Friday, May 20, 2011

Bad Dog by Iggy Pop

Well, it's short, less than a minute, but I find it inspiring. Iggy is in fine voice, strong and passionate with his delivery.

He starts with a growl then a couple of short barks. Bill's prepared piano stabs during the opening barks and words adds a sense of urgency, one might even say dire urgency to the proceedings:

Bad dog
Just keep going

Going going going

Never never never stop

If you stop, you will suffer

They all wish you would stop

They all wish that you would stop

And curl up by a puddle somewhere

And just lie around and absorb KICKS

They wish that you would cringe and fold back your ears

And squint your eyes, and cover your nose with your paws

Because YOU are a DIFFERENT dog

Iggy then barks and howls as the prepared piano crescendos the "I Wanna Be Your Dog" chord progression.

It's brevity has me considering it a fossil poem. It certainly says a lot with few words and barks.

The opening few lines recalls how Israel Regardie begins his opus, The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic:


Over the years I have been asked over and over again what are the most important qualities that a student should possess in approaching the Great Work. Other than normal intelligence and emotional stability, I find two other qualities which are essential for success. They are best summed up in the following quotation (by Calvin Coolidge):

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Regardie left out the last line of the quote but I find it appropriate:

The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.


  1. Excellent! That's typical Iggy Pop. Nice and terse. I suppose poems are fossils in a sense-- pieces of petrified culture, giving clues to past thought.

    Iggy returned top the theme of being a dog in "Preliminaries" recently,
    with "king of the Dogs":

    I'm living like the king of the dogs
    I got a piece of meat
    In between my teeth
    I will bite your throat
    If you move on me

    I am sovereign
    I'm the king of the dogs

    Polite life will fill you full of cancer
    I don't even own a pair of pants.... [he's always taking them off anyway!]

    That has the same theme of persistence and of course you know about the meaning of "Perdurabo".

    Crowley didn't mind making use of apparently banal themes to express deeper meanings, as in Liber IV:

    "But one can hardly comment upon a theme which has been so fruitfully treated by Ludovicus Carolus, that most holy illuminated man of God. His masterly treatment of the identity of the three reciprocating paths of Daleth, Teth, and Pé, is one of the most wonderful passages in the Holy Qabalah....?

    I can only see a a missing graphic above the lyrics. Is it possible to hear it?

  2. I don't have permission to post the recording.

    Ludovicus Carolus = Lewis Carroll. I believe that quote refers to something in "Through the Looking Glass" but don't know exactly what.

  3. Of course. I can read the lyrics anyway:}

    Despite what others have said, I think still think that "Instinct" is excellent and has a sound very close to the minimal sound of the Stooges but produced and recorded much better. Every song song is excellent and masterfully understated. The sound is incredibility clear.

    You must have lots of musical gems on tape that will never surface.

    Could it be sold on iTunes or something? Probably not...

    Crowley was joking there. He had a very odd British sense of humour. He loved pompous names and and titles. He is making Louis Carroll make sound like a sage or master. Carroll's books are almost metaphysical though in a whimsical way.

    Something that Iggy and Crowley might have had in common is a weird sense of humour