LISTEN: Iggy Pop Shares Birthday Cover of Sly and the Family Stone's "Family Affair"

US musician Iggy Pop arrives for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
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It's Iggy Pop's birthday, and he's got a song on his heart: Sly and the Family Stone's 1971 classic #1, "Family Affair."

"Happy Birthday to Iggy and all Poptimists," the rock legend shared on social media. "Dropping this track to celebrate." The track in question is a cover version of the Sly Stone tune that Pop recorded back in 1985 with Funkadelic legend, Bootsy Collins, on bass.

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“I’ve always loved this song, it came out when I was kinda on the ropes in 1971. There’s a lot of truth in it, especially in the second verse, about all sorts of questions that are coming around again now,” Pop told BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne about the version.

“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 a 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 things had quietened down in daily life for everybody and for me too and 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 Iggy Pop's version of "Family Affair" below.

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