Pop…Iggy Pop

“As society has changed, what had formerly been unacceptable has become colorful” Iggy (2003)

James Newell Osterberg, Jr. (21 April 1947) more widely know by his stage name Iggy Pop, is an American punk rock singer and actor considered to be one of the most important innovators of punk rock and related styles.

He sees the bright and hollow sky
He see the stars come out tonight
He sees the citys ripped backsides
He sees the winding ocean drive
And everything was made for you and me

He is sometimes referred to by the nicknames “the Godfather of Punk” and “the Rock Iguana”, and is widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of the rock era.

Though his popularity has fluctuated through the years, many of Pop’s songs have become well-known, including “Lust for Life”, “The Passenger”, “Real Wild Child”, “Candy” (a duet with Kate Pierson of The B-52’s),”China Girl”, “Nightclubbing”, “Search and Destroy” and “I Wanna Be Your Dog”.

“Everybody’s a little more worldly now, and there’s more exposure to things. When I made Fun House, back in 1970, nobody wanted to interview me. It was wonderful. I was like one of those little white things you find living under rocks, that every once in a while people pull up by mistake and go, “aagh!” But now everybody has a video camera, and that may have changed the nature of “the message from below,” as it were.” Iggy

On his performances:

“You say I look goofy? OK, great. You say it’s comedy? Great. Whatever anyone thought, I didn’t care. Could be goony, could be sexy, could be stupid, could be cool. I didn’t know, but as long as it was something, you know? ”

“He didn’t lose his virginity until he was twenty, but once he did, he went on a decade-long sex bender. He had a penchant for girls in their early teens: At the age of twenty-one, he was briefly married to a fourteen-year-old; at the age of twenty-two, he had a child (his only, Eric, now thirty-three) by another teenager; and at one early point, he had a thing for a thirteen-year-old named Betsy, of whom he has said, “She looked at me penetratingly. So I suppose you can figure out what happened next.” After shows, he’d return home with some fan or other, have sex with her and tell her to get lost.” – Erik Hedegaard, in “Iggy’s Trail of Destruction” in Rolling Stone (19 November 2003)

“Nobody understands me, I’m really sensitive. Everyone thinks I should be so happy, fucking all these chicks, and all the drugs and being a star. But I hurt. And I’m lonely.” Iggy

Albums With The Stooges

 

1969 – The Stooges

1970 – Fun House
1973 – Raw Power

2007 – The Weirdness
2013 – Ready to Die

With James Williamson 1977 – Kill City

James Robert Williamson (born 29 October 1949 in Castroville, Texas) is an American guitarist, songwriter, record producer and electronics engineer who is best known for his contribution to the protopunk rock band Iggy & The Stooges.

Solo

1977 – The Idiot
1977 – Lust for Life


1979 – New Values
1980 – Soldier
1981 – Party
1982 – Zombie Birdhouse
1986 – Blah Blah Blah
1988 – Instinct
1990 – Brick by Brick

1993 – American Caesar
1996 – Naughty Little Doggie
1999 – Avenue B
2001 – Beat ‘Em Up
2003 – Skull Ring
2009 – Préliminaires
2012 – Après

“Bowie’s a real man, and I’m a real woman — just like Catherine Deneuve.” Iggy
On rumours that he and Bowie were lovers.

“I’ve never had any sort of macho revulsion of fags, but Bowie and I — never, never, never, never. Everybody would think that, but I never saw him be that way anyway. I’ll tell you this. That guy got more p-u-s-s-y. I couldn’t believe it. Talk about a bitch magnet. Damn! Actresses, heiresses, waitresses, skateresses. And me? I was just left holding my dick most of the time. I had this short haircut, and I looked like a duck. But I got lucky sometimes. I got a good song out of a girl I was knocking off at the time, and it became “China Girl.”  Iggy

As an actor Pop has appeared in sixteen movies, including Sid and Nancy (a non-speaking cameo role), The Color of Money, Hardware (voice only), The Crow: City of Angels, The Rugrats Movie, Snow Day, Coffee and Cigarettes (opposite Tom Waits, in the third segment of the film, “Somewhere in California“), Cry-Baby, Dead Man, Tank Girl and Atolladero, a Spanish science fiction Western

 

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