SXSW Part Two
By the time Iggy went on I was beginning to feel as if an alien was inhabiting my body. Sleep deprivation will do that to ya. As a rule, by Saturday night at SXSW, the four day hangover slash schmoozing overload is so severe that Robert Plant could be singing you a lullaby and you'd never hear it.
Fortunately, several Stereophile music writers stayed inside for the entire show and reported that Iggy, with the other two surviving Stooges, Ron and Scott Asheton (guitar and drums respectively) sounded as primal as ever. Wrinkly–er but still loud and raw. Opening with "Loose," Iggy was jumping into the crowd by the second song, the immortal, "I Want to Be Your Dog." The material from the new record, The Weirdness like the songs "Trollin'" and "ATM" also sounded very Stooges–esque although more than one writer mentioned to me that Iggy was trying too hard at times to be "punk" and "a rebel." Too much leering, too much posturing and too much selfconscious body contorting. My personal highlight of the show, which again I was in and out of rather quickly, was seeing him alternately flashing peace signs and his middle finger. Did it change my life this show? Definitely not. Sorry Stooges fans that was then and this is most assuredly now. I'll see him here in NYC again in a couple weeks so maybe my opinion will change.