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Iggy Pop throws peanut butter at the crowdvia Rolling Stone

Watch the first clip from Jim Jarmusch’s new Stooges doc

Gimme Danger celebrates the life and legacy of the proto-punk group

The first footage from Jim Jarmusch’s new Iggy Pop and the Stooges film has finally surfaced. Titled Gimme Danger, the feature-length documentary celebrates the life and legacy of the controversial group, with the director affectionately christening them “the greatest rock and roll band ever”.  

The doc premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, and the first viewable snippet appeared on Rolling Stone yesterday. Looking back on group’s infamous Cincinnati Pop Fest performance in June 1970, it shows Pop smearing peanut butter over his chest and climbing into the crowd. 

“The way (Iggy) works a gig, it reminds you that life big time is in the moment,” explains bass player Mike Watt in a voiceover. “The moment is really intense about what's going down. Because, you know, I feel like a short-order cook: I've got to get everybody's order. You want fries? You want a shake? In his mind he says he's going to the crowd.”

The movie has been in the works for several years, with Jarmusch discussing it in an interview with Rolling Stone back in 2010. “It's something that Iggy asked me to do about a year ago, because he knew I was a huge fan of the Stooges,” he said at the time. “It's not an overview of Iggy Pop or his life or his career, but of course the Stooges are so important in the history of music, and certainly Iggy's the engine of it.”

Gimme Danger currently has no official UK release date, but you can watch the first clip below: