Hellraiser Iggy Pop is deserting his rock roots to record an album of jazz songs.
The Stooges frontman claims he is "sick" of uninspiring guitar music, and is embracing a new musical direction inspired by the mellow tones of American music great Louis Armstrong, for his new album 'Preliminaires'.
"It's a quieter album with some jazz overtones," he said. "That's because at one point I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars, banging out crappy music.
"And I was starting to listen to a lot of New Orleans-era Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton-type of jazz."
The move echos satirical rock mockumentary film 'This is Spinal Tap', where the group embark on an ill-fated change of musical direction, playing "a free-form jazz exploration" to a disapproving crowd.