Happy Belated Birthday, Iggy Pop! (Please Don't Injure Yourself!)
James Newell Osterberg Junior, better-known to the world simply as Iggy Pop, is and will always be one of rock's most indelible icons, a man who literally put himself on the edge and defied his fans to get the better of him. Iggy, who was born April 21, 1947, could be considered a punk pioneer, and indeed, those insurgents who followed in his wake idolize him as much today as they did when he debuted with the Stooges toward the tail end of the '60s.
Signed to Elektra Records, once a folk label as well as home to the Doors, the band recorded two landmark albums, The Stooges and Fun House , the latter produced by the Velvet Underground's John Cale. Not surprisingly, neither sold well, but regardless, Iggy's image was quickly established.
Iggy would continue to make albums throughout the '80s, '90s, and into the new millennium, during which time he convened a successful Stooges reunion. However, it's his bizarre onstage behavior -- rolling over on broken glass, mutilating himself with sharp objects, and stage-diving into the audience -- that ensures his image forever. In 2010, he insisted that those antics were behind him, and yet his penchant for flinging himself into the crowd continues, even though it's less frequent. You have to admire a guy who puts himself on the edge, especially at his age. Hey, Iggy, you're a senior citizen now. Be careful how you abuse yourself!
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