Iggy Pop's 2006 tour rider for The Stooges set a new standard for being both entertaining and informative. Much like The Foo Fighters (who were no doubt inspired by Iggy here), Pop's rider is full of jokes and silliness. Describing the desired equipment, he requests one Korg digital rack tuner and explains "Digital in the sense that it works via an electronically generated number system, not digital because it only works if someone holds it together with their fingers." Furthermore, while describing the amplifiers, he wants them to have been tested recently, and that means more recently than "Sometime in the three weeks preceding the occasion when it fell 5 metres off the top shelf in the warehouse" after "that Insane Clown Pussy gig where they had the Piss On The Live Marshall Amplifier Competition." Reasonable enough! The drum requests get in on the fun too, with, for example, 2 heavy duty straight cymbal stands, but the rider notes the band are "equal opportunity employers, so gay stands may apply also." There are pages of these notes, along with tons of details about everything from the sound mix to light placement.
Pop wants his dressing room to look "less like a typical rock & roll dressing room and more sort of... Interesting?," and surely one way to achieve that is with a "Somebody dressed as Bob Hope doing fantastic Bob Hope impersonations and telling all those hilarious Bob Hope jokes about golf and Hollywood and Bing Crosby." As for booze, he'd like Grolsch beer and 2 bottles of red wine, preferably "something we've heard of but still can't pronounce." If that's not specific enough, he goes on to say "Look, there's fucking loads of good red wines. Ask the man in the wine shop."
Of course, that's just for Iggy, as Iggy gets his own room, natch. The Stooges' have their own requests, including crackers and dips, such as "Hummus and taramasalata. Today the world, tamarasalata." Perhaps the best moment in the entire 18 pages comes at the end of the beverage list, where, after quite a long list of alcohol requests, we get "Cauliflower/broccoli, cut into individual florets and thrown immediately into the garbage. I fucking hate that." Honestly, the whole rider is a hoot and worth reading for any Iggy Pop fan. There's even a page at the end that details a reality tv show idea he has called "Dead Dog Island," which wouldn't be done justice summarized here.
It's worth noting, too, that this is just the 2006 rider, and the 2012 rider for Iggy and the Stooges is just as ridiculous. The man has a sense of humor.
See the full rider here.