Iggy Pop Names His Favorite Song From ‘Raw Power’

Iggy Pop reflected on pushing Stooges‘ most acclaimed album to close despite the band being known to be breaking up at the time.

Raw power, released in February 1973, became a seminal work in punk rock. In a new interview with UncutPop marked his upcoming 50th anniversary by naming his favorite song from the eight track title.

“‘Search and Destroy’ has become very popular,” he said. “My personal favorite, though, is ‘Shake Appeal.’ Because that was the only three minutes of my life where I ever had to approximate Little Richard. It’s practically impossible for me to hit a sustained high note like that and scream the kind of hyped, crazy hillbilly rock stuff that I’ve always liked.”

He allowed that “Search and Destroy” was “the masterpiece of the record”, continuing: “I knew it when we did it. I felt relieved that it made me artistically secure. But I knew I was still socially fucked.”

The band, with a new lineup, had moved to London to make the record by invitation David Bowie‘s management company, MainMan. “I realized there was almost nobody in the world who wanted to save the Stooges,” Pop said. “I knew there were a few disgruntled, weird people out there who would actually like this, but there was no apparatus to pick them up.

“I knew our management didn’t want it, I knew radio didn’t get it, and I knew most people wouldn’t get it. On top of that, we were all one step away from becoming junkies and those who wasn’t a junkie was completely out of touch with reality. I knew what was going to happen.”

Pop insisted that MainMan had represented the band’s “best shot at making something” and reported that they had been treated well during their time in the UK “They respected us and left us alone. We got all the artistic demands – a place to practice, and a good studio. The band had a nice house to live in. Since I couldn’t come up with the lyrics and live with them at the same time, they put me in the basement of Blake’s Hotel. I’d stick my head out and see Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret. ‘Oh, I say, it’s Iggy Pop!'”

Despite the Stooges’ breakup months later Raw power was released, he added: “I had faith that if we did our best, things would come. Of course they did. We were very well rewarded for that record, later on. … All three Stooges albums equal me, but Raw power is the expensive spread when you talk about the Stooges. That’s the big one.”

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