Iggy Pop has his day today when 10 artists, including Joey Ramone, Joan Jett, the Misfits, and the Bush Tetras honor him and his music with a special appearance at Tower Records in New York's Greenwich Village, followed by a live show.
They are among the artists who contributed to We Will Fall: The Iggy Pop Tribute, who will be appearing at an in-store signing at New York's 4th & Broadway Tower Records tonight (Sept. 16) to celebrate the first day of the album's release.
The 20-track CD, which features artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Lunachicks, Superdrag, Sugar Ray and the D-Generation covering songs by Pop and his legendary band, the Stooges, is a benefit for the LIFEbeat (The Music Industry Fights AIDS) organization.
Also set to appear at Tower Records to sign copies of the album are: D-Generation, Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith), Monster Magnet, Nada Surf, Lunachicks and Blanks 77. Those bands will sign albums between 6-8 p.m., followed by a live show featuring Ramone, Bush Tetras, Nada Surf and Nine Lives at Coney Island High at 9:30. The first 150 fans at Tower will get free tickets to the show.
"I was honored when I found out we'd have the lead-off track," said Ramone about his bruising cover of "1969," which features the Misfits as a backing band. Ramone said that when he and long-time Ramones producer Daniel Rey entered the studio to record the track with the Misfits' Dr. Chud and Jerry Only, Rey was suffering with a 103 degree fever.
"He was naturally tripping with the fever," said Ramone, frontman for seminal punk band the Ramones. "And he's a guitar collector and he had all the original vox wah-wah and fuzzbox gear out and we all jammed and it sounded great. Then, when Daniel was over the illness, he was trying to go back and change the guitar part. I was like, 'What are you doin'! Don't touch it.' He was definitely in the zone when he did it and it was kind of cool. He really captured the feel."
Ramone said he agreed to be so involved in the project for two reasons: "First of all, the Stooges were a major influence on me and getting an opportunity to cover one of their songs is great," he said. "Second, it's for a good cause, so it's the best of both worlds."
Ramone said he and Rey practiced with Nada Surf earlier this month, and since the band were self-professed big fans, he let them choose the songs that will be performed at the show. "People always want to do Ramones songs and I like it when they pick something out of left field."
What did Nada Surf pick? "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)," "Judy Is A Punk," "I Wanna Be Sedated" and another mystery tune Ramone wouldn't name. -- Gil Kaufman [Tues., Sept. 16, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]