Iggy Pop: Ready To Die explores 'glory' of recovering from depression

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 May 2013
Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop has revealed The Stooges' 'Ready To Die' is a tribute to the band's three remaining members and the positive about recovering from depression

Iggy Pop wrote 'Ready To Die' about the "glory" of recovering from depression.

The 67-year-old rocker chose the title of The Stooges' follow-up album from 2007's 'The Weirdness' after battling with the illness himself and has now decided to live every day like it's his last.

Iggy also wanted to pay tribute to himself and his two bandmates Scott Asheton and James Williamson, who have remained in the group since they first formed in 1967, after guitarist and bassist Ron Asheton passed away in 2009.

He said: "I was kinda writing a tribute to the three Stooges left living ... But what I really wanted to do was sing about myself.

"So I wrote about the glory of trying to overcome your depression, for which I have a nagging ... well, I have that possibility.

"It's been my good fortune that I try to be in sunny places, near water and green things, so I don't get depressed too much.

"But I can, and when I do, I'd like the idea that I would just shoot for doing something cool, both to prepare myself for that, and to feel like the lie I'm living is worthy of my death."

The 'I Got A Right' rockers have gone in a new direction for their upcoming LP, with Iggy crediting Steve's saxophone playing and his own experience of singing in French - for his solo albums 'Préliminaires' and 'Après' - with making it "sexy".

He added to Mojo magazine: "Well, I was really happy that Steve got to play more sax on this one. As for sexier, that may have come as a result of the album's I'd done in the interim singing baritone in French.

"Listening back to 'The Weirdness', I maybe tried to jump on the bandwagon and match the fury too much."

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