Iggy Pop Reprimands U2, Praises Thom Yorke in BBC John Peel Lecture

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesIggy Pop has a lot of thoughts on today's methods of musical distribution, specifically when it comes to U2 and Thom Yorke, and he shared them all as the deliverer of the annual John Peel Lecture for BBC Music.

In the lecture, which was on the topic of "Free Music in a Capitalist Society," Iggy criticized U2 for the way they automatically downloaded their album Songs of Innocence into the accounts of every iTunes user.

"The people who don't want the free U2 download are trying to say, 'Don't try to force me.'  And they've got a point," he said.  "Part of the process when you buy something from an artist, it's a kind of anointing, you are giving people love.  It's your choice to give or withhold.  You are giving a lot of yourself, besides the money.  But in this particular case, without the convention, maybe some people felt like they were robbed of that chance and they have a point."

Meanwhile, Iggy praised Yorke for his similarly unusual album release method.  The Radiohead frontman released his new solo record, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, via the file-sharing site BitTorrent.

"I actually think that what Thom Yorke has done with BitTorrent is very good," he said.  "All pirates want to go legit, just like I wanted to be respectable.  It's normal.  After a while people feel like you're a crook, it's too hard to do business.  So it's good in this case that Thom Yorke is encouraging a positive change.  The music is good.  It's being offered at a low price direct to people who care."

You can listen to the whole lecture on BBC Radio's website.

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