Biographic by Steve McGarry for February 11, 2007
Iggy Pop The Wildest man in the history of rock was born James Newell Osterberg, Jr. On April 21, 1947 in Muskegon, Michigan after playing drums in a band called The Iguanas, he adopted the stage name Iggy Pop, dropped out of University, and formed The Psychedelic Stooges, taking on frontman duties. By the time of their 1969 debut album, the band was called The Stooges, after the group disbanded in the early 1970s, he was befriended by David Bowie, who was at the height of his "Ziggy Stardust" fame. It proved to be the pivotal point in Iggy Pop career. Bowie produced the 1973 "Raw Powder" album with a reunited Stooges. When the group disbanded once more, Bowie and Iggy relocated to Berlin, where DAvid helped write and produce the classic Iggy Pop albums "The Idiot" and "Lust for Life" and Iggy sang backing vocals on Bowie's "Low" album When Iggy's career was in the Doldrums in the early 1980's Bowie's chart success with such joint compositions as "China Girl" provided Iggy with an income steam. Following a lengthy layoff a rejuvenated Iggy returned with the album "Blah Blah Blah" he also began to make forays into acting, and subsequent credits have included the movies "The Color of Money" "Cry-Baby" and "Tank Girl" as well as such TV shows as "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." He even voiced a baby in 1998's "The Rugrats Movie" In recent years, he has performed with The Stooges again, and has collaborated with Artists from white Zombie to Sum 41 and Green Day. Thanks to the inclusion of the track "Lust for Life" in the 1995 cult movie "Trainspotting" and it's regular use on TV commercials and soundtracks, new generations of fans continue to discover the music of punk's founding father, the Legendary Iggy Pop.