louis Armstrong Jelly Roll Morton-type jazz.”
I interviewed Pop once and found him to be a funny, thoughtful, character whose mental faculties seemed entirely unimpaired by the abuse which he has put his brain through over the years. But the question remains, Popwatchers: Are you ready for Iggy Pop: Jazzbo?