Emerging from the counter-cultural revolution of the late 1960s, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock 'n roll blew a crater in the musical landscape.
Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B and free jazz, they planted the seeds for what would become punk and alternative rock in the decades to follow. Premiering at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Jim Jarmusch’s new film chronicles their story, inspirations and enduring legacy.
Jim Jarmusch and Iggy Pop first worked together in the early 1990s when Iggy sat down to Coffee and Cigarettes with Tom Waits ("what are you saying man, I’m a Taco Bell kinda guy?"). He and Jarmusch collaborated again on Dead Man. For his latest turn in front of the director's camera, Jim Osterberg is back in his most beloved role, as The Stooges' front man, Iggy Pop.
Jarmusch says of The Stooges, "No other band in rock’n roll history has rivalled their combination of heavy primal throb, spiked psychedelia, blues-a-billy grind, complete with succinct angst-ridden lyrics and a snarling, preening leopard of a front man who somehow embodies Nijinsky, Bruce Lee, Harpo Marx and Arthur Rimbaud. There is no precedent for The Stooges, while those inspired by them are now legion.
Gimme Danger is more an 'essay' than a document. It's our love letter to possibly the greatest band in rock'n roll history and presents their story, their influences and their impact complete with some never-before-seen footage and photographs. Like the Stooges and their music, Gimme Danger is a little wild, messy, emotional, funny, primitive and sophisticated in the most unrefined way. Long live The Stooges!".