Iggy Pop

Roadkill Rising: The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009

Anyone familiar with Iggy Pop’s career is likely convinced there’s a portrait of him in an attic somewhere aging. The man is timeless. Though much praise has already been lofted upon his shirtless shoulders and the necessity of a bootleg release seems somewhat redundant, it’s difficult to find any flaws with this record. Roadkill Rising offers a four-disc, 67 track fireball wrought with violence and nostalgia chronicling 28 years of heroin fueled and blood soaked live performances. While the quality of the recordings suffer at times (these are bootlegs after all), Iggy’s energy rattles through the dips in volume and analog scratches like a gunshot through dryer lint. If your knowledge of Iggy is limited to soundtrack favorites like “Lust for Life” or “1969” you wouldn’t be hard off to start with this album. It captures the essence of what he has always tried to bring to rock music — total chaos.


4 out of 5 Stars



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