James Newell Osterberg is celebrating his 71st birthday today. You will know him…

Written by on April 21, 2018


James Newell Osterberg is celebrating his 71st birthday today. You will know him better as Iggy Pop. He became known as “Iggy” in high school, when he served as drummer for a local blues band, The Iguanas. He is best known as the vocalist of influential protopunk band The Stooges, and has been known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics. He is also a song writer and actor.

Here’s his words about who influenced him: “I attended two concerts by The Doors. The first one I attended was early on and they had not gotten their shit together yet. That show was a big, big, big influence on me. They had just had their big hit, “Light My Fire” and the album had taken off.[…] So, here’s this guy, out of his head on acid, dressed in leather with his hair all oiled and curled. The stage was tiny and it was really low. It got confrontational. I found it really interesting. I loved the performance […] Part of me was like, ‘Wow, this is great. He’s really pissing people off and he’s lurching around making these guys angry.’ People were rushing the stage and Morrison’s going ‘Fuck you. You blank, blank, blank.”’ You can fill in your sexual comments yourself. The other half of it was that I thought, ‘If they’ve got a hit record out and they can get away with this, then I have no fucking excuse not to get out on stage with my band.’ It was sort of the case of, ‘Hey, I can do that.’ There really was some of that in there.”

He boy did he.

Happy Birthday Iggy!!




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