Louis Overstreet gives way to Iggy Pop

I was just turned on to Reverend Louis Overstreet by Brian Turner at WFMU. According to Turner, Overstreet “made people go flippin punk rock crazy way before Iggy or 77.” And here’s video of Overstreet performing “Working On The Building Praise” to prove it. It’s some of the most beautiful stuff I’ve ever heard.

Oh, and speaking of Iggy Pop, I just heard from my friend Leighton that he was on NPR the other day, and that the following was said about him, “He grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan, as James Osterberg Jr., voted most likely to succeed in junior high. Hearing Sinatra, Iggy Pop says he thought, ‘Gee, I’d like to do that.'”

OK, here’s one last link. When you’re done listening to Overstreet, jump on over to MySpace, and listen to Iggy’s first band, The Iguanas. I highly recommend the song entitled “Again and Again.”

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  1. Posted January 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    AWESOME!!! I love his mic set up!!!

  2. Edward
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Sure, Jake, rip off the black man.

    You rock and roll guys are all the same.

  3. Stephen R
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    So we have Sinatra to think for Iggy Pop? I’d always heard that it was Jim Morrison that he was inspired by. Maybe that was later in life, though.

  4. Posted January 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    If he didn’t want me to rip him off, he wouldn’t be trapped helplessly in a youtube video, tempting me with his bygone awesomeness.

  5. Posted January 27, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Yes, your banjo bulbs pale in comparison.

  6. Terry L Trumbol
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Religion can be beautiful.

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