Artist: Iggy Pop Bio

13 Apr 2006, 01:13  25,717,032  1,505,212

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

778,966
4,680,505
Lust For Life - Iggy Pop

Lust For Life

583,060
2,715,101
Nightclubbing - Iggy Pop

Nightclubbing

253,823
955,293
China Girl - Iggy Pop

China Girl

156,704
583,816
Candy - Iggy Pop

Candy

155,075
666,852
Sister Midnight - Iggy Pop

Sister Midnight

136,438
450,562
Some Weird Sin - Iggy Pop

Some Weird Sin

134,777
493,051
Funtime - Iggy Pop

Funtime

133,202
464,029
Sixteen - Iggy Pop

Sixteen

128,941
473,094
Tonight - Iggy Pop

Tonight

125,998
454,071
Success - Iggy Pop

Success

123,630
399,408
Fall In Love With Me - Iggy Pop

Fall In Love With Me

92,644
307,012
Neighborhood Threat - Iggy Pop

Neighborhood Threat

88,419
296,478
Turn Blue - Iggy Pop

Turn Blue

86,858
261,209
I Wanna Be Your Dog - Iggy Pop

I Wanna Be Your Dog

83,451
345,292
Baby - Iggy Pop

Baby

81,893
281,078
Real Wild Child - Iggy Pop

Real Wild Child

81,792
283,773
Dum Dum Boys - Iggy Pop

Dum Dum Boys

79,777
279,827
Tiny Girls - Iggy Pop

Tiny Girls

73,168
244,784
Gardenia - Iggy Pop

Gardenia

69,063
268,408
I'm Bored - Iggy Pop

I'm Bored

65,143
206,911
Mass Production - Iggy Pop

Mass Production

64,307
206,858
Cry For Love - Iggy Pop

Cry For Love

56,680
214,531
Home - Iggy Pop

Home

51,526
143,625
Break Into Your Heart - Iggy Pop

Break Into Your Heart

49,073
188,637
Gimme Danger - Iggy Pop

Gimme Danger

44,467
156,024
Wild America - Iggy Pop

Wild America

43,832
123,775
Cold Metal - Iggy Pop

Cold Metal

40,969
116,950
Louie Louie - Iggy Pop

Louie Louie

40,913
144,049
Sunday - Iggy Pop

Sunday

40,010
156,938
No Fun - Iggy Pop

No Fun

37,558
120,652
AMERICAN VALHALLA - Iggy Pop

AMERICAN VALHALLA

37,084
134,013
Little Know It All - Iggy Pop

Little Know It All

34,342
178,528
I'm Sick of You - Iggy Pop

I'm Sick of You

32,438
108,582
Five Foot One - Iggy Pop

Five Foot One

32,224
87,611
New Values - Iggy Pop

New Values

31,680
83,401
Girls - Iggy Pop

Girls

30,614
78,607
IN THE LOBBY - Iggy Pop

IN THE LOBBY

30,586
104,972
Kill City - Iggy Pop

Kill City

30,458
93,637
Tell Me A Story - Iggy Pop

Tell Me A Story

30,235
87,004
PARAGUAY - Iggy Pop

PARAGUAY

28,627
104,639
CHOCOLATE DROPS - Iggy Pop

CHOCOLATE DROPS

28,446
103,673
Vulture - Iggy Pop

Vulture

27,175
85,804
GERMAN DAYS - Iggy Pop

GERMAN DAYS

26,936
89,270
Bang Bang - Iggy Pop

Bang Bang

25,823
78,032
The Endless Sea - Iggy Pop

The Endless Sea

25,768
62,611
Pumpin' for Jill - Iggy Pop

Pumpin' for Jill

24,158
74,850
King Of The Dogs - Iggy Pop

King Of The Dogs

23,886
91,262