If you thought it was weird seeing Iggy Pop advertise car insurance, or hearing him cover The Monochrome Set alonside Norman Cook, you'll be equally surprised to learn that grandfather Stooge himself is preparing a new album of jazzy material inspired by controversial French writer Michel Houellebecq.

"Preliminaires" will feature seven songs recorded by Iggy Pop last year for a documentary about Houellebecq's attempts to put his book "La Possibilité d'une Ile" on film. Mr. Pop even singe one song, "Les Feuilles Mortes" in French.

The album will be a large departure for Stooges fans as it was explained via myspace that this "quieter album with some jazz overtones" has resulted from Iggy becoming "sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music." Touchée