Post Pop Depression is a gift to rock fans. Whether you like the music or not, take the time to recognize how awesome this collaboration actually is.
Iggy Pop and Josh Homme released an album on March 18, 2016. Officially, Post Pop Depression is an Iggy Pop album, and most likely the last Iggy Pop album to ever be released. I’m not here to praise the album or make aggressive attempts to persuade you to listen to it. Actually, at the time of writing this, I have yet to even listen to it. I’m only here to talk about the sheer awesomeness of this album. To open your eyes to how cool it is that two rock legends, each prominent figures of rock in their respective eras, have teamed up to gift us with new music. Whether you know it or not, Iggy Pop and Josh Homme have each had their hand in the moulding of rock music. Their combined influential footprint on rock ’n’ roll is larger than most people realize.
At 68-years old, Iggy Pop is a rock legend. There’s no debating this. When I discovered The Stooges self-titled debut album, I’m not over-exagerating when I say my life changed. Just hearing the opening chords of “I Wanna Be Your Dog” opened up my mind to a world where music could have such a pure, raw energy. At that moment I also realized that this is the type of rock music I had been yearning for.
Iggy’s work with The Stooges as well as his solo stuff has resulted in a few great albums over the years. But Iggy Pop is more than just the records he puts out. More than just a voice screaming at you through your speakers. He is a rock icon.
Those early Stooges albums helped give birth to punk rock, which then birthed other genres and so on and so on. All those different types of rock music we have today wouldn’t be possible without people like Pop, who aren’t afraid to step up and be something different.
His stage performances also bare significant importance. When you think Iggy Pop, the first image to come to your mind is that of a shirtless, skinny, long haired freak of a man. He’s one of those larger than life figures that will forever be associated with the genre. Like a Mick Jagger or a Jim Morrison or a David Bowie, the eccentric stage presences that embrace and embody all that is rock and roll. That whole sex, drugs, and rock and roll attitude, that’s Iggy in a nutshell. So maybe he’s not your favourite artist, maybe he doesn’t even come close. But whether you like his music or not, you cannot deny the massive influence the man has had on rock music.
On the other hand, Josh Homme is not just some artist who Iggy has chosen to team up with. It’s kind of amazing that this man sometimes flies under the radar in terms of importance and influence in the rock music world. He has performed and worked on music with a long (very long) list of bands and musicians that includes the Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Trent Reznor, to name a few.
Best known for his work in Queens of the Stone Age, Homme has recorded 6 studio albums with the band. He’s credited for playing multiple instruments and being a co-producer on each one. Hits like “No One Knows”, “Go With the Flow” and “Little Sister” are huge staples of the rock music scene of the early 21st century. QOTSA have constantly put out solid albums and 2014’s …Like Clockwork is no exception.
Homme’s bands have also helped push rock into different directions. His first band, Kyuss, has been cited as a prominent influence of the stoner rock genre. I remember hearing of a story in which the drummer for the Arctic Monkeys, Matt Helders (who also drums on Post Pop Depression), said his whole perspective on drumming changed after seeing QOTSA perform live. For Iggy to call up Homme and seek out a collaboration, it shows how much respect the former must have for the latter for his work in music.
If this really is Iggy Pop’s last album, then we’ll know he and Homme put all they could have into crafting it. With such a long and successful career, Iggy has been an artist who has never stopped working and has put his heart and soul into music. Homme is another workhorse in the music industry who has had his hands on many different projects over the years.
When you listen to the album, whether you enjoy the music or not, remember how awesome it is that Post Pop Depression even exists. Reflect on the greatness of Iggy Pop, think about the genius of Josh Homme, and try to remember it’s not everyday we get a super-collaboration from two rock greats.