Artist: Iggy Pop Bio

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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

797,217
4,833,562
Lust For Life - Iggy Pop

Lust For Life

597,209
2,807,348
Nightclubbing - Iggy Pop

Nightclubbing

258,046
977,551
China Girl - Iggy Pop

China Girl

158,819
595,666
Candy - Iggy Pop

Candy

158,467
684,522
Sister Midnight - Iggy Pop

Sister Midnight

140,052
464,547
Some Weird Sin - Iggy Pop

Some Weird Sin

136,807
502,728
Funtime - Iggy Pop

Funtime

135,148
473,724
Sixteen - Iggy Pop

Sixteen

130,815
481,948
Tonight - Iggy Pop

Tonight

127,898
463,374
Success - Iggy Pop

Success

125,291
406,262
Fall In Love With Me - Iggy Pop

Fall In Love With Me

95,422
318,088
Neighborhood Threat - Iggy Pop

Neighborhood Threat

89,807
302,838
Turn Blue - Iggy Pop

Turn Blue

88,189
266,234
I Wanna Be Your Dog - Iggy Pop

I Wanna Be Your Dog

83,786
346,720
Baby - Iggy Pop

Baby

83,431
287,815
Real Wild Child - Iggy Pop

Real Wild Child

82,001
285,324
Dum Dum Boys - Iggy Pop

Dum Dum Boys

81,406
287,729
Tiny Girls - Iggy Pop

Tiny Girls

74,454
250,617
Gardenia - Iggy Pop

Gardenia

70,869
280,132
I'm Bored - Iggy Pop

I'm Bored

66,231
211,946
Mass Production - Iggy Pop

Mass Production

65,650
212,333
Cry For Love - Iggy Pop

Cry For Love

57,407
217,780
Home - Iggy Pop

Home

51,947
145,263
Break Into Your Heart - Iggy Pop

Break Into Your Heart

50,319
196,641
Gimme Danger - Iggy Pop

Gimme Danger

44,719
156,853
Wild America - Iggy Pop

Wild America

44,256
125,310
Louie Louie - Iggy Pop

Louie Louie

41,654
146,817
Cold Metal - Iggy Pop

Cold Metal

41,208
117,913
Sunday - Iggy Pop

Sunday

41,151
163,875
AMERICAN VALHALLA - Iggy Pop

AMERICAN VALHALLA

38,151
139,754
No Fun - Iggy Pop

No Fun

37,660
121,138
Little Know It All - Iggy Pop

Little Know It All

35,668
183,254
I'm Sick of You - Iggy Pop

I'm Sick of You

33,016
110,227
Five Foot One - Iggy Pop

Five Foot One

32,616
89,247
New Values - Iggy Pop

New Values

32,066
84,817
IN THE LOBBY - Iggy Pop

IN THE LOBBY

31,315
108,727
Girls - Iggy Pop

Girls

30,946
79,878
Kill City - Iggy Pop

Kill City

30,708
94,380
Tell Me A Story - Iggy Pop

Tell Me A Story

30,581
88,504
PARAGUAY - Iggy Pop

PARAGUAY

29,901
110,380
CHOCOLATE DROPS - Iggy Pop

CHOCOLATE DROPS

29,823
109,606
Vulture - Iggy Pop

Vulture

27,807
88,760
GERMAN DAYS - Iggy Pop

GERMAN DAYS

27,555
92,379
The Endless Sea - Iggy Pop

The Endless Sea

27,051
66,279
Bang Bang - Iggy Pop

Bang Bang

26,306
79,766
Pumpin' for Jill - Iggy Pop

Pumpin' for Jill

24,320
75,786
King Of The Dogs - Iggy Pop

King Of The Dogs

24,077
93,252