Iggy Pop, a.k.a. Father Christmas
As revealed by the Guardian earlier today, Iggy Pop has signed on to host two blocks of holiday music for the BBC's 6 Music station. The first show — a look at "rockin' rebels" — will follow the Queen's annual Christmas day address, and the other will tackle "heartbreak and heartache" on New Year' Day.
"To come up with the tunes that fit the concept of each show," explained Pop, "I've had to dig back to things that I haven't heard in a long, long time, but that still carry memories of joy and compulsion. I thought I better check these old numbers to see if they still made the grade for me. They still do."
As for whether his playlists will resonate with the BBC's regular audience, Pop admitted, "I was a little worried that the listening might feel ragged for the kind of people who can't embrace Duane Eddy and, say, the Last Poets in the same hour with Doc Watson. Well, that's too damn bad."
Also confirmed for the BBC's holiday season are an interview with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, a two-hour "This Is Radio Clash" special hosted by Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, and a collaboration between Jarvis Cocker and Brian Eno that involves "essential a cappella tracks."
Listen to Pop covering "White Christmas" below... more »