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REAL NAME: James Newell Osterberg
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BIRTHDAY April 21, 1947
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Candy" (1991)
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BIGGEST LP: Brick By Brick (1990)
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Iggy Popbutton.gif (123 bytes) Iggy Pop was born James Newell Osterberg on April 21, 1947 in Michigan. His musical journey throughout the 70s, 80s, and even 90s led him to be known as one of the pioneers of punk-rock music. He began calling himself "Iggy" after his first band in high school, The Iguanas.

The 1970's...

Iggy Pop - Lust For Lifebutton.gif (123 bytes) From 1969 to 1974, Iggy was the lead member of The Stooges. When the band broke up, Iggy opted for a solo music career. In 1977, Iggy got some help from his friend David Bowie who produced his first 2 solo LPs: The Idiot released in March and Lust For Life released in September. The Idiot included the track "China Girl" made famous by Bowie a decade later. Iggy closed out the decade with more rock music (the live LP T.V. Eye and New Values released in October, 1979) with a punk edge perfect for the developing "new wave" style of music.

The 1980's...

Iggy Pop - Blah Blah Blahbutton.gif (123 bytes) Iggy continued his musical ambitions into the early 80s with a new LP each year: Soldier (1980), Party (June, 1981), and Zombie Birdhouse, produced by Blondie's Chris Stein (1982). After taking some time off from music (with the exception of helping Bowie with his hit "China Girl"), Iggy returned in 1986 and with Bowie producing his LP, Blah, Blah, Blah released in October. Iggy had some success with the tracks "Cry For Love" and "Real Wild Child." In 1989, Iggy released Instinct which many considered more heavy metal than punk rock. In February, 1989, Iggy was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance ("Cold Money").

The 1990's...

Iggy Pop - Naughty Little Doggybutton.gif (123 bytes) Iggy entered the 90s by appearing in the film Cry Baby and with a new LP, Brick By Brick, produced by Don Was of Was (Not Was) and released in July, 1990. The LP eventually spawned a Top 20 pop hit: "Candy" with Kate Pierson of The B-52's. With heavy airplay of "Candy" on music video channels, a new generation of fans embraced Iggy's music and helped Brick By Brick climb the LP charts. Iggy could also be heard on the Cole Porter cover compilation LP Red Hot + Blue with his duet with Debbie Harry, "Well, Did You Evah!" Iggy released American Caesar in 1993 in June (and appeared in an episode of Tales From The Crypt) and Naughty Little Doggy in 1996.
Iggy Pop - Skull RingA hits compilation , Nude & Rude: The Best Of Iggy Pop, was also released. Rolling Stone said of Iggy: "...if Iggy had died ahead of schedule, he would just be another rock & roll martyr... instead, the fun house is still open for business..." Iggy appeared in The Crow: City Of Angels as "Curve." In 1997, Iggy could be seen acting in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and in June he could be seen in the hospital after a stage dive by Iggy ended up as a dislocated shoulder. Iggy was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film for "Lust For Life" (from Trainspotting). In 1998, Iggy released Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell. In May, Iggy was ranked # 83 on VH1: Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll (and # 85 on Rock On The Net's Poll). A live LP by Iggy, Sister Midnight was released at the end of July with recordings from 1977 in Ohio.


Iggy Pop - A Million In Prizes: The Anthologybutton.gif (123 bytes) In July, 2001, Iggy released Beat 'Em Up. In November, 2003, Iggy released Skull Ring. In July, 2005, A Million In Prizes: The Anthology was released. In December, 2008, the Rolling Stone: 'The Greatest Singers' includes Iggy at # 75. In June, 2009, Preliminaires was released (available for download at iTunes and Amazon-mp3) (Billboard peak: # 187 - Rolling Stone: 2 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone). In March, 2010, Iggy was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame with The Stooges.

button.gif (123 bytes) Iggy & The Stooges released Ready To Die in 2013.






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