I don’t do Peanuts is Timeless anymore, ’cause honestly, I think I’ve proven the point. Also, the process of hunting down, compiling, and commenting on those links is time-consuming. However, when a particularly superb reference to a character or trope related to the greatest work of American art in the 20th century blips on the radar, I can’t pass it up. Ladies and gentlemen, Iggy Pop.
What was your first reaction to the news that the Stooges will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010?
Well, very surprised. I didn’t think I’d ever see the inside of that neighborhood actually. Probably because the group had a very long outsider history, going back way back before there was ever a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It took us a lot longer to get some sort of general acceptance than probably most people.
You’ve been eligible for about 15 years or so.
We’ve been rejected seven times and we would have set a record I think if it happened again. We would have been the record holders I think. The first few times I’d always hear we got nominated about a month after it happened. Then the lag time started decreasing until it’d be the day after, all these people calling me to say “congratulations.” It sort of became one of those things like Charlie Brown and the football. And it’s always Lucy’s idea. I’d run for the damn thing. But somebody every year was nominating us and then it was like, “OK, Stooges, come on, just run and kick the ball.” Whoops.
Inducted alongside the Stooges: the Hollies, Genesis, Abba and Jimmy Cliff. A pretty mediocre group, Detroit’s near-finest aside. I don’t care about Cliff ’cause I don’t care about reggae; Abba had some of the greatest pop singles ever, but made full albums as well as I make wedding cakes; the Hollies and Genesis, I look at them the same way–some good songs, but mainly forgettable when not downright terrible. Donna Summer was passed over this year for induction, and “Hot Stuff” on its own destroys anything those last two bands ever put out. Come on, she got a motherfucker who hated disco to do a guitar solo on her disco song.