Raw Power KEXP: Q&A with Mike McCready

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photo by Jim Bennett

On Sunday, August 23, KEXP proudly presents Raw Power KEXP, an all-star tribute to proto-punks Iggy and the Stooges. All week long we’ve been asking the members of the Raw Power band - Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, Mark Arm, and Barrett Martin - why they love the Stooges.

Mike McCready, who assembled the all-star band for this very special concert, was so excited that he replied to our questions in one enthusiastic text:

I first discovered Iggy and the Stooges around 1982 when I was at a party in the U District that members of Shadow, Green River, and Overlord were all at.

I was aware of Iggy because of my love of the New York Dolls and Alice Cooper. That party was the first time I heard the first side of Raw Power. Its angry guitars and awesome vocals immediately caught my attention. The energy was undeniable as was the feeling of freedom in their sound.

"Search and Destroy" had the meanest-sounding lead in it. "I'm a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm/I'm a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb!" Those lyrics say it all about why I love this record!

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