Iggy Pop remembers that infamous Countdown performance

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Iggy Pop recalls why he turned in one of Australian TV's weirdest performances.

There’s a miniseries screening on Australian TV at the moment, documenting the life and times of Molly Meldrum, the host of Australian music show Countdown.

Over the weekend, I spoke to Iggy Pop about his new album (more details on that soon), and it seemed timely to bring up one of the most memorable moments on Countdown that he provided. His hilarious interview and performance of 'I’m Bored', back in 1979.

Take a look and laugh at an Iggy Pop who gives no fucks whatsoever. He's not even bothering to pretend to mime.


On hearing the news of the Molly miniseries, which may or may not have a re-enactment of this memorable moment, Iggy responded with hearty laughter and “OH MY GOD”.

Pop was clearly excited to possibly be portrayed in the miniseries.

"Well, that’s something to look forward to," he said. "I was briefly portrayed by Taylor Dawson (sic), the drummer of Foo Fighters for a CBGBs movie. But I think being in a Molly episode sounds like a so much more interesting thing."

There was an interior dialogue, a voice telling me ‘Do not let yourself take this guy seriously’.

Iggy Pop

Iggy was adamant his memory of it was far clearer than his munted eyeballs suggested.

"It was a tough trip for me because it was my first time coming down and when you haven’t done that trip before the jetlag is much more severe," he said.

Upon arriving in Australia, Iggy was told that he wasn't going to be playing live at all. He'd be lip syncing all of his Australian performances.

"Then when I got there, I think what happened was the record company bribed my manager at the time or tricked me.

"I thought I was going to meet up with my band and play shows and play with my group on various TV shows. And then instead it was, ‘You’re doing playback’ and I was pissed off.

"I can still remember the stage set up. It was set up as a kind of catwalk with the audience on two sides, and I remember talking to [Molly] and there was an interior dialogue, there was a voice telling me ‘Do not let yourself take this guy seriously’.  I don’t know why I thought that, but I felt somehow to take that whole thing, well I didn’t feel like being reasonable that day. Let’s put it that way."

So there you have it. Don’t blame on the sunshine, the moonlight, or the good times, blame it on the jetlag. I’m using that next time.

Hear Myf's full chat with Iggy Pop.