Iggy Pop Recalls Taylor Hawkins’ Unique Drumming On ‘Every Loser’

The wait is over! Punk’s godfather Iggy Pop’s 19th studio album ‘Every Loser’ has finally hit the shelves. You might have been one of his superfans, counting down the days to hear what the rest of the album would sound like after learning that Pop has been working with some of the most influential musicians in the industry, including Foo Fighters’ legendary drummer Taylor Hawkins. Well, in a recent chat with Billboard, the punk icon reflected on his collaboration with the late drummer.

“He’s a great guy, just a beautiful cat,” said Iggy about Hawkins, who had crossed paths with the drummer when he portrayed him in the 2013 movie CBGB. “His drumming is very unique. Chad [Smith]’s the backbone of the record, but I felt fortunate we could have Taylor on it, too, and he was perfect for those songs.” Even though the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith greatly contributed to his record, Pop sounded grateful about having had Hawkins’ unique playing on two tracks.

The two tracks ‘Comments’ and ‘The Regency’ that Hawkins played on might be some of the drummer’s final recordings, as he tragically passed away last March. Pop added, “It’s such a sad thing that he had to go so quick, but he was doing something he wanted to do, and he was doing it very well and was at the top of the heap, and that’s something, you know?”

Besides all the A-lister names such as Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro, and Eric Avery, former RHCP guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, Hawkins’s inclusion to the album has made Pop feel fortunate. On the other hand, Foo Fighters fans now have two more songs from the late drummer to play on repeat. The album had a lot of buzz surrounding its release, so the time has come to hit play!