"I would sit on the piano and try to work out these Muddy Waters' songs, what notes he was playing. I remember a great one was 'Rolling stone,' basically his story the social life he lives to put it in a nice way -- drinking and having sex -- as he roams the countryside as an itinerant bum basically," Iggy said. "There was no time signature or tonality to it that you could recognize if you'd been brought up on 'doggie in the window,' but it was the real American music."
Link Wray: 'Rumble'
As a student at the University of Michigan in the 1960s, Iggy would obsess over to "Rumble" by Link Wray, a track which he describes like "the soundtrack to a knife fight."
"This was lowbrow, tough, dumb, instrumental music and it was mainly just a beat and a guitar going, 'nah nah nah!' It was maybe the original power chord recording. Also, it influenced Peter Townsend from The Who very much in his writing and pre-figured everything you heard after from ACDC, the West Coast glam bands and punk rock," Iggy said. "And I just remember listening to it and thinking, 'It's simple! I could do that, that's bad. It sounds bad.' And I was also thinking, 'Why is this playing in the student union of an institute of higher learning?!' That whole side of things interested me about early rock 'n roll. The real raw down stuff."