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Iggy Pop Says Today's Rockers Lack Authenticity

Stooges frontman Iggy Pop thinks today's music is like "cheap drinks in a bad supermarket" -- and that the artists who are making said music lack authenticity.

Pop -- who sounds more and more like Ted Nugent every day -- said this and more in a video he posted as the ambassador for Record Store Day 2012. The video can be seen here.

Some other quotes:

"I think there are some ages, like the one we're living in, when the game is kind of rigged toward products that contain music -- sort of like those cheap drinks you get in a bad supermarket where it says, 'Contains 10 percent juice.'

"There's a lot of stuff out there with a bit of music to it, and I think that's OK, but it reminds me of how bad it was to turn on American Bandstand in the '50s and see all the endless, gutless, dickless imitations of Elvis that the American industry decided to push on the kids."

Pop recently announced he was working on new material with the Stooges, or at least with Stooges guitarist James Williamson. Pop said he and Williamson had written 10 new songs together in Miami.

Record Store Day takes place on April 21. For more info, visit

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.