Iggy Pop Criticizes U2's Free Album
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:20:44
From one legend to another…
The Stooges' Iggy Pop gave the fourth annual John Peel Lecture at the Radio Festival in England this week, during which he criticized U2 for giving away its latest album, a move that many indie acts were miffed about, believing that it encouraged the notion of free music, especially since the move was made by a band that could afford to give their album away.
Iggy addressed the backlash the band received, since many iTunes users were not stoked about having Songs of Innocence [iTunes link] automatically installed into their iTunes libraries without permission.
He said, "Part of the process when you buy something from an artist, it's a kind of anointing, you are giving people love. It's your choice to give or withhold. But in this particular case, without the convention, maybe some people felt like they were robbed of that chance."
That's an interesting point. The symbiosis was eliminated by U2, according to Pop. The agreement was one-sided.
Conversely, Iggy Pop offered his thumbs up and approval of Radiohead's Thom Yorke releasing his solo effort via BitTorrent [link]. He noted that Yorke's music was being sold at a lower price directly to people who care.
Bono himself commented about the backlash on the free album during a Facebook fan chat this week. A fan posted, "Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people's playlists ever again? It's really rude."
Bono replied, "Oops. I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea, might have gotten carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that thing. A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard. There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it."
So there you go. We can understand all sides of this issue, but how about people get mad at like animal cruelty and crusade against that, as opposed to a free piece of art delivered via iTunes, maybe?
What do you think of U2 and Thom Yorke's digital decisions, and Iggy Pop's perception of them?