Jim Jarmusch's upcoming documentary Gimme Danger traces the proto-punks' colourful history and decade-spanning legacy
The first trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s documentary on The Stooges has been unveiled.
Gimme Danger premiered at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, while screening elsewhere at Toronto Film Festival. It traces the story of the proto-punks against the musical, cultural and political backdrops that defined the late 60s, and how they smashed into the scene with an innovative, alternative sound that has endured and inspired in the decades since. Soundtracked to their blend of rock, blues, R&B and free jazz, Gimme Danger details the band’s “adventures and misadventures” through commercial challenges and musical breakthroughs.
The documentary by the Broken Flowers and Only Lovers Left Alive filmmaker makes use of limited live footage of the band, unearthed photographs and interviews with the members. Pop relates how they upset people across the U.S with some less than sub-par shows, as well as how they shared everything from a home to money and the songwriting credits.
Iggy Pop, real name James Newell Osterberg, also discusses his now iconic stage movement and presence in the documentary trailer: “I started jumping up and down, like baboons do before they fight,” while also drawing a comparison between the band's raw sound with that of home state Michigan’s automobile industry. “The Ford Motor Company, they had a machine that engineered a drop, a mega-clang. I thought we should get some of that in our songs,” he observed.
In a TV clip that sums up The Stooges’ axis-spinning cultural legacy, Pop says: “I think I helped wipe out the Sixties”.