The reason Iggy Pop hated Led Zeppelin

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In the tumultuous chaos of Iggy Pop and The Stooges’ live album “Metallic K.O.,” there lies an extraordinary moment where the shattering of a beer bottle collides with the already fuzzed-out guitar as if a wild symphony of rebellion is unleashed upon the audience.

Conversely, in the realm of latter-day Led Zeppelin albums, where the essence of rock ‘n’ roll reaches its grandest orchestral heights, one might struggle to discern even the most ferocious hurricane ripping the studio roof asunder.

These divergent paths in music represent two distinct artistic approaches, neither inherently right nor wrong. Opinions may diverge passionately, with some finding Led Zeppelin’s allure as “joyously pompous” and others deeming it “horrifically pompous.”

Undoubtedly, Iggy Pop belonged to the latter camp, his soul attuned to a different frequency than that of Led Zeppelin.

They resided on opposite corners of the musical landscape, their creative philosophies as distant as two celestial bodies in the cosmos.

Lou Reed, a connoisseur of Pop’s raucous anthems and gritty melodies, may have glimpsed a reflection of Led Zeppelin’s music in his admiration for The Stooges’ seminal album “Raw Power.”

He lauded its candid resonance, a raw and honest display of youthful aspiration, a fierce attempt to dismantle the stilted, sterile molds of conventional rock.

In the undertones of his praise, one might discern a veiled critique of what contemporary culture now calls “Classic Rock,” with Led Zeppelin embodying the epitome of that era.

A spirited interview in 1995 found Iggy Pop unabashedly voicing his disapproval of Led Zeppelin and the prevailing music scene.

He derided the resurgence of 60s and 70s tunes, singling out Led Zeppelin as an enduring target of his disdain. To him, the band symbolized everything he could never abide.

He lamented the facade of “HIP” fashion and “political” postures donned by bands, manipulating social belonging through the sale of superficial products, leaving little room for genuine artistic expression.

The clash of artistic sensibilities comes as no surprise; Iggy Pop’s heart has always belonged to the raw and unadorned.

For him, bands like The Stooges embodied a visceral connection, like hurling an amp straight into the depths of the human spirit.

The cacophonic symphony and ethereal inspirations that adorned Led Zeppelin’s works failed to resonate with his soul, and thus, he found himself distant from their allure.

In a world of musical amalgamations, Iggy Pop often sought solace in the purity of simplicity. The complexity of Led Zeppelin’s music was a departure from his affinity for unfiltered expression.

Thus, like a wanderer in search of sonic truth, he veered away from the flamboyant allure of Led Zeppelin’s enchantment, seeking a direct, unapologetic connection with the essence of sound.

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