Josh Homme and Iggy Pop at the GRAMMY Museum
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Iggy Pop And Josh Homme's Marilyn Manson Connection
Punk-rock icon Iggy Pop and GRAMMY winner Josh Homme recently detailed their 2016 collaboration that resulted in the former's new studio album, Post Pop Depression, during an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's A Conversation With series. In an exclusive interview, the duo revealed the '90s shock rocker who sparked their introduction at a magazine photoshoot in 2001, among other topics.
"[I] was in England and I was asked, 'Would I be photographed for the cover of [a September 2001 issue of] Kerrang! magazine?'" said Pop. "Then they said, 'Would you form a daisy chain with Josh Homme and Marilyn Manson?'"
"So essentially we were introduced by Marilyn Manson," added Homme.
"I was impressed with Josh," said Pop. "He didn't look like the others there. He was the only guy besides myself who wasn't dressed up in some sort of satanic space outfit."
Considered the Godfather of Punk, Michigan native Iggy Pop blasted onto the scene in the late '60s as the frontman for punk progenitors the Stooges. Though the group's original incarnation lasted seven years, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 on the strength of their influence and snarling classics such as "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "Search And Destroy." Pop subsequently launched a solo career with 1977's The Idiot. His highest charting hit was 1990's "Candy" (a duet with Kate Pierson of the B-52's), which reached No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. Pop's solo canon also includes well-known songs such as "Lust For Life" (co-written by David Bowie), "The Passenger" and "Real Wild Child (Wild One)."
Born in Joshua Tree, Calif., multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Homme has co-founded several alt-rock bands, including Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age and Eagles Of Death Metal. In 2009 he joined forces with fellow GRAMMY winners Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones to form Them Crooked Vultures. The supergroup won a GRAMMY for Best Hard Rock Performance for 2010 for "New Fang." Homme has collaborated with a variety of other artists, including PJ Harvey, Trent Reznor, Melissa Auf der Maur, and Mastodon.
Released in March, Pop's Post Pop Depression was produced by Homme with contributions from bassist Dean Fertita and drummer Matt Helders. Featuring nine songs, including "Gardenia" and "American Valhalla," the album debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200, marking the highest-charting album of Pop's career.
Pop and Homme mounted a brief spring tour of the United States and Europe in support of Post Pop Depression. Pop has additional international tour dates scheduled through October.