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Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop (born James Newell Osterberg, Jr.; April 21, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and occasional actor. Iggy Pop is considered an influential innovator of punk rock, hard rock, and other styles of rock music. Pop began calling himself Iggy after his first band in high school (for which he was drummer), The Iguanas. As such, he is also occasionally referred to as “the Iguana”. Iggy Pop is widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of all time.

Iggy Pop was the lead singer of The Stooges, a late 1960s/early 1970s rock band who were influential in the development of the nascent hard rock and punk rock genres. The Stooges became infamous for their live performances, during which it was not uncommon for Pop (who traditionally performs bare-chested) to self-mutilate, verbally abuse the audience, expose himself and leap off the stage (the first or among the first to stage dive). The Stooges were unsuccessfully nominated seven times to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before they were inducted as part of the cohort in 2010.

Pop’s popularity has ebbed and flowed throughout the course of his subsequent solo career. His best-known solo songs include “Lust for Life”, “Nightclubbing”, “I’m Bored”, “Real Wild Child”, the Top 40 hit “Candy” (with vocalist Kate Pierson of The B-52′s), “China Girl” and “The Passenger”.

History
Formation (1967–1968)

Iggy Pop (born James Newell Osterberg) played in several Ann Arbor-area bands as a teenager, including The Iguanas and later The Prime Movers. The Prime Movers nicknamed Osterberg “Iggy” in reference to his earlier band.

Osterberg was first inspired to form the Stooges after meeting blues drummer Sam Lay during a visit to Chicago. He returned to Detroit with the idea that simply copying established blues performers was not enough – he wanted to create a whole new form of blues music. Brothers Ron (guitar) and Scott Asheton (drums) and their friend Dave Alexander (bass guitar) rounded out the rest of the band, with Osterberg taking vocal duties. Osterberg was drawn to Ron Asheton after seeing him perform in a covers band, The Chosen Few, believing “I’ve never met a convincing musician that didn’t look kind of ill and kind of dirty, and Ron had those two things covered!” The three nicknamed Osterberg “Pop” after a local character whom Osterberg resembled. Shortly after witnessing an MC5 concert in Ann Arbor, Osterberg began using the stage name Iggy Pop, a name that he has used ever since.

The band’s debut was at a Halloween concert at their house in State Street in 1967. They did not play live again until January 1968. During this early period, the Stooges were originally billed as the “Psychedelic Stooges” at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan, and other venues, where they played with the MC5 and others. At one of their early Grande Ballroom performances, Asheton’s guitar neck separated from the body and forced the band to shut down during the opening song, “I Wanna Be Your Dog”.

The group’s early sound was very different from their later music; critic Edwin Pouncey writes:

“ The Stooges’ early musical experiments were more avant garde than punk rock, with Pop incorporating such household objects as a vacuum cleaner and a blender into an intense wall of feedback that one observer described as sounding like “an airplane was landing in the room.” Homemade instruments were also incorporated to flesh out the overall sound. The ‘Jim-a-phone’ involved pushing feedback through a funnel device which was raised and lowered to achieve the best effect. There was also a cheap Hawaiian guitar which Pop and guitarist Ron Asheton would take turns in plucking to produce a simulated sitar drone, while drummer Scott Asheton pounded away at a set of oil drums with a ball hammer.

Discography

Studio Albums

1969 The Stooges – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/iggy-pop-the-stooges/

1970 Fun House – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/iggy-pop-fun-house/

1973 Raw Power – coming soon 25/11/2011

Skull Ring – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/iggy-pop-skull-ring/

Beat Em Up – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/iggy-pop-beat-em-up/

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