There’s a new film called Gimme Danger that just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival that looks back on the legacy of Iggy Pop & the Stooges by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. It will premiere in NYC on October 28th and LA on November 4th.
Here’s a teaser, featuring Iggy Pop’s peanut butter incident in Cincinnati at a show in June of 1970 – he climbed on top of the audience smearing peanut butter all over his chest during the song Fun Houserager.
In voiceover, Pop says the Stooges were all about the drama onstage. “The group was always very aware of the theatrics of the moment and they never moved ever,” he explains. “In 40 minutes, the drummer would never look up and the other two might move a foot or two.”
“The way he works a gig, it reminds you that life big time is in the moment,” Mike Watt, who played bass on recent Stooges tours, says. “The moment is really intense about what’s going down. Because, you know, I feel like a short-order cook: I’ve got to get everybody’s order. You want fries? You want a shake? In his mind he says he’s going to the crowd.”
In addition to Pop and Watt, Gimme Danger features Stooges members Ron and Scott Asheton, guitarist James Williamson, saxophonist Steve Mackay, the Ashetons’ sister Kathy and manager Danny Fields.
Jarmusch discussed the doc with Rolling Stone in 2010. “It’s something that Iggy asked me to do about a year ago, because he knew I was a huge fan of the Stooges,” he said. “It’s not an overview of Iggy Pop or his life or his career, but of course the Stooges are so important in the history of music, and certainly Iggy’s the engine of it.”