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20 Great Iggy Pop Collaborations

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Iggy Pop has had no shortage of collaborations in a nearly 50-year career.

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Iggy Pop's gift for improvising lyrics as muscular and sinewy as his body has made him a natural collaborator over his nearly 50-year career. Though David Bowie may have been his best-known musical partner, Iggy has sung with a ridiculously diverse crew of musicians: the earliest punks and new-wavers of the Seventies, minimalist classical composers, electronic polyglots and pop stars whose careers couldn't have existed without his influence – many whom weren't even born when the Stooges were formed. In anticipation of his upcoming Post Pop Depression album with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, here are 20 of his most fascinating team-ups.

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Iggy Pop & Bethany Cosentino “Let’s Boot and Rally” (2012)

"Iggy's people had reached out to me saying he was a True Blood fan and if any opportunities come up, to please keep Iggy in mind," the show's music supervisor, Gary Calamar, said. So when Calamar and songwriter James Combs composed a track to play over the credits of an episode from the frisky vampire saga's fifth season, they made the call. Best Coast singer/songwriter Bethany Cosentino joins in on the second verse.

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New Order, “Stray Dog” (2015)

In 2014, Iggy Pop sang Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" along with New Order's Bernard Sumner at a Carnegie Hall benefit concert. "I can imagine Ian [Curtis] smiling when we did it. It would have meant a lot to him," Sumner told Rolling Stone afterward, recalling how he and the Joy Division singer had initially bonded over The Idiot. After their live duet, Sumner began jotting some lyrics down between gigs, and when they added up to a song, he emailed Iggy to ask if he wanted to sing it. After Iggy agreed, drummer Stephen Morris, remembering the thick vinyl of his copy of The Stooges, embarrassed himself in front of the legend. He recalls himself saying, "That first Stooges record, man. That was a really heavy record. Oh, God. I meant it weighed a lot. Not that it was … Oh, fuck. I've really made a mess of this, haven't I?"

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“Post Pop Depression” (feat. Josh Homme) (2016)

Josh Homme got a text message last year. "It basically said, 'Hey, it would be great if we got together and maybe write something sometime – Iggy,'" he recalls. With no label support, the Queens of the Stone Age main man began recording Iggy Pop's first rock solo rock record in 13 years, along with QOTSA's Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Pop has been suggesting the album may be his last, and he and Homme have been discussing the sessions with the wearied sense of unshakable mutual appreciation you usually hear from war buddies. Pop said Homme "took me to a place I'd never been," and Homme concurred: "This was to go where neither of us had gone before. That was the agreement. And to go all the way."

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