Iggy Pop Shares Sly & The Family Stone Cover Featuring Bootsy Collins
Iggy Pop is celebrating his 73rd birthday with a gift for fans. The legendary musician issued a previously unreleased cover of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Family Affair” featuring Bootsy Collins on bass for streaming or as a free-of-charge download.
In 1985, Pop recorded his version of the song that scored a number-one hit for Sly & The Family Stone in 1971. “I’ve always loved this song, it came out when I was kinda on the ropes in 1971,” Iggy told BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne. “There’s a lot of truth in it, especially in the second verse, about all sorts of questions that are coming around again now.”
Iggy Pop tapped Bill Laswell to produce and mix his cover of “Family Affair,” which was recorded at Studio Los Angeles by Olivier Ferrand. “I loved the music and I love what Bootsy did with it. Bootsy’s a great star and there is so much life in his playing, and so much personality and truth in who he is,” Pop added. “It was a big thrill to work with him and Bill Laswell. It just sat there for a long time because it just wasn’t right vis-à-vis the noise and constant shifting and churning of the horrible pop scene (sorry), and also in light of the other things I was doing.”
Stream “Family Affair” below and download via IggyPop.com: