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Blast From The Past: Iggy Tribute

And I do mean blast – play this one loud!

Happened to pull this album off the shelves the other day, and sure enough, way back in 1998 I scribbled some words about it for TransAction Magazine. Funny how things change; although I liked their cut here I swatted Nada Surf with a backhanded compliment. Over the next decade they blossomed into a great band whose albums made my year-end lists more than once.

I still love tribute albums when they’re made from the heart; bands and project coordinator fully on track with the artist being feted. Even a small label trying to promote their artists can sometimes expose a great unknown band. It’s the major label projects that often leave me cold. (Jennifer Lopez fans aren’t going to want to hear her sing Bruce Springsteen, and I’m pretty sure fans of The Boss don’t want to have to scrape their ears clean with a fork, either.)

But enough about that – heeeeere’s Iggy!

Royalty Records has assembled a twenty-track, seventy-three minute tour through Iggy Pop’s career, the third such collection I’ve seen but easily the most high-profile. Reading the artists and track listing on the back cover would be enough inspiration for even a fringe fan to grab the disc, but the contents may surprise you. While some big names turn in respectable takes, a couple of the brightest moments come from the most unlikely artists.

Nada Surf always struck me as a one-hit MTV band, but their great version of “Sick Of You” is reminiscent of Love It To Death era Alice Cooper! Sugar Ray, another band-of-the-moment, torches “Cold Metal” so thoroughly that not even the insipid turntable scratching during the solo can take it down. Pansy Division shows that they have balls after all with a great rip on “Loose”.

The Lunachicks make “Passenger” an aural treat all over again, and Extra Fancy’s shuffle version of “Sell Your Love” is one of the two or three best cuts on the record. The Red Hot Chili Peppers do a credible version of “Search And Destroy”, but it’s licensed from seven years ago, not newly recorded. If they were going to rob the vaults, I would have much preferred the Dictators’ classic flame-thrower interpretation.

Not everyone shines, however. An almost-unrecognizable Superdrag drones their way through “1970” and Blondie (here reformed as a four piece under the pseudonym Adolph’s Dog) schmooze their way through “Ordinary Bummer” (what a waste of a Clem Burke sighting!). With tribute projects you take your chances, and the couple of clinkers aside the percentages are very good on this one.

Listen to clips from this album.

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T.G.I.F. – Literally Ten

My inside source Eli turned me on to some hilarious literal videos the other day, and while I might be the last person on the bus with this phenomenon, they’re still pretty damn funny. Even if some numbnuts from the label did force them to delete the rip on”Take On Me” by a-ha, which was brilliant!

So here are TEN of my other favorites…have a great weekend!

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The Beatles: Penny Lane…horse montage!

Journey: Separate Waysthe lamest video ever, finally made funny!

Creed: With Arms Wide Open…dude, you’re not Jesus. This proves it.

Monkees: Daydream Believer…it’s hard to play a guitar through your tie!

Bonnie Tyler: Total Eclipse of the Heartmaybe I should be acting but I’m not

Tears For Fears: Head Over Heels…I saw that Ghostbusters copied that

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Under The Bridge…nod at this guy so he won’t mug me

TMBG: Birdhouse In Your Soul…herky jerky guy holds a guitar

Crowded House: World Where You Live…spin around, it’s in your contract!

Jefferson Starship: We Built This City…candidate for worst song ever gets ripped

Bonus track: excerpt of that which we aren’t supposed to see

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