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'punk rock'


these lyrics are a recording of iggy pop talking on a chatshow.

i'll tell you about punk rock. punk rock is a word used by by dilettantes (audience laughs), and uh, and uh, heartless manipulators (audience laughs), about music (audience laughs)... that takes up the energies, and the bodies, and the hearts, and the souls, and the time, and the minds of young men who give what they have to it, and give everything they have to it.

and it's a, it's a term that's based on contempt. it's a term that's based on based on fashion, style, elitism, satanism and everything that's rotten about rock 'n' roll.

i don't know johnny rotten but, but, (audience laughs) i'm sure, i'm sure, he puts as much blood and sweat into what he does as sigmund freud did. you see, what, what sounds to you like a big load of trashy old noise, is infact the brilliant music of a genius, myself (audience claps). and that music is so powerful, that it's quite beyond my control and uh, when i'm in the grips of it i don't feel pleasure and i don't feel pain, i just feel no emotions. do you understand what i'm talking about? (audience claps)

have you ever, have you ever felt like that, when you just, when you just, you couldn't feel anything and you don't want to either, you know, like that. do you understand what i'm saying sir?

according to the official mogwai website, the source of this recording was a bootleg stooges video bought at a service station during a tour of the states in 1998. it had lots of great live footage and interviews, and this one was taken from a canadian talk show in the 60s/70s.