Raw Power KEXP: Q&A with Duff McKagan

photo by Dagmar Sieglinde Patterson

On Sunday, August 23, KEXP proudly presents Raw Power KEXP, an all-star tribute to proto-punks Iggy and the Stooges. This week we’re asking the members of the Raw Power band – Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, Mark Arm, and Barrett Martin – why they love The Stooges.

Today, we talk to bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, 10 Minute Warning), who covered “Raw Power” with GN’R on its 1993 album, The Spaghetti Incident.

How did you discover the music of The Stooges?

In 1979, Kim Warnick of The Fastbacks turned me onto The Stooges. A few nights later, I had a dream I was Iggy, and I was playing a show in a church basement… rolling around in broken glass and totally immersed in the moment of noise and chaos. I still reference that dream before gigs to this day.

What’s your favorite record by Iggy Pop or The Stooges?

Any/all of them.

Do you have a favorite Stooges song?

I don’t have a “favorite” per se. “Dirt” works for me on some days, “Gimme Some Skin” on others. Iggy and the Stooges becomes a soundtrack to ones’ life, if you’re lucky enough to have had them as an early influence and benchmark.

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