On Saturday, Iggy Pop and legendary cult director Jim Jarmusch appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition to talk about Jarmusch’s new career-spanning Stooges documentary, Gimme Danger, which is in theaters now.
Jarmusch discussed his die-hard Stooges fandom since his teenage years—”This was industrial, working-class, ass-kicking rock ‘n’ roll”—along with Iggy’s approach to live performing. “One of the most important things to me and Stooges fans is that Iggy Pop breaks down the wall between the audience and the band,” he said. “He dives into the crowd. He was the first person to do that, to merge the two things.”
As for Iggy, who’s pretty reticent here, he was happy to explain his elixir of life, or whatever it is that allows him to remain fit and batshit energetic as he pushes 70: “Go to bed early, try to get enough rest, try to get a normal amount of exercise without being goofy about it.”
Listen to or read the interview at NPR’s website, and watch a trailer for Gimme Danger below.