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Iggy Pop on Post Pop Depression, Mutiny, and Moose Knuckles

Iggy Pop
Courtesy of Andreas Neumann

As he releases his 17th studio album, the punk-rock legend delivers his mantras.

As he releases his 17th studio album, Post Pop Depression, Iggy Pop talks menswear, mutiny, and moose knuckle.

On freedom:
"There are three to five things every person secretly wants to be doing, even when they're in the middle of something else. My style is based on what helps me do those things. I like to play an acoustic guitar in open G tuning, go to the beach, and have sex. Clothes are gonna get in the way. You gotta be naked for this stuff, or as near it as you can get."

On fit:
"When I was like 14, the guys in my first band, the Iguanas, were like, 'Oh my God, you can see your balls in your pants!' I just never thought about it. Nothing is too tight until there is a bit of you hanging over or under. You've got to be as tight as the pants."

On style:
"A man should have at least one pair of dark linen trousers; dark, comfortable formal slacks; one good waistcoat; one good jacket; and a lot of T-shirts. And then you need a pair of jeans that show your balls--and your ass crack if you've got the ass to handle that."

On swag:
"I lived out of a little suitcase or duffel bag most of my life, so I never had a lot of clothes. Now I've got quite a lot, because I get a lot of them free. Whenever I work for somebody, I try to nick some free clothes."

On punk today:
"Pussy Riot is wild. I read they consulted some psychologists: They said, 'If you wear balaclavas in bright primary colors they'll be non-threatening to the viewer and you'll get more eyeballs on you'. They researched it. I thought, Wow. Traditionally you'd put on a dark balaclava to commit a crime, but primary colors? Happy colors?!"

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