Tuesday, December 1, 2009
[pitchfork.com] Ah, Skype. This Thanksgiving, families across America used the video chat service to ineptly attempt to converse with far-flung relatives. (At this particular writer's house, there was a whole lot of "Can you hear me now? Wave if you can hear me! HELLO?" going on.) But when punk legend Iggy Pop jumps on Skype, he has an entirely different use in mind.
Recently, Iggy lined up nine laptops in a Miami studio so that he could collaborate with eight different amateur New Zealand contest-winner musicians on a version of his 1977 classic "The Passenger".
As New Zealand's 3 News reports (via TwentyFourBit), Pop recorded the new version of the track for the Kiwi broadband company Orcon. Participants included a physicist guitarist, a guy in his underwear, and a girl who tootled madly on a flute. The end result, which you can watch below, is something of a clusterfuck, as anybody probably could've predicted. But "The Passenger" is still a monster song; there's a reason why we included it as the second track in The Pitchfork 500. Even this ungainly mob can't quite avoid the goosebump factor.
The video below might not be too great an advertisement for Orcon; it looks like a lot of these musicians have some pretty slow, choppy connections. Still, it's somewhat comforting to know that, once again, Iggy still takes his shirt off and does weird little glam shimmies even when he's engaging in dubious promotional activities.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 4:11 AM