Skull Ring

Skull Ring

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by Iggy Pop
     
 

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There's really no reason -- save some Picture of Dorian Gray-styled deal with the dark forces -- why Iggy Pop should be able to crank himself up as high as he does while knocking on the door of Social Security. Nevertheless, Skull Ring delivers 16 tracks of vintage, fully adrenalized Iggy -- with the added bonus of a full-blown

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There's really no reason -- save some Picture of Dorian Gray-styled deal with the dark forces -- why Iggy Pop should be able to crank himself up as high as he does while knocking on the door of Social Security. Nevertheless, Skull Ring delivers 16 tracks of vintage, fully adrenalized Iggy -- with the added bonus of a full-blown Stooges reunion on a handful of its tracks. Those tunes, unsurprisingly, are the disc's best, fueled by Ron Asheton's impeccably gnarled gutter-rat guitar phrasing and Scott Asheton's brass-knuckled drumming. Hunkering down with his old bandmates apparently had quite an impact on the Ig himself, judging by the amount of sneer and snot he pours into "Dead Rock Star" and "Little Electric Chair." He meets and greets with a fair number of his acolytes on the disc as well, communing with Green Day on the pedal-to-the-metal "Private Hell" and jousting merrily with the slightly less heavy-leaning Sum 41 fellas on the springy "Little Know It All." For good measure, Iggy enlists next-generation envelope-pusher Peaches for a pair of tracks, notably the irresistibly profane "Rock Show." Proof positive that playing golf in Florida doesn't necessarily lead to long-term mellowing.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
One of the key rules of rock & roll is there are some artists you can never count out -- no matter how many lame records they may make, no matter how misguided their career direction might seem, they always hold the promise that they'll jump back in the loop and deliver the goods again. Iggy Pop delivered a solid one-two punch (for the first time in a while) with Brick by Brick and American Caesar in 1990 and 1993, but after ten years and three major duds in a row (the uninspired Naughty Little Doggie and the strikingly faulty Avenue B and Beat 'Em Up), you just had to wonder if maybe the World's Forgotten Boy had finally lost the magic touch for good. Of course, Iggy's career had always offered plenty of opportunities for such thinking, and just as he had in the past, Iggy came back to shut down the disbelievers with a solid slice of prime rock & roll called Skull Ring. The big news is that, on four cuts, Skull Ring marks Pop's first studio collaboration with the Stooges since Raw Power in 1973, and thankfully Ron Asheton's gloriously primal guitar riffs sound as brilliant as ever, and mix with Iggy's bestial wail like gin and tonic; if "Little Electric Chair" and "Skull Ring" don't quite pick up where Fun House left off, they make it clear the monster that is the Stooges can still shake the Earth when they have a notion. If the rest of Skull Ring doesn't quite reach the same level of solar plexus impact as the Stooges cuts, Iggy flies high enough on the rock juice that this set blasts like an M-80 from start to finish; Iggy's road band, the Trolls, redeem themselves after their cringe-worthy debut on Beat 'Em Up, electro-punk diva Peaches proves she's just libidinous enough to keep up with Iggy (and they goad one another into truly glorious rudeness), Green Day back the godfather of punk with spunk, enthusiasm, and lots of energy, and even Sum 41 give as good as they get (which is a lot more than you might expect from them). Skull Ring doesn't always capture Iggy at his best as a lyricist, but here what he says isn't half as important as how he says it, and he hasn't sounded this right -- and had music this potent backing him up -- in a decade, and the result is a big, sweaty, high-octane rock & roll session from a guy who practically defined the form. Like I said, you can't ever count Iggy out, and Skull Ring demonstrates why.
Rolling Stone - Greg Kot
After thirty years apart, [the Stooges] still sound like the blue-collar skull-crashers they once were.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
Label:
Emi Mod Afw
UPC:
0724358077421
catalogNumber:
80774
Rank:
42379

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Iggy Pop   Primary Artist,Vocals
Peter Marshall   Bass,Group Member
Ron Asheton   Bass,Guitar,Group Member
Scott Asheton   Drums,Group Member
Tre Cool   Drums,Group Member
Stooges   Group
Mike Dirnt   Bass,Group Member
Billie Joe Armstrong   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Alex Kirst   Drums,Group Member
Whitey Kirst   Guitar,Group Member
Sum 41   Group
Taylor Savvy   Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member
Deryck Whibley   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Dave Baksh   Guitar,Group Member
Cone McCaslin   Bass,Group Member
Steve Jocz   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Iggy Pop   Composer
Peter Marshall   Composer
Ron Asheton   Composer
Scott Asheton   Composer
Chris Carroll   Engineer
Jos Grain   Roadie
John Ewing   Engineer
Greig Nori   Composer,Producer
Mudita Ostrin Nisker   Composer
Billie Joe Armstrong   Composer
Michael "Elvis" Baskette   Engineer
Alex Kirst   Composer
Whitey Kirst   Composer
Sean Smith   Art Direction
Deryck Whibley   Composer
Chris Dugan   Engineer
Henry McGroggan   Tour Manager
Merrill Nisker   Composer

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Skull Ring 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
my absolute favorite cd! little know it all & electric chair are awsome & iggy is better than ever! skull ring is the coolist album out of all the rest. a definite buyer. sum 41 & green day make a great combo in his album. buy if your parent(s) let you listen to PA or buy it if your older.