Artist: Iggy Pop Bio

13 Apr 2006, 01:13  26,016,131  1,514,528

Iggy Pop


Iggy Pop (born James Newell Osterberg, Jr.; April 21, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Though widely known as an innovator and "godfather" of punk rock, Pop's music has encompassed a number of styles over the years, including pop, hard rock, jazz and blues. Pop became known as 'Iggy' in high school, during which time he served as drummer for local blues band The Iguanas. He is vocalist of influential proto-punk band The Stooges (Pop and the other surviving members of the group reunited in 2003), having become known, since the late 1960s, for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics.

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".

In 2010, The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Pop was the lead singer of The Stooges, a late 1960s/early 1970s band that featured brothers Ron and Scott Asheton and Dave Alexander and was highly influential in the development of hard rock. The debut album was produced by the Velvet Underground's John Cale. The band's "I Wanna Be Your Dog" is a garage punk standard.

Raw Power was first released in1973, perhaps the first record that could truly be called punk. It was the confluence of The Stooges ages, hormones, creativity, ability, experience, tastes, lack of supervision, contempt for authority and ambition that has made Raw Power one of the most influential albums of all time.

The Stooges were infamous for performances in which Pop leapt off the stage (hence, the "stage dive"), smeared raw meat or peanut butter over his chest and cut himself with broken bottles. A glimpse of the vibrating intensity of Iggy live can be seen in the Ramones movie "End of the Century." Guitarist James Williamson became a key collaborator, a partnership documented on the 1978 album Kill City.

In 25 years as a solo artist, Pop's best-known songs have included the thumping Lust for Life, to be heard on the soundtrack of the find-a-vein, shoot-it-up movie Trainspotting, I'm Bored and The Passenger (the latter based on a poem written by Jim Morrison). David Bowie played a key role in reinvigorating Pop's post-Stooges career and was a collaborator on the albums Lust for Life and The Idiot. Iggy may be under-rated as a songwriter. Bowie and Tina Turner covered his "Tonight". Bowie also put out his own version of "China Girl," while Grace Jones covered the icey "Nightclubbing".


Top Track "Iggy Pop"

The Passenger - Iggy Pop

The Passenger

785,839
4,739,428
Lust For Life - Iggy Pop

Lust For Life

588,400
2,752,065
Nightclubbing - Iggy Pop

Nightclubbing

255,379
964,368
China Girl - Iggy Pop

China Girl

157,523
588,495
Candy - Iggy Pop

Candy

156,296
673,394
Sister Midnight - Iggy Pop

Sister Midnight

138,012
456,887
Some Weird Sin - Iggy Pop

Some Weird Sin

135,573
496,631
Funtime - Iggy Pop

Funtime

133,979
468,400
Sixteen - Iggy Pop

Sixteen

129,671
476,482
Tonight - Iggy Pop

Tonight

126,702
457,588
Success - Iggy Pop

Success

124,275
402,054
Fall In Love With Me - Iggy Pop

Fall In Love With Me

93,717
311,317
Neighborhood Threat - Iggy Pop

Neighborhood Threat

88,959
299,022
Turn Blue - Iggy Pop

Turn Blue

87,369
263,151
I Wanna Be Your Dog - Iggy Pop

I Wanna Be Your Dog

83,585
345,857
Baby - Iggy Pop

Baby

82,529
283,961
Real Wild Child - Iggy Pop

Real Wild Child

81,891
284,471
Dum Dum Boys - Iggy Pop

Dum Dum Boys

80,419
283,560
Tiny Girls - Iggy Pop

Tiny Girls

73,676
247,359
Gardenia - Iggy Pop

Gardenia

69,751
272,819
I'm Bored - Iggy Pop

I'm Bored

65,534
208,845
Mass Production - Iggy Pop

Mass Production

64,838
209,118
Cry For Love - Iggy Pop

Cry For Love

56,927
215,746
Home - Iggy Pop

Home

51,678
144,231
Break Into Your Heart - Iggy Pop

Break Into Your Heart

49,540
191,877
Gimme Danger - Iggy Pop

Gimme Danger

44,540
156,319
Wild America - Iggy Pop

Wild America

44,008
124,446
Louie Louie - Iggy Pop

Louie Louie

41,189
145,173
Cold Metal - Iggy Pop

Cold Metal

41,050
117,355
Sunday - Iggy Pop

Sunday

40,433
159,699
No Fun - Iggy Pop

No Fun

37,603
120,880
AMERICAN VALHALLA - Iggy Pop

AMERICAN VALHALLA

37,496
136,316
Little Know It All - Iggy Pop

Little Know It All

34,823
180,358
I'm Sick of You - Iggy Pop

I'm Sick of You

32,650
109,231
Five Foot One - Iggy Pop

Five Foot One

32,384
88,208
New Values - Iggy Pop

New Values

31,812
83,911
IN THE LOBBY - Iggy Pop

IN THE LOBBY

30,866
106,554
Girls - Iggy Pop

Girls

30,738
79,073
Kill City - Iggy Pop

Kill City

30,552
93,930
Tell Me A Story - Iggy Pop

Tell Me A Story

30,368
87,576
PARAGUAY - Iggy Pop

PARAGUAY

29,099
106,953
CHOCOLATE DROPS - Iggy Pop

CHOCOLATE DROPS

28,948
106,006
Vulture - Iggy Pop

Vulture

27,427
87,026
GERMAN DAYS - Iggy Pop

GERMAN DAYS

27,173
90,595
The Endless Sea - Iggy Pop

The Endless Sea

26,263
63,972
Bang Bang - Iggy Pop

Bang Bang

26,009
78,692
Pumpin' for Jill - Iggy Pop

Pumpin' for Jill

24,217
75,235
King Of The Dogs - Iggy Pop

King Of The Dogs

23,947
92,810