A punk icon of 50 years, vocalist and songwriter Iggy Pop has nothing left to prove, yet he’s continuously breathing new life into his long, auspicious discography. Eons away from the self-reflective, spoken-word, jazz-rock of his last solo studio album, Free, in 2019, new single “Frenzy” is a thrashing good time that’s in a hurry to be somewhere. Pop’s vocals are quick and polished as he glides atop energetic arrangements provided by the all-star backing band of Guns n’ Roses’ Duff McKagen, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and GRAMMY-winning producer and guitarist Andrew Watt.
“Frenzy” marks Pop’s inaugural team-up with Watt, a collaboration born from a partnership between Atlantic Records and Watt’s newly founded label Gold Tooth Records. Whether or not Pop’s work with Watt on “Frenzy,” a blistering, unabashed three minutes of skittering rock and roll, is a sign of more to come from the Godfather of Punk remains to be seen. Nevertheless, it’s always a joy to hear Pop back in peak form.
Listen to “Frenzy” below.