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Préliminaires is a 2009 album by Iggy Pop, released on June 2, 2009, and inspired by Michel Houellebecq's novel La Possibilité d'une île (The Possibility of an Island).

Unlike his previous works, the album is less rock-oriented and was said by Pop to be "quieter album with some jazz overtones" with its sound influenced by New Orleans jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton. Pop also admitted that the album is his response to being "sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music".

The album even includes a cover of the 1940s French jazz standard "Les feuilles mortes" (Autumn Leaves), which Iggy sings in French. The song is most associated with such artists as Yves Montand and Edith Piaf. The album also includes "How Insensitive", a jazzy bossa nova standard composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim, and "Nice to Be Dead", more of a swamp rock song.

The visuals for the album were created by French-Iranian graphic novelist and animated film director Marjane Satrapi. Marjane and Iggy met when she asked him to voice one of the characters in the English-language version of her Academy-award nominated movie Persepolis in 2007.

Rolling Stone called it "definitely the weirdest record of the punk godfather's career".

Track listing

  1. "Les feuilles mortes" (music: Joseph Kosma; lyrics: Jacques Prévert) – 3:55
  2. "I Want to Go to the Beach" (Iggy Pop) – 2:53
  3. "King of The Dogs" (Lil Armstrong, Iggy Pop) – 2:02
  4. "Je sais que tu sais" (Lucie Aimé, Hal Cragin, Iggy Pop) – 3:12
  5. "Spanish Coast" (Hal Cragin, Iggy Pop) – 3:59
  6. "Nice to Be Dead" (Hal Cragin, Iggy Pop) – 2:49
  7. "How Insensitive" (Vinicius De Moraes, Ray Gilbert, Antônio Carlos Jobim) – 3:03
  8. "Party Time" (Hal Cragin, Iggy Pop) – 2:08
  9. "He's Dead / She's Alive" (Iggy Pop) – 2:00
  10. "A Machine for Loving" (Hal Cragin, Michel Houellebecq, Iggy Pop) – 3:16
  11. "She's a Business" (Hal Cragin, Iggy Pop) – 3:11
  12. "Les feuilles mortes (Marc's Theme)" (music: Joseph Kosma; lyrics: Jacques Prévert) – 3:53


  • Iggy Pop – guitar, vocals
  • Hal Cragin – bass, guitar, percussion, drum programming
  • Jon Cowherd – piano
  • Kevin Hupp – drums, conga
  • Tim Ouimette – trumpet

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