Happy Birthday Iggy Pop: His Top 10 Solo Cuts

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Today Iggy Pop turns 64, and the current and former James Newell Osterberg, Jr. is still making people a fraction of his age look and sound like croaking senior citizens.

Blessed with a tolerance of life that probably rivals only that of Lemmy and Keith Richards, the man continues to play with the legendary Stooges, most recently for a tribute to late member Ron Asheton in Detroit, which we would have sold half our record collection to be at. Seriously, Henry Rollins even sang with them on "I Got A Right."

Of anyone in the Detroit rock scene and the later punk revolution those Motor City cats would help usher in, no one would have expected Pop to live this long, but his hearty stock has made him now an elder statesmen of rock and roll.

For his age, he still looks pretty handsome too, though he probably feels like an iguana to the touch now. Fun fact: his first band was called The Iguanas, and he was the drummer, which explains the percussive quality of his live performances.

Our earliest memories of Iggy Pop can be traced back to his cover of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Real Wild Child" on the Problem Child soundtrack. Yeah, that's not as cool as getting a hand-me-down copy of Raw Power on vinyl from your older brother or father, but it did the job. After that, we noticed him as Nona's dad, Mr. Mecklenberg, on The Adventures Of Pete & Pete on Nickelodeon. He hated canoes.

As we got older, we became immersed in all things Stooges, after hearing the band on other movie soundtracks, the random story in Rolling Stone and various British music magazines, and the testimonials of other rock legends who would name-drop them in interviews.

The first Stooges album we bought with our own money was Raw Power, with that bloody, gnarly mix from 1996 that Pop unleashed on the post-grunge world. The deal was sealed.


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Gaff in a Head Act
Gaff in a Head Act

I thought I was the biggest Iggy fan on Earth--how did I not know his birthday? So thank you for this retrospective.

Lust for Life was the best LP ever made, bar none -- it even gave a fading Bowie credibility 'cause he co-produced it. Of course, the title cut (w/ Tony Sales's killer drumming) has been sampled for Carnival Cruise Lines commercials, of all things. If anyone at work questioned my ring tone, I'd say I love Carnival Cruises! "Some Weird Sin" and "Sweet 16?" Anthems for my youth!!!!!!!

Gaff etc
Gaff etc

ooops I meant "Now I Wanna Be Your Dog" -- "Sweet 16" IS some weird sin.

OK, back to Iggy: sure, he did some heroin, but swimming 5 miles in the ocean every day helped rejuvenate his body. What a dynamo that guy is. And I'm not even touching his propensity to flash onstage, so to speak.

simplyrick
simplyrick

He's worth a million in prizes...

rick roberts
rick roberts

The concerts at the Agora in Cleveland and Columbus for the "Idiot" tour in about 1977 or so were killer. Bowie on keyboard, plus the Sales brothers. Opening act - Blondie...

He was more about the Cleveland - New York scene than Michigan. Think original early punk themes from Velvet Underground / MC5 / NY Dolls / etc., but he was in his own category, one originated by him and the Stooges...

Paultvani
Paultvani

Craig, Yr list really illustrates just how MANY good Iggy songs there are... I would also say that The Idiot and Lust For Life are just as good as the Stooges albums, just different.

Avenue B, Home, China Girl, Fire Girl, Tiny Girls, Tonight, Five Foot One, Spainish Coast, Candy and... Fall In Love With Me, which should be the last song you play every night!

Denny Angelle
Denny Angelle

Oh yes ... Iggy is the greatest. We saw the Stooges play four songs at a Waterloo Records in-store in 2007 and even THAT was epic. R.I.P. Ron Asheton, and long live Iggy.

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