This Friday, Iggy Pop released what may prove to be one of his last albums, the Josh Homme collaboration, Post-Pop Depression. The album was announced suddenly in January, and the hype heated up when pop and Homme performed the single “Gardenia” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Considering what Pop and Homme have both accomplished throughout their careers, the thought of them working together was naturally exciting, and when we consider what they’ve both done, they really seem like a perfect fit.
For one thing, both Pop and Homme have been all over the map as musicians. With Pop, we watched him start-out as the brutal frontman of the proto-punk Stooges, before going solo, and working with David Bowie on twin masterpieces The Idiot and Lust for Life. From then on, we’ve essentially watched Pop do whatever he wants; he embraced synthesizers on Blah Blah Blah, and later on would experiment with jazz on a collaboration with Medeski, Martin & Wood. Pop has left a legacy by defining himself as someone who will try anything once.
Homme is perhaps a bit less flexible, but he’s still done quite a bit over the years. After beginning his career with the stoner-metal legends Kyuss, he formed his most successful band Queens of the Stone Age, which kept the vibes of Kyuss, while adding a more aggressive, punk-rockier edge. While this was going on, he collaborated with Jesse Hughes on the garage rock of Eagles of Death Metal. While these acts have certainly differed in certain ways, they share a love of the spirit and ethos of rock ‘n roll — which of course, has practically defined Iggy Pop.