Iggy Pop lists 12 must-have CDs -- The former Stooges frontman loves albums by Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and more

By EW Staff
Updated June 13, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT
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1 BOB DYLAN Bringing It All Back Home 1965 (Columbia) ”I spent the summer of my 18th year studying this and a Stones album. Great cover, amazing songwriting. The inspiring lack of vocal skills gave me hope.”

2 THE ROLLING STONES 12 X 5 1964 (Abkco) ”It’s got a picture of them looking really unhealthy on the front. I found out later it was taken by David Bailey, this really sophisticated photographer/image-maker.”

3 DAVID BOWIE Station to Station 1976 (Virgin) ”It’s a very exciting record. It’s short. All my favorite records are really effing short.”

4 FRANK SINATRA In the Wee Small Hours 1955 (Capitol) ”This is a nice one. There’s such a cult around him, the buffs [hardcore fans] have a name for this period — his pathos period or something — where he sings songs of loss in an intimate setting. He excels at it.”

5 VARIOUS ARTISTS The Indian Runner 1991 (Capitol) ”This is the soundtrack to a movie Sean Penn directed. Half of it is a real elegant folk-blues score by Jack Nitzsche. The other half are songs by Sean’s favorite hippie bands like Traffic, Creedence, and Jefferson Airplane.”

6 MARTY ROBBINS Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs 1959 (Legacy) ”His big hit was ‘El Paso.’ Stuff like this or Hank Williams is as close as I get to country.”

7 JAMES BROWN Star Time 1991 (Polydor boxed set) ”I listen to this a lot. Tight is a very inadequate word for his band.”

8 THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE Are You Experienced? 1967 (Experience/MCA) ”When it came out, nothing else had ever sounded like this. Super special.”

9 THE BEATLES Rubber Soul 1965 (Capitol) ”This is just after they’d written their cute hits and a little more sadness was creeping in. But they hadn’t yet gone into the this-song-is-gonna-be-12-minutes-long-and-I’m-depressed-so-put-up-with-it phase.”

10 JOHN COLTRANE The Heavyweight Champion 1995 (Rhino boxed set) ”You can put it on in a car, before dinner, if you’re lonesome — he always flows real nice. Probably more than any other single artist, I listen to him.”

11 LOUIS ARMSTRONG The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings, Vol. 1 2003 (Legacy) ”Eerie, scary, and sometimes ironic. Really cool playing.”

12 R.L. BURNSIDE Too Bad Jim 1997 (Fat Possum) ”Like a good sharp poke with a short, sharp stick. I just got the Killers album. I don’t wanna listen to the Killers. I wanna listen to this!”

The two-CD collection A Million in Prizes: The Iggy Pop Anthology (Virgin/EMI) hits stores July 19.

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