A sequel to “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” right? Not really. “King Of The Dogs” comes from Iggy Pop’s forthcoming solo New Orleans jazz-influenced album Préliminaires, which was also inspired by the French writer Michel Houellebecq’s The Possibility Of An Island. That’s well and good because when Houellebecq’s good — see The Elementary Particles — he’s fascinating. The single’s out digitally now, backed with “Nice To Be Dead” and “Je Sais Que Tu Sais. (That’s the single’s cover art to the right.) If you’ve always wondered what Iggy would sound like by way of Preservation Hall, your strange little wish is granted:

The “King Of The Dogs” single is out now and Préliminaires is out 6/2, both via Astralwerks. Investigate further at the Préliminaires blog.

Comments (14)
  1. john  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009 0

    doesn’t tom waits already exist?

    • God forbid Iggy try to make something other than a guitar rock album. Just think of the horrible records that would surely develop!

      Oh wait… The Idiot and Lust for Life?

  2. Plastic Pizza Party  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009 0

    Leon Redbone ?

  3. i support this and am of the opinion that it is quite good.

  4. MF McNutt  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009 0

    Is he going to still insist on taking his shirt off for this? I’ve seen enough sinuous old man amphetamine ripped flesh to last a life time.

  5. ian  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009 0

    this is dope

  6. Still into dogs.

  7. Boas  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    Is this for the Broadway musical adaptation of All Dogs Go To Heaven?

  8. Lamont Cranston  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    I wonder how people reacted when they heard he’d be working with Bowie

  9. poor iggy has such a slew of shitty solo records minus obviously the idiot, lust for life and brick by brick …. i hope this one is good, bc i mean his last album he worked with Good Charlotte or something

  10. As I said in my own track-by-track review last month, I think Préliminaires is the coolest album of the year so far. And it’s not nearly as jazz as the press release claims. It’s definitely not The Stooges, but there are some obvious rock and electronic elements in it. Some of the songs reminded me of The Gothic Archies, Bauhaus, and White Lies.

  11. steve  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    As influential as Iggy was, the big open secret about his career is that the vast majority of his solo output is fucking horrible. I used to own six or seven of his records, until I realized that I couldn’t get through any of them except “The Idiot” and “Lust for Life”. And I still can’t believe that a reunited Stooges recorded by Steve Albini could possibly have sucked as hard as it did.

  12. Argus  |   Posted on May 8th, 2009 0

    This definitely sounds waaay too much like Tom Waits. Somehow its okay if the same pop-lines are reused, but when you try and sound like Tom Waits, you fail. Its akin to trying to sound like Neil Young or Leonard Cohen.

  13. Billo  |   Posted on May 20th, 2009 0

    Does Tom Waits own the exclusive rights to 30s New Orleans Jazz?
    oh wait…with all the access to anything online nobody does research anymore other than things they already know…Well that track King of dogs is the only song like that on the record..Iggys not T.Waits “im a wailing drunk Irish poet [super motivated international music movie star] guy…..but, hes done his part for music …Hal Cragin produced this and I love what he did with the crystal antlers…

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