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Iggy Pop Doubts the Clash’s Sincerity, Vows No More Stage Dives

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Iggy Pop is credited as one of the original punk rockers, but the singer says he’s not exactly a fan of all the bands that were the next generation in that genre.

Pop says he had a bit of an issue with their intentions. He tells the New York Times, “I reacted to it better than I had to the hippie thing. As [punk] developed, I couldn’t stand the sincere punks. I never believed them. Still don’t.”

The vocalist cites the Clash as one of the “sincere punks” he’s talking about. “The Clash were going to make the world politically correct for everybody’s benefit – but only if you kept buying Clash records,” says Pop. “I never really went for the righteousness. I went for the more profligate, sneering groups.”

The singer says he also realized fairly quickly that he needed to move on from his early work. The vocalist says, “I also realized that it was good that I wasn’t doing that sort of music anymore. In penile, post-pubescent rock, the generation is five years, it’s not 25. It would have been worse if I was still knocking out stuff that sounded like my first record but not as good.”

Pop says that he’s also had to make some adjustments with age, and has stopped stage diving, which used to be a trademark of his shows. He says that he got inspired at a 2010 benefit show in Carnegie Hall and injured himself jumping into the crowd. The vocalist says, “Nobody caught me because it was the Carnegie Hall-Tibetan-whatever audience. I was a little miffed. We’ve done two gig this year, and I haven’t done one yet. Stages are getting higher and higher, and I’m getting older and older.”

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