A Wayward Word's Worth

March 25, 2012

From Hard Rocker to Blue-Collar Worker

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 1:25 pm

The Stooges’ saxophonist Steve Mackay- a literally rewired punk . By Kyle Mulling for The Beijinger Mar. 14, 2012

He fell from punk stardom to trade labor. Then the world literally left him for dead. Saxophonist Steve Mackay will hit the Hot Cat Club on March 16 to promote his latest solo album, Sometimes Like This I Talk. But he’s best known for playing on The Stooges’ seminal 1970 release Fun House. His sweltering horn blasts were a sonic mimicry of front man Iggy Pop’s infamous swagger.

He followed that breakthrough with decades of downfall. Below, Mackay describes quitting touring to become an electrician, hearing rumors about his own death, and inhaling a lethal “rotten egg smell” that nearly turned those rumors into reality.

Why did you forgo rock & roll to tinker with fuse boxes?
Giving up touring was a condition of my former marriage. I stayed local, but I wasn’t getting enough money playing gigs in San Francisco, and you’ll find many artists working in the building trades there to make ends meet.






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