Jemina Pearl: Winning Friends With Iggy Pop

There's just something about Iggy Pop. It's that voice: implacable, tomblike, capable of conferring gravity upon the slightest slip of a song. In this case, the song is the cheery ode to misanthropy "I Hate People," by 22-year-old Jemina Pearl, former frontwoman of the short-lived, much-loved Be Your Own Pet.

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  • Song: "I Hate People"
  • Artist: Jemina Pearl featuring Iggy Pop
  • CD: Break It Up
  • Genre: Rock
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hide captionThanks to Iggy Pop's assistance, Jemina Pearl's "I Hate People" is garage-rock heaven.

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Thanks to Iggy Pop's assistance, Jemina Pearl's "I Hate People" is garage-rock heaven.

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Iggy Pop has historically proven to be a great foil for spirited female singers: His duet with Kate Pierson of The B-52's in 1990's "Candy" was a classic of the form, as was "Oh My God," his recent collaboration with Ida Maria.

"I Hate People" is no exception. There's not much to it — just an insistent beat and some words about Pearl, you know, hating people. But then! She spots him in the crowd, brooding, with his torn leather jacket and dark brown hair; it's either Iggy Pop in '77 or Edward Cullen. "I hate people / But I / I like you," she tells Pop, who croaks something appropriate in return; it doesn't much matter what.

Pop's unerring ability to sound like he's dying — or at least considering it — keeps this airily pleasant song earthbound and makes it interesting. In his hands, "I Hate People" might be sepulchral, but it's garage-rock heaven.

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