Iggy Pop Shares Sly & The Family Stone Cover Featuring Bootsy Collins

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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.”

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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:

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