Punk rock pioneer Iggy Pop has slammed the state of modern music and urged people not to use drugs.
The 69-year-old icon was speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, where a new documentary about his band The Stooges premiered.
Gimme Danger is directed by legendary auteur Jim Jarmusch, whose friendship with Pop goes way back, with the singer turning up on screen in the director’s films Dead Man and Coffee and Cigarettes.
“The digital age has made collecting money so incredibly efficient,” Pop said. “When we started our band we didn’t know what publishing was. Now you can push a button and get rich quick.
“It might get to the point where it’s going to grip everybody by the shoulders and shake us and then throw us down and get rid of us,” he added.
The Stooges frontman went on to compare analogue technology to “throwing an amp into the spirit of man”, before adding: “It’s like: Woah, you know! Why don’t I just die now.”
The legendary hell-raiser said his drug of choice these days is a glass of wine.
“Everybody should just drop that (expletive),” he said at Cannes during a press conference.
“I don’t drug up anymore,” the Lust For Life singer continued. “I don’t do it. I have wine with dinner and that’s about it.”
He added that marijuana is “OK for most people”.
“I was on acid in more than several of the clips in the movie when I was young,” he added. “I would go from feeling very aggressive for five seconds and then break out laughing.”
Pop’s latest album, Post Pop Depression, was released in March.
Produced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the album was recorded in secrecy and features contributions from QOTSA’s Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders.
You can listen to a track from the album below.