City Slang: The Stooges unveil Burn



Iggy & the Stooges, with James Williamson alongside Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton and Mike Watt, have unveiled the first single from the band from forthcoming album Ready to Die.

The single, “Burn”, can be heard here.

First impressions from this end is that this is a much cleaner tune than those that appeared on The Weirdness, which is to be expected with Williamson producing. The song is anthemic but still sleazy, and will certainly please fans of Raw Power.

A statement reads, “The follow-up to the first record ever to bear the Iggy and the Stooges logo–the immortal 1973 proto-punk masterpiece Raw Power--Ready To Die finds Iggy Pop, guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott “Rock Action” Asheton reunited for a full album of all-new material for the first time in 40 years, with Mike Watt filling in for the late Ron Asheton on bass. “Burn” opens the record in suitable fashion, doing the legacy of its predecessor proud with guitar pyrotechnics recalling those halcyon opening salvos of “Search & Destroy,” a sublime vocal paean to the goddess of beauty, and a relentless rhythmic thud that anchors and propels the proceedings.”

“Iggy and the Stooges have unveiled the initial coordinates of the Ready To Die live assault: On March 13 in Austin, Texas, Iggy and the Stooges will burn a swath through the annual SXSW Festival, with a one-off show at House of Vans at the Mohawk presented by Fat Possum. The Austin show will be the public's first chance to hear any of Ready To Die played live--and U.S. fans' last chance to see Iggy and the Stooges before they return to American stages this summer following a slew of overseas dates.”

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