Iggy Pop has struck out at major record labels, after deciding to self-release his new album "Apres".
At a press conference for the French-inspired album last night, he said: "What has a record company ever done for me but humiliate and torment and drag me down?"
Iggy produced the album without help from a label, but was contractually obliged to offer it to Virgin EMI.
"They didn't want it. They didn't think they would make any money, they didn't think my fans would like it - very sensible attitudes for a sensible sort of person - but that's a different sort of person than I am," he said.
"They would have preferred that I do a rock album with popular punks, sort of like "Hi Dad!" I was not going to do that!"
As a result, Iggy self-released the album online and posted the CD for sale on French website.
"Apres" is his second French-inspired release, after 2009's "Preliminaires". It includes covers of Frank Sinatra's "Only The Lonely", The Beatles' "Michelle", and Yoko Ono's "I'm Going Away Smiling".
Yesterday we reported on a rant by Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe, who talked about Marilyn Manson's poor sales after self-releasing his new album "Born Villain" - much like Iggy has now been forced to do.
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