“Look out, honey, `cos I’m usin’ technology!”
The other day on Get Back to Work, I put up a fun little shot that I’d spotted on Tumblr of Iggy Pop sitting on what looked like it might be the Bowery or 14th Street. In turn, the mighty J. Yuenger re-posted it, but also tracked down another photo presumably from the same shoot, that being the one above.
Taken by the late Ken Regan in 1984, here we see Ig composing on a primitive word-processor, perhaps hashing out some lyrics that would later appear on 1986’s Blah Blah Blah. Glance twice and you’ll notice that his Igness is seated just around the corner from the Bowery on Houston, in front of the frequently re-tooled mural wall that was formerly adjacent to Billy’s Antiques. It being 1984, Iggy’s looking comparatively young and spry, while the world around him looks to be in some disrepair. Stroll down that block today and it’s markedly different.
These days, you might be more likely to see Mr. Pop slumming around this neighborhood with fatuous fashionista and rocker-wannabe, John Varvatos.
Can anyone name the location in this shot, though?