Iggy Pop – Après (10th-anniversary edition) (2022)
Continuing his recent love affair with all things Gallic, rock icon Iggy Pop follows up 2009’s Michel Houellebecq-inspired Preliminaires with a collection of largely French-language cover versions, Après. Its ten tracks feature renditions of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose,” Serge Gainsbourg’s “La Javanaise,” and Joe Dassin’s “Et Si Tu N’Existais Pas” as well as interpretations of English pop classics from the Beatles (“Michelle”), Cole Porter (“What Is This Thing Called Love?”), and Frank Sinatra (“Only the Lonely”).\
For this 10th anniversary reissue, Iggy Pop covered “La Belle Vie”. The song was composed by Raymond Le Senechal and Sacha Distel, and co-written by JeanBroussolle and Jack Reardon in 1962. It became a jazz standard in 1963 when Tony Bennett recorded it under the title “The Good Life”.
Pop said of ‘Apres’ when it was first released: “All popular music forms of today get their strength from the beat. Rap, hip-hop, metal, pop and rock producers will tell you that the beats they use imitate the human heartbeat and that is where the power lies. I’ve always loved this other feeling, one that is intimate, sometimes a little sad and does not try to beat me on the head.”
He continued: “I wanted to sing some of these songs myself, hoping to bring the feeling I felt as a listener, to my listeners through my voice. Many of these songs are in French, probably because it is French culture which has most stubbornly resisted the mortal attacks of the Anglo-American music machine.”