James Newell Osterberg Jr. (born April 21, 1947), known professionally
by his stage name
Iggy Pop (/ˈɪɡi pɒp/), and designated the
"Godfather of Punk," is an American singer, songwriter,
musician, producer and actor. He was the vocalist of influential
proto-punk band the Stooges, who reunited in 2003, and is well
known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics.
Iggy Pop's music has encompassed a number of styles over the course of
his career, including garage rock, punk rock, hard rock, art rock, new
wave, jazz and blues. Though his popularity has fluctuated through
the years, many of Iggy Pop's songs have become well-known, including
"Search and Destroy" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by the Stooges, and his
solo hits "Lust for Life", "The Passenger", and "Real Wild Child (Wild
In 2010, the Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
1 Early life
2 Music career
2.1 Early days: 1960–1967
The Stooges era: 1968–1974
2.3 Bowie and Berlin: 1976–1978
2.4 Arista albums: 1979–1981
2.6 1990s and early 2000s
The Stooges reunion: 2003–2010
2.8 2000s and 2010s
3 Film, television and radio career
5 Classical scholarship
6 Personal life
8.1 Studio albums
9 Awards and nominations
9.1 Grammy Awards
9.2 Golden Globe Awards
9.3 Orders conferred
11 Further reading
12 External links
Osterberg as a high school senior, 1965
James Newell Osterberg, Jr. was born in Muskegon, Michigan, the son of
Louella (née Christensen; 1917–1996) and James Newell Osterberg,
Sr. (1921–2007), a former high school English teacher and
baseball coach at
Fordson High School
Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan.
Osterberg was raised in a trailer park in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He
is of German, English and Irish descent on his father's side, and
Norwegian and Danish ancestry on his mother's side. His father was
adopted by a
Swedish American family and took on their surname
(Österberg). In a 2007
Rolling Stone interview, Iggy Pop
explained his relationship with his parents and their contribution to
Once I hit junior high in Ann Arbor, I began going to school with the
son of the president of Ford Motor Company, with kids of wealth and
distinction. But I had a wealth that beat them all. I had the
tremendous investment my parents made in me. I got a lot of care. They
helped me explore anything I was interested in. This culminated in
their evacuation from the master bedroom in the trailer, because that
was the only room big enough for my drum kit. They gave me their
Early days: 1960–1967
The Prime Movers, featuring
Iggy Pop on drums
Osterberg began his music career as a drummer in various high school
bands in Ann Arbor, Michigan, including the Iguanas, who cut several
records such as Bo Diddley's "Mona" in 1965. His later stage name,
Iggy, is derived from the Iguanas. After exploring local blues-style
bands such as the Prime Movers (with brothers Dan and Michael
Erlewine), he eventually dropped out of the University of Michigan
and moved to Chicago to learn more about blues. While in Chicago, he
played drums in blues clubs, helped by
Sam Lay (formerly of the Paul
Blues Band) who shared his connections with Iggy.
Chicago blues as well as bands like The Sonics,
The Doors, he formed the Psychedelic Stooges and began calling himself
Iggy. The band was composed of Iggy on vocals,
Ron Asheton on guitar,
Asheton's brother Scott on drums, and Dave Alexander on bass. Their
first show was played at a Halloween party at a house in Detroit,
Michigan. Members of the
MC5 were also in attendance.
The Stooges era: 1968–1974
The seeds of Iggy Pop's stage persona were sown when he saw The Doors
perform in 1967 at the University of
Michigan and was amazed by the
stage antics and antagonism displayed by singer Jim Morrison.
Morrison's extreme behavior, while performing in a popular band,
inspired the young
Iggy Pop to push the boundaries of stage
performance. Other influences on Iggy Pop's vocals and persona were
Mick Jagger and James Brown.
Iggy Pop was the first performer to do a
stage-dive, which he started at a concert in Detroit. Iggy Pop,
who traditionally performs bare-chested, also performed such stage
theatrics as rolling around in broken glass and exposing himself to
I attended two concerts by the Doors. The first one I attended was
early on and they had not gotten their shit together yet. That show
was a big, big, big influence on me. They had just had their big hit,
"Light My Fire" and the album had taken off.... So, here's this guy,
out of his head on acid, dressed in leather with his hair all oiled
and curled. The stage was tiny and it was really low. It got
confrontational. I found it really interesting. I loved the
performance ... Part of me was like, 'Wow, this is great. He's really
pissing people off and he's lurching around making these guys angry.'
People were rushing the stage and Morrison's going 'Fuck you. You
blank, blank, blank."' You can fill in your sexual comments yourself.
The other half of it was that I thought, 'If they've got a hit record
out and they can get away with this, then I have no fucking excuse not
to get out on stage with my band.' It was sort of the case of, 'Hey, I
can do that.' There really was some of that in there.
In addition to
Jim Morrison and The Doors' influence on the band, Iggy
Pop also attributes the Stooges getting jump started after seeing an
all-girls rock band from Princeton, New Jersey called The Untouchable
play. In a 1995 interview with Bust Magazine, he relates:
And the other thing was we went to New York. We had gone to New York a
couple of months before that just to check out the scene, and we had
never been to a place like New York... we went down around Eighth
Street there where all the young tourists hang out, and we met these
girls from New Jersey, from Princeton, they had a band called The
Untouchable, and we're like, "Oh, you've got a band, sure, ha ha ha,"
and they said "Well, come to our house and see us play." And we didn't
have anywhere to crash, and they played for us, and they completely
rocked, and we were really ashamed."
In 1968, one year after their live debut and now dubbed the Stooges,
the band signed with Elektra Records, again following in the footsteps
of The Doors, who were Elektra's biggest act at the time (reportedly,
Iggy Pop called
Moe Howard to see if it was all right to call his band
"The Stooges," to which Howard responded by merely saying "I don't
care what they call themselves, as long as they're not the Three
Stooges!" and hung up the phone). The Stooges' first
album The Stooges, (on which
Iggy Pop was credited as "Iggy Stooge"),
was produced by
John Cale in New York in 1969. Both it and the
follow-up, Fun House produced by Don Gallucci in Los Angeles in 1970,
sold poorly. Though the release of Fun House did not receive the
recognition it expected, it was later ranked No. 191 in Rolling
Stone's '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' in 2003. Shortly after
the new members joined, the group disbanded because of Iggy Pop's
worsening heroin addiction.
In 1971, without a record deal, the Stooges kept performing in small
clubs with a 5-piece line-up that included both
Ron Asheton and James
Williamson on guitars and
Jimmy Recca on bass, Dave Alexander having
been sacked by
Iggy Pop the previous year when he turned up for a gig
unable to play because of his chronic alcoholism (he died in 1975).
Iggy Pop and
David Bowie met at Max's Kansas City, a
nightclub and restaurant in New York City. Iggy Pop's career
received a boost from his relationship with Bowie when Bowie decided
in 1972 to produce an album with
Iggy Pop in England. With James
Williamson signed on as guitarist, the search began for a rhythm
section. However, since neither
Iggy Pop nor Williamson were satisfied
with any players in England, they decided to re-unite the Stooges. Ron
Asheton grudgingly moved from guitar to bass. The recording sessions
produced the rock landmark Raw Power. After its release Scott Thurston
was added to the band on keyboards/electric piano and Bowie continued
his support, but Iggy Pop's drug problem persisted. The Stooges' last
show in 1974 ended in a fight between the band and a group of bikers,
documented on the album
Drug abuse stalled his career
again for several years.
Bowie and Berlin: 1976–1978
Iggy Pop, October 25, 1977 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis
After the second breakup of the Stooges,
Iggy Pop made some recordings
with James Williamson, but these were not released until 1977 (as Kill
City, credited jointly to
Iggy Pop and Williamson).
Iggy Pop was
unable to control his drug use and checked himself into a mental
institution, the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, to try to clean up.
Bowie was one of his few visitors there, and he continued to support
his friend and collaborator. In 1976, Bowie took him along as his
companion on the
Station to Station
Station to Station tour. This was Iggy Pop's first
exposure to large-scale professional touring and he was impressed,
particularly with Bowie's work ethic. On March 21, 1976, Bowie and
Iggy Pop were arrested together for marijuana possession in Rochester,
New York, although charges were later dropped.
Iggy Pop relocated to West Berlin to wean themselves off
their respective drug addictions. In 1977,
Iggy Pop signed with RCA
Records and Bowie helped write and produce The Idiot and Lust for
Life, Iggy Pop's two most acclaimed albums as a solo artist, the
latter featuring one of Iggy Pop's best-known songs "The Passenger".
Lust for Life also featured another team of brothers, Hunt and Tony
Fox Sales, sons of comedian Soupy Sales. Among the songs Bowie and
Iggy Pop wrote together were "China Girl", "Tonight", and "Sister
Midnight", all of which Bowie performed on his own albums later on
(the last being recorded with different lyrics as "Red Money" on the
album Lodger). Bowie also played keyboards in Iggy Pop's live
performances, some of which are featured on the album TV Eye Live in
1978. In return,
Iggy Pop contributed backing vocals on Bowie's
Arista albums: 1979–1981
Iggy Pop, Cardiff, 1979
Iggy Pop had grown dissatisfied with RCA, later admitting that he had
made TV Eye Live as a quick way of fulfilling his three-album RCA
contract. He moved to Arista Records, under whose banner he released
New Values in 1979. This album was something of a Stooges reunion,
with James Williamson producing and latter-day Stooge Scott Thurston
playing guitar and keyboards. Not surprisingly, the album's style
harkened back to the guitar sound of the Stooges. Although highly
regarded by many Iggy fans (some preferring it to the Bowie
New Values was not a popular success.
The album was moderately successful in Australia and New Zealand,
however, and this led to Iggy Pop's first visit there to promote it.
While in Melbourne, he made a memorable appearance on the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation's nationwide
Iggy Pop show Countdown. During
his anarchic performance of "I'm Bored",
Iggy Pop made no attempt to
conceal the fact that he was lip-synching (shoving the microphone down
his pants at one point), and he even tried to grab the teenage girls
in the audience. He was also interviewed by host Molly Meldrum, an
exchange which was frequently punctuated by the singer jumping up and
down on his chair and making loud exclamations of "G'day mate" in a
mock Australian accent. His Countdown appearance is generally
considered one of the highlights of the show's history and it cemented
his popularity with Australian punk fans; since then he has often
toured there. While visiting New Zealand,
Iggy Pop recorded a music
video for "I'm Bored", and attended a record company function where he
appeared to slap a woman and throw wine over a photographer. While
Iggy Pop was also the guest on a live late-night
commercial TV interview show on the Ten Network. It is not known
whether a recording of this interview exists, but the famous Countdown
appearance has often been re-screened in Australia.
During the recording of Soldier (1980),
Iggy Pop and Williamson
quarreled over production (the latter apparently wanted a big, Phil
Spector-type sound) and Williamson was fired. Bowie appeared on the
song "Play it Safe", performing backing vocals with the group Simple
Minds. The album and its follow-up Party (1981) were both commercial
Iggy Pop was dropped from Arista. His drug habit varied
in intensity, but persisted.
Iggy Pop at the
Pinkpop Festival in 1987
Iggy Pop published his autobiography I Need More, co-written
with Anne Wehner, an
Ann Arbor arts patron. The book, which includes a
selection of black and white photographs, featured a foreword by Andy
Warhol. Warhol wrote that he met Iggy when he was Jim Osterberg, at
Ann Arbor Film Festival in 1966. "I don't know why he hasn't made
it really big," Warhol wrote. "He is so good."
The 1982 album
Zombie Birdhouse on Chris Stein's Animal label, with
Stein himself producing, was no more commercially successful than his
Arista works, but again, in 1983, Iggy Pop's fortunes changed when
David Bowie recorded a cover of the song "China Girl". The song had
originally appeared on The Idiot, and was a major hit on Bowie's
blockbuster Let's Dance album. As co-writer of the song, Iggy Pop
received substantial royalties. On Tonight in 1984, Bowie recorded
five more of their co-written songs (2 from Lust for Life, 1 from New
Values, and 2 new songs), assuring
Iggy Pop financial security, at
least for the short term. The support from Bowie enabled
Iggy Pop to
take a three-year break, during which he overcame his resurgent heroin
addiction and took acting classes.
Iggy Pop contributed the title song to the 1984 film
Repo Man (with Steve Jones, previously of the Sex Pistols, on guitar,
Nigel Harrison and Clem Burke, both of Blondie on bass and drums)
as well as an instrumental called "Repo Man Theme" that was played
during the opening credits.
Iggy Pop recorded some demos with Jones. He played these
demos for Bowie, who was sufficiently impressed to offer to produce an
album for Iggy Pop: 1986's new wave-influenced Blah-Blah-Blah,
featuring the single "Real Wild Child", a cover of "The Wild One",
originally written and recorded by Australian rock 'n' roll musician
Johnny O'Keefe in 1958. The single was a Top 10 hit in the UK and was
successful around the world, especially in Australia, where for 20
years it has been used as the theme music for the ABC's late-night
music video show Rage. Blah-Blah-Blah was Iggy Pop's highest-charting
album in the U.S. since The Idiot in 1977, peaking at No. 75 on the
Billboard Top 200 albums chart.
Also in 1985,
Iggy Pop and
Lou Reed contributed their singing voices
to the animated film Rock & Rule.
Iggy Pop performed the song
"Pain & Suffering" in the final sequence of the film.
Iggy Pop appeared (along with Bootsy Collins) on a mostly
instrumental album, Neo Geo, by Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.
The music video for "Risky", written and directed by Meiert Avis, won
the first ever
MTV Breakthrough Video Award. The groundbreaking video
explores transhumanist philosopher FM-2030's ideas of Nostalgia for
the Future in the form of an imagined love affair between a robot and
one of Man Ray's models in Paris in the late 1930s. Additional
inspiration was drawn from Jean Baudrillard, Edvard Munch's 1894
painting Puberty, and
Roland Barthes Death of the Author. The
surrealist black-and-white video uses stop motion, light painting, and
other retro in-camera effects techniques. Meiert Avis recorded
Sakamoto while at work on the score for The Last Emperor in London.
Sakamoto also appears in the video painting words and messages to an
open shutter camera. Iggy Pop, who performs the vocals on "Risky",
chose not to appear in the video, allowing his performance space to be
occupied by the surrealist era robot.
Iggy Pop's follow-up to Blah Blah Blah, Instinct (1988), was a
turnaround in musical direction. Its stripped-back, guitar-based sound
leaned further towards the sound of the Stooges than any of his solo
albums to date. His record label dropped him, but the King Biscuit
radio show recorded the Instinct tour (featuring guitarist Andy McCoy
Alvin Gibbs on bass) in Boston on July 19, 1988. Working with rock
attorney Stann Findelle,
Iggy Pop scored more movie soundtrack
inclusions in 1989: "Living on the Edge of the Night" in the Ridley
Scott thriller Black Rain; and "Love Transfusion", a song originally
Alice Cooper (who does backing vocals) and Desmond
Child, in Wes Craven's Shocker.
1990s and early 2000s
Iggy Pop recorded Brick by Brick, produced by Don Was, with
Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses and
The B-52's as guests, as well as backup
vocals by many local Hollywood groups, two of whom (
Whitey Kirst and
Craig Pike) would create his band to tour and perform on his Kiss My
Blood video (1991), directed by Tim Iggy Pope and filmed at the
Olympia in Paris. The video attracted much controversy, as it featured
much footage of
Iggy Pop performing with his penis exposed to the
audience. The album was his first Gold-certified album in the U.S.
(denoting sales of over 500,000 copies) and featured his first Top 40
U.S. hit, "Candy", a duet with B-52's singer Kate Pierson.
Also in 1990,
Iggy Pop sang the role of "The Prosecutor" for the POINT
Music/Philips Classics recording (released in 1992) of composer John
Moran's multimedia opera The Manson Family. That year he
also contributed to the Red Hot Organization's AIDS benefit album Red
Hot + Blue project, singing a version of "Well Did You Evah!" in a
duet with Deborah Harry.
In the early to middle 1990s,
Iggy Pop would make several guest
appearances on the
Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete and Pete.
He played James Mecklenberg, Nona Mecklenberg's father.
Iggy Pop and Kirst contributed the song "Why Was I Born
(Freddy's Dead)" to the soundtrack of the film Freddy's Dead: The
Final Nightmare. The song also plays over the end credits of the film,
with a compilation of clips from the
A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street series
running alongside the end credits. In the same year,
Iggy Pop sang a
leading role in the John Moran opera The Manson Family.
In 1992, he collaborated with
Goran Bregović on the soundtrack for
Arizona Dream by Emir Kusturica.
Iggy Pop sang four of the
songs: In the Deathcar, TV Screen, Get the Money, and This is a Film.
Also in 1992, he collaborated with the New York City band White
Zombie. He recorded spoken word vocals on the intro and outro of the
song "Black Sunshine" as well as playing the character of a writer in
the video shot for the song. He is singled out for special thanks in
the liner notes of the band's album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume
Iggy Pop released American Caesar, including two successful
singles, "Wild America" and "Beside You". The following year Iggy Pop
contributed to Buckethead's album Giant Robot, including the songs
"Buckethead's Toy Store" and "Post Office Buddy". He appears also on
Les Rita Mitsouko
Les Rita Mitsouko album
Système D where he sings the duet "My
Love is Bad" with Catherine Ringer.
Iggy Pop again found mainstream fame when his 1977 song "Lust
for Life" was featured in the film Trainspotting. A new video was
recorded for the song, with clips from the film and studio footage of
Iggy Pop dancing with one of the film's stars, Ewen Bremner. An Iggy
Pop concert also served as a plot point in the film. The song has also
been used in TV commercials for Royal Caribbean and as the theme music
to The Jim Rome Show, a nationally syndicated American sports talk
Iggy Pop released Naughty Little Doggie, with Whitey Kirst
returning on guitar, and the single "I Wanna Live". In 1997, he
Raw Power to give it a rougher, more hard-edged sound; fans
had complained for years that Bowie's official "rescue effort" mix was
muddy and lacking in bass.
Iggy Pop testified in the reissue's liner
notes that on the new mix, "everything's still in the red". He
co-produced his 1999 album Avenue B with Don Was, releasing the single
Iggy Pop was credited with the soundtrack to the film The
On January 1, 1998,
Iggy Pop made a guest appearance on Paramount
Television's science fiction series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Iggy
Pop played a
Vorta in an episode based upon the film The Magnificent
Seven, titled "The Magnificent Ferengi".
Iggy Pop also contributed the
theme song for "Space Goofs".
Iggy Pop supplied vocals for the 1999
Death in Vegas
Death in Vegas UK Top-10 single
Aisha. The same year he appeared on Hashisheen, The End of Law, a
collaborative effort by Bill Laswell, reading on the tracks The
Western Lands and A Quick Trip to Alamut. He also sang on the tracks
"Rolodex Propaganda" and "Enfilade" by
At the Drive-In
At the Drive-In in 2000.
For New Year's Eve 1997,
Iggy Pop was the headliner for the annual
Australian three-day concert the Falls Festival. He gave one of the
most memorable performances in the history of the festival. A member
of the audience got to do the countdown for the new year with Iggy Pop
as part of a competition to guess Iggy Pop's new year's resolution (it
was "To do nothing and make a lot of money!").
Iggy Pop produced 2001's Beat 'Em Up, which gave birth to The Trolls,
releasing the single "Football" featuring Trolls alumni Whitey Kirst
and brother Alex.
The Stooges reunion: 2003–2010
Iggy Pop's 2003 album
Skull Ring featured collaborators Sum 41, Green
Day, Peaches, and The Trolls, as well as Ron and Scott Asheton,
reuniting the three surviving founding members of the Stooges for the
first time since 1974.
Iggy Pop made a guest appearance on Peaches's
Kick It as well as the video. Also in 2003, his first full-length
biography was published.
Gimme Danger – The Story of
Iggy Pop was
written by Joe Ambrose;
Iggy Pop did not collaborate on the biography
or publicly endorse it. Having enjoyed working with the Ashetons on
Iggy Pop reformed the Stooges with bassist Mike Watt
(formerly of the Minutemen) filling in for the late Dave Alexander,
and Fun House saxophonist
Steve Mackay rejoining the lineup. They have
toured regularly since 2004. That year,
Iggy Pop opened Madonna's
Reinvention World Tour in Dublin.
Iggy and the Stooges played the
Glastonbury Festival in June 2007.
Their set included material from the 2007 album
The Weirdness and
classics such as "No Fun and "I Wanna Be Your Dog."
Iggy Pop also
caused controversy in June 2007 when he was interviewed on the BBC's
coverage of the Glastonbury Festival. He used the phrase "paki shop",
apparently unaware of its racist connotations, prompting three
complaints and an apology from the BBC.
On March 10, 2008
Iggy Pop appeared at Madonna's induction into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
Together with the Stooges he sang raucous versions of two Madonna
hits, "Burning Up" and "Ray of Light." Before leaving the stage he
looked directly at Madonna, quoting "You make me feel shiny and new,
like a virgin, touched for the very first time.", from Madonna's hit
song "Like a Virgin". According to guitarist Ron Asheton, Madonna
asked the Stooges to perform in her place, as a protest to the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame for not inducting the Stooges despite six
appearances on the nomination ballot.
Iggy Pop also sang on the
"No Fun" cover by
Asian Dub Foundation
Asian Dub Foundation on their 2008 album Punkara.
On January 6, 2009, original Stooges guitarist and Iggy Pop's
self-described best friend
Ron Asheton was found dead from an apparent
heart attack. He was 60 years old.
In 2009 James Williamson rejoined the band after 29 years.
On December 15, 2009 it was announced that the Stooges would be
inducted into The
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2010. Iggy
Pop had "about two hours of a strong emotional reaction" to the
2000s and 2010s
Iggy Pop at Beale Street Music Festival,
Memphis in May
Memphis in May 2007
Iggy Pop appeared, along with Madonna, Little Richard, Bootsy
Collins, and The Roots' Questlove, in an American TV commercial for
Motorola ROKR phone. In early 2006, Iggy and the Stooges played in
Australia and New Zealand for the Big Day Out. They also began work on
a new album, The Weirdness, which was recorded by
Steve Albini and
released in March 2007. In August 2006 Iggy and the Stooges performed
at the Lowlands pop festival in the Netherlands, Hodokvas in Slovakia
and in the
Sziget Festival in Budapest.
Sziget Festival in
Budapest – 2006
Author Paul Trynka completed a biography of
Iggy Pop (with his
blessing) called Open Up and Bleed, published in early 2007. More
recently,[when?] Iggy and the Stooges played at Bam Margera's wedding
Iggy Pop appeared on the single "Punkrocker" with the Teddybears
Cadillac television commercial.
Iggy Pop was also the voice of
Lil' Rummy on the
Comedy Central cartoon
Lil' Bush and confirmed that
he has done voices for
American Dad! and Grand Theft Auto IV,
which also included the Stooges song "I Wanna Be Your Dog" (though the
game's manual credited
Iggy Pop as the artist).
Iggy Pop guested on Profanation, the new album by the Bill
Laswell-helmed group Praxis, which was released on January 1, 2008.
He fronts (from January 2009) a £25 million TV ad campaign for
Swiftcover, using the strapline "Get a Life".
Iggy Pop collaborated with Danger Mouse and
Sparklehorse on the album
Dark Night of the Soul, singing the track "Pain".
Iggy Pop's fifteenth solo album, Préliminaires, was released on June
2, 2009. Inspired by a novel by French author Michel Houellebecq
called La Possibilité d'une île (2005; Trans. as The Possibility of
an Island by Gavin Bowd, 2006),
Iggy Pop was approached to provide the
soundtrack for a documentary film on Houellebcq and his attempts to
make a film from his novel. He describes this new release as a
"quieter album with some jazz overtones", the first single off the
album, "King of the Dogs", bearing a sound strongly influenced by New
Orleans jazz musicians such as
Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton.
Iggy Pop said that the song was his response to being "sick of
listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music". The
album is available on legal download sites, CD, and a Deluxe Boxset is
available at only 6000 units worldwide. This box set contains the
Préliminaires album, a collector "Les Feuilles Mortes" b/w "King of
the Dogs" 7 inch, the cover of which is Iggy Pop's portrait by
Marjane Satrapi, and a 38-page booklet of drawings also by Marjane
In January 2009,
Iggy Pop was signed up as the face of Swiftcover, the
UK-based online insurance company. The advert was then banned by
the Advertising Standards Authority on April 28, 2009 for being
misleading – it implied that
Iggy Pop himself had an insurance
Swiftcover when at the time the company did not insure
Iggy Pop also sings on "We're All Gonna Die" on Slash's first solo
album Slash, which was released in April 2010. He appeared as a
character in the video game
Lego Rock Band
Lego Rock Band to sing his song "The
Passenger" and also lent his voice for the in game tutorial. With
reference to the song "The Passenger",
Iggy Pop has appeared on NZ
television advertising phone networks to show how he can get a band to
play together by conference call.
Iggy Pop performing with the Stooges in 2012
After a March 2010 stage diving accident,
Iggy Pop claimed he would no
longer stage dive. However, he did so on three occasions at a concert
in Madrid, Spain on April 30, 2010. And it was much the same in
London at the Hammersmith Apollo on May 2, 2010. On July 9, 2010
he again stage dived in Zottegem, Belgium, causing Iggy to bleed from
the face. In June 2010,
Iggy Pop appeared at Yonge and Dundas
Square in Toronto with the reformed Stooges on the NXNE main stage. In
2011 he teamed up with The Lilies, a collaboration between Sergio Dias
Os Mutantes and French group Tahiti Boy & The Palmtree Family,
to record the single "Why?".
Iggy Pop at the UK Hop Farm Festival, July 2011
Iggy Pop lent his image to PETA's campaign against the annual Canada
On April 7, 2011, at age 63,
Iggy Pop performed "Real Wild Child" on
the tenth season of American Idol; the
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times music blog
Iggy Pop & Hiss" described
Iggy Pop as being "still magnetic,
still disturbing". He is also featured on Kesha's song "Dirty
Love" on her second album Warrior. On August 25, 2013, Iggy and
the Stooges co-headlined RiotFest 2013's Day 2, performing in Toronto
and Denver along with The Replacements.
On October 14, 2014,
Iggy Pop gave the fourth annual
BBC Music John
Peel Lecture in Salford, on the topic of "Free Music in a Capitalist
Society". He used the lecture to discuss his experiences of the
music industry, and his reflections on the effect of the internet on
the consumption of music and the broader media.
Iggy Pop hosts a
weekly radio show on
BBC Radio 6, where he covers an eclectic range of
music from punk to jazz, he also champions and pushes new artists such
as Shame, Fat White Family,
False Heads and
Sleaford Mods .
In January 2015, it was announced that
Iggy Pop contributed the theme
song to Alex Cox's latest film, Bill, the Galactic Hero. He also
collaborated with New Order on the song "Stray Dog" of their album
Music Complete released in September of that year.
Iggy Pop also
Tomoyasu Hotei on the songs "How The Cookie
Crumbles" and "Walking Through The Night" from the album Strangers,
also released that same year.
Iggy Pop recorded an album with
Josh Homme titled Post Iggy
Pop Depression. The album was released on March 18, with a tour to
On October 28, 2016,
Iggy Pop released the double live album Post Iggy
Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall on Eagle Rock
Entertainment (on DVD+2CD and digital formats).
On March 5, 2017,
Iggy Pop performed the song "T.V. Eye" with
Metallica on their Hardwired Tour stop at Foro Sol in Mexico City,
Film, television and radio career
As an actor
Iggy Pop has appeared in a number of 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
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. In February 2009, he
played the character Victor in the movie Suck.
Iggy Pop was featured
alongside indie starlet
Greta Gerwig in the film Art House, which
premiered at the
Nashville Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival in April 2010.
Iggy Pop has been featured in five television series, including Tales
from the Crypt, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, where he played
Nona's dad in the second and third season, and Star Trek: Deep Space
Nine, in which he played
Yelgrun in the episode "The Magnificent
Ferengi". With the Stooges, he was featured in an episode of MTV's
Bam's Unholy Union
Bam's Unholy Union as the main band performing at Bam Margera's
wedding. Additionally, a portion of the music video for Iggy Pop's
"Butt Town" was featured on an episode of Beavis and Butthead. Iggy
Pop voiced Lil' Rummy on the
Comedy Central show Lil' Bush, and also
provided the voice for a character in the English-language version of
the 2007 animated film Persepolis.
Iggy Pop has been profiled in four rockumentaries and has had songs on
18 soundtracks, including Crocodile Dundee II; Trainspotting; Lock,
Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Haggard; Arizona Dream; Repo Man; Black
Rain; Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare; Shocker; and Kurt Cobain:
About a Son.
Iggy Pop worked with
Johnny Depp on several films: they appeared
Cry-Baby and Dead Man.
Iggy Pop provided the soundtrack
for The Brave, which was directed by and starred Depp, and music for
Depp's 1993 film Arizona Dream.
Iggy Pop also voiced a cameo in the
American Dad! episode "American
Dream Factory" as Jerry, the drummer, in Steve Smith's band. He makes
an appearance in FLicKeR, a 2008 feature documentary by Nik Sheehan
Brion Gysin and the Dreamachine.
Iggy Pop played himself as the
DJ of the fictional rock station Liberty Rock Radio 97. 8 in the video
game Grand Theft Auto IV.
The Stooges song "I Wanna Be Your Dog" was
featured on the same station.
Iggy Pop also featured as a voice talent
in the 2004
ATARI video game DRIV3R, which was produced by Reflections
Iggy Pop appears as a character in the Adult Swim
animated comedy/adventure series The Venture Bros.. He is one of the
bodyguards, along with Klaus Nomi, of David Bowie, who is "The
Sovereign" of the Guild of Calamitous Intent.
Iggy Pop has some
unclear super-powers, which he uses when he and Nomi turn against
Iggy Pop played the conscience of a clown named Elliot (Denis
Lavant) in the French film L'Étoile du jour (Morning Star) directed
by Sophie Blondy.
Iggy Pop appeared shortly in the French film
Les gamins then
he voiced The Caterpillar in the television series Once Upon a Time in
Iggy Pop presented (narrated) the
BBC documentary "Burroughs
at 100." William Burroughs profoundly affected Iggy Pop's writing,
inspiring lyrics in the famous "Lust for Life." It was aired in the US
on This American Life on January 30, 2015 in the episode "Burroughs
101," commemorating his 101st birthday.
Iggy Pop hosts a weekly radio show and podcast titled "Iggy
BBC 6 Music every Friday at 19.00 UK time.
Based on Kai Grehn (de)'s German translation of Walt Whitman's
poetry cycle in 2005, a radio drama and bilingual double-CD audio book
"Kinder Adams/Children of Adam" was released by Hörbuch Hamburg in
2014, including a complete reading by Iggy Pop.
Iggy Pop had a starring role as Vicious in the Björn
Tagemose-directed silent film Gutterdämmerung opposite Grace Jones,
Henry Rollins and Lemmy.
Iggy Pop was featured in the Rammstein
Rammstein in Amerika.
Iggy Pop was featured as a main subject in the documentary
Danny Says starring alongside Danny Fields, Alice Cooper, Judy
Collins, Wayne Kramer,
Jac Holzman and more. In the same year,
Iggy Pop starred in Toby Tobias' thriller Blood Orange in which he
plays an ageing rock star. Also during 2016,
Jim Jarmusch directed
Gimme Danger, a documentary movie about the band. On June 22,
2016, Stooges guitarist James Williamson made an official statement
saying that the Stooges are no more:
The Stooges is over. Basically, everybody's dead except Iggy and I. So
it would be sort-of ludicrous to try and tour as Iggy and the Stooges
when there's only one Stooge in the band and then you have side guys.
That doesn't make any sense to me.
Williamson also added that touring had become boring, and trying to
balance the band's career as well as Iggy Pop's was a difficult
task. Also in 2016, he participated, with
Michel Houellebecq and
others, in Erik Lieshout's documentary To Stay Alive: A Method.
Iggy Pop appeared in
Song to Song directed by Terrence
Malick, opposite Michael Fassbender.
The Passenger was the putative name for a biographical film about Iggy
Pop's early career with the Stooges. The film was to be directed by
Nick Gomez, and
Elijah Wood was to play Iggy Pop. As of
2010[update], the project appears to have been shelved.
Iggy Pop liked the script but refused to take part in the film. He
The script ain't chopped liver... It was a work of art. But
subjectively, I don't want to be involved in any way. A producer and
the writer sent me a very decent letter and asked me to write back if
I didn't want them to do it... I don't feel negative about it at all.
He also called Wood "a very poised and talented actor".
In 1995, an established journal of classical scholarship, Classics
Ireland, published Iggy Pop's reflections on the applicability of
Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire to the modern
world in a short article, Caesar Lives, (Vol. 2, 1995). Iggy
Pop also relates how reading Gibbon while on tour in the Southern
United States inspired him to a spontaneous soliloquy he called
Iggy Pop lives near the Atlantic coast, south of Miami, Florida.
He has been married three times: to Wendy Weissberg (for several weeks
in 1968, the marriage was annulled shortly thereafter),[citation
needed] to Suchi Asano (1984–1999), and most recently, to his
longtime partner Nina Alu. He has a son, Eric Benson, born in
In the 1990s,
Iggy Pop developed a friendship with Johnny Depp, Jim
Jarmusch, and tattoo artist Jonathan Shaw. According to Shaw, the four
wore matching rings depicting a skull, and all but
Iggy Pop received a
similar skull-and-crossbones tattoo.
See also: The_Stooges § Influence
In the movie Velvet Goldmine,
Ewan McGregor portrays Curt Wilde, a
character loosely based on Iggy Pop. McGregor
performs the Stooges songs "TV Eye" and "Gimme Danger" in the film. In
the 2013 film CBGB
Foo Fighters drummer
Taylor Hawkins portrays Iggy
Pop in the late 1970s. In the
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. video game series, the
character Iggy Koopa was named after him. In the game Yoshi's New
Island, for the Nintendo 3DS, the minigame "Eggy Iggy Pop" is also
named after him. The late 1970s punk and Iggy Pop
influenced Dunedin band The Enemy recorded Iggy Told Me. The character
Iggy from the Japanese manga and anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
is named after him. James O'Barr fashioned the
character Funboy in "The Crow" after Iggy Iggy Pop.
Iggy Pop discography and
The Stooges discography
with the Stooges
The Stooges (1969)
Fun House (1970)
Raw Power (1973)
The Weirdness (2007)
Ready to Die (2013)
with James Williamson
Kill City (1977)
The Idiot (1977)
Lust for Life (1977)
New Values (1979)
Zombie Birdhouse (1982)
Brick by Brick
Brick by Brick (1990)
American Caesar (1993)
Naughty Little Doggie
Naughty Little Doggie (1996)
Avenue B (1999)
Beat 'Em Up
Beat 'Em Up (2001)
Skull Ring (2003)
Iggy Pop Depression (2016)
Awards and nominations
Iggy Pop has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental
Post Pop Depression
Best Alternative Music Album
Golden Globe Awards
Iggy Pop has been nominated together with Brian "Danger
Mouse" Burton for a
Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award in the category Best Original
Song – Motion Picture for their song "Gold" in Stephen Gaghan's film
In 2017, shortly after his 70th birthday,
Iggy Pop was made a
Commander of the
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Consul
Miami on behalf of the French government.
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