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Jack White X Iggy Pop

Ep. 142

Now we wanna, be your POD! Now we wanna, be your POD! Well c'mon! This week we're turning our attention to a friendship made in Detroit rock heaven: Jack White and Iggy Pop! When the legendary Stooges debuted in Michigan in 1967, audiences weren't quite prepared for the level of extremes this hard-edged rock'n'roll band were ready to go to. Frontman Iggy Pop shocked captivated concert-goers with antics that would wind up laying the groundwork for the punk rock movement nearly ten years later, as well as grab the attention of countless rock'n'roll royalty - in particular one Mr. David Bowie. Though The Stooges would break up in 1974 (before reforming decades later), Iggy would continue on with over a dozen solo albums to his name - some of which (along with the treasured Stooges albums) made their way to a young Jack White as he embarked on his own Michigan rock sojourn. Jack and Iggy linked up during the heights of The White Stripes fame and over the course of the last 20 years have shared some interesting and award-winning moments that we're out to detail on the show today. PLUS - in the spirit of famous friendships, The Third Men podcast and the wonderful new movie review podcast Let Me Introduce You have linked up to bring you an overview of another famous Jack White friendship: John C. Reilly. This past February we sat down with Katie, Graham and Ashley to discuss Reilly's 2007 mock-umentary film Walk Hard in which Jack was cast as Elvis Presley for a hilarious scene involving karate chops and country gibberish. We'll discuss the movie, Reilly's various collaborations with Jack over the years, and more in this extended segment. Of course, of all the famous friendships we're covering today - the greatest is that of us and our listeners (cue the studio audience "aww") so take a seat friend, and enjoy the show!

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