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Pop O.D.: The Songs of Iggy Pop

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The musicians of Detroit bear a special relationship to proto-punk Ann Arbor icon Iggy Pop. Here, a widely varied array of Detroit area groups pay homage to the Iggster. Playing under the banner, "weirdoes are the best value for your entertainment dollar," Twitch delivers an oddly funky, faintly reggae, take on "Lust for Life." Gone so far in the direction of sludge and noise as to recall drugged Stooges bootleg recordings is Mog Stunt Team's "No Fun" with oddly paired male vocals; droll and agitated. A special hello to my friends in Spat! who provide their high energy cover of "T.V. Eye," long a loudspeaker-powered highpoint of their live shows. A man definitely in touch with the '60s Detroit sound is Bobby Beyond (a.k.a. Bootsey X). He leads his Lovemasters into a blistering 1999 spin on "1969" recorded live. The Lovemasters on this recording, and in its present lineup, include Ricky Rat from the Trash Brats. The Brats contribute their own "I Feel Alright (1970)." But perhaps the most memorable cut on this collection is the spoken word duet of "Candy" by the Impaler and Cindi St. Germain. Another break in the hard rock action is ambient techno "Night Theme" from Marooned. A trombone helps out a "Five Foot One" as done by Immortal Whinos of Soul with a special guest on vocals. The Acoustic Terminator (Ernie Douglas) gives us a one-man interpretation of "I'm Bored."

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