Iggy Pop’s 2019 album Free saw the punk pioneer take on poetry in the form of Dylan Thomas’s villanelle ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’ and now we have a brand new video to go along with the previously shared rendition.
The iconic poem, which was first published in 1952, is a touching lament written by the Welsh poet about seeing his father grow old and all the flooding feelings of immersive mortality that such a view entails.
Iggy Pop lends the stanzas a poignancy of his own, the kind of gnarled gravel tone that only comes from a life led in the limelight, as he reads over an ambient, jazzy, horn soundscape with touching sincerity. It’s the kind of performance that can shake your very soul.
He is far from the first person to tackle the poem in the spoken word form, there are a plethora of versions on YouTube and it recently notably featured on the Christopher Nolan film Interstellar.
The video was filmed by Simon Taylor and features an intense close-up shot, with saturated colouration, of Iggy who reads his Free version of the poem in standard form.
This is Iggy Pop’s most recent work following last year’s collaboration with Elvis Costello on ‘No Flag (en Français)’ along with his COVID-19 tune ‘Dirty Little Virus’.
You can check out Iggy’s performance below.