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Iggy Pop Compares Modern Music to ‘Cheap Drinks’

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Iggy Pop has never been much of a shy wallflower, and as an ambassador for Record Store Day 2012, he didn’t hold back when talking about today’s music — and the people who perform it.

In a self-posted video, the Stooges frontman — who’s been making music for some 50 years — had a lot to say when it came to what the bands of 2012 are up to, musing that what they’re producing is more akin to “products that contain music – sort of like those cheap drinks you get in a bad supermarket where it says, ‘Contains 10 percent juice.’”

But if you think he yearns for music from an era when television programs were still in black and white, think again:

“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 50′s and see all the endless, gutless, di-kless imitations of Elvis that the American industry decided to push on the kids.”

While he made the remarks back in January, it’s probably a safe bet his views on the matter haven’t softened any.

That said, he does remember the by-gone era of a record store on every corner quite fondly. The 64-year-old perennially-shirtless punk icon recalls working in such a store himself, saying he got his “name, musical education and personality” from those early days he spent behind the counter.

“Small indie shops have always been a mix of theatre and laboratory,” he said. “In the 50′s and 60′s the teen kids used to gather after school at these places to listen free to the latest singles and see if they liked the beat.”

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