Iggy Pop

In 1967, when The Doors released their first LP, a young ex-drummer named James Osterberg formed the Psychedelic Stooges to voice the primal urges of grungy, downwardly mobile, mid-western white kids. If Jim Morrison was the Lizard King, then Jimmy Osterberg was the Iguana Stooge — a leather-skinned, cynical, self-invented “loser” neither duped nor encouraged by the hippie era’s overly optimistic mysticism. Calling himself first Iggy Stooge, then ultimately Iggy Pop, Osterberg made raw, angry, libidinous rock and roll. Continue reading “Iggy Pop”

Green Day: Punk Rock With a Sense of Humor

Green Day: Nassau Coliseum, NY

By matching the cheeky insouciance of the early Beatles with the amphetamine hooks of the Ramones in the late ’80s, Green Day graduated rock and roll high school built for maximum velocity.

By undercutting the nasty edge of punk nihilism with a fairly broad and accessible sense of humor, Green Day has achieved a mainstream appeal the envy of most of its peers and many of its role models. Continue reading “Green Day: Punk Rock With a Sense of Humor”