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Iggy Pop Marks 73rd Birthday With Free Download Of ‘Family Affair’ Cover

Pop’s 1985 version featured funk pioneer Bootsy Collins, but was never officially released as a single.

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Iggy Pop is celebrating his 73rd birthday today (21) by offering fans a free download of his 1980s cover of Sly & The Family Stone’s ‘Family Affair.’

Pop recorded the version in 1985 with funk pioneer Bootsy Collins. It was never officially released as a single, but appeared on his 1995 compilation We Are Not Talking About Commercial Shit! The recording is now available to stream or download at his official website.

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Talking to Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music, the station on which the star has himself been a favourite presenter in recent years, he explained the background to his recording. The Sly & The Family Stone version topped both Billboard‘s pop and R&B charts when he was at a low ebb.

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“I’ve always loved this song, it came out when I was kinda on the ropes in 1971,” he said. “There’s a lot of truth in it, especially in the second verse, about all sorts of questions that are coming around again now.

“I loved the music and I love what Bootsy did with it. Bootsy’s a great star and there is so much life in his playing, and so much personality and truth in who he is. It was a big thrill to work with him and Bill Laswell. It just sat there for a long time because it just wasn’t right vis-à-vis the noise and constant shifting and churning of the horrible pop scene (sorry), and also in light of the other things I was doing.

“Then one day recently,” he continued, “things had quietened down in daily life for everybody and for me too. I listened to it by accident and oh it just made me feel good and it was good company and I hoped that I could put it out and it would be company for somebody else too.”

Listen to the best of Iggy Pop on Apple Music and Spotify.

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