By: Ray Hidalgo
It takes all kinds of odd body mannerisms for CGI animators to be inspired enough to use you as a model for Gollum from Lord of the Rings. But to Iggy Pop, odd is a good thing. Today he turns 66 and in that time, he emerged from childhood in a Muskegon, Mich. trailer park to fronting The Stooges; the band that Rolling Stone called the 78th Greatest Artist of all time in 2011.
On paper, Pop’s accomplishments have earned him the distinction as the ‘Father of Punk.’ On stage, however, there are sometimes no words to explain the chaos the he brings.
In the wake of many shows, Pop would leave trails of blood, peanut butter, and hamburger meat in the immediate vicinity of the stage where he would jump into the crowd. And though he swore off of the stunt in 2010, the concept of stagediving is usually attributed to him.
Pop, Ron and Scott Asheton, and Dave Alexander formed the Psychedelic Stooges in 1967 and provided a sharp, edgy contrast to the flower power and peace overtones that were dominating the airwaves. Eventually shortening their name to the Stooges, the quartet would go on to pound a new guttural style into the rocksphere with gritty tracks like “Down in the Street” and “Search and Destroy”. However, the Stooges soon succumbed to the temptation of drugs and the public was mildly receptive at best. It was the end of the road for the band, and in 1977, Pop kicked off his own career and channeled his talents from the heyday of the Stooges into several successful solo records.
In 2003, however, Iggy reignited the wick and brought the Stooges back together to record four tracks on his solo album. With the exception of the late Ron Asheton and the addition of guitarist James Williamson, the Stooges (now Iggy and the Stooges) haven’t stopped recording with Pop since. With a new album called Ready to Die coming out on April 30, Pop has returned to his role of notorious punk rock frontman.
“This is my teenage dream, having a band that makes records and plays gigs,” Pop recently told Rolling Stone. “That's still the glory of it, and I wanted to honor the institution and honor the group."
Happy Birthday, Iggy! We can’t wait for your next release!