Punk Legend – James Osterberg (Iggy Pop)


The overwhelming influence of Iggy Pop on the punk scene is undisputed. Although the Velvets, and later the Ramones, defined the terms to this emerging genre of music, Iggy is justly glorified as the “Godfather of Punk.”

Iggy’s early days with the Stooges laid the foundation for the musical anarchists, imitators, and wanna-be rebels who eschewed the prevailing pop music formula. The late 60’s were ripe for all kinds of revolution, and for some, the Beatles and the Stones weren’t up to the task anymore. Stooge’s anthems like “T.V. Eye” and “Raw Power” were a violent sonic wake-up call to the musical establishment.

Iggy was a true individualist (a trait that is sorely absent in modern times). On stage, he would smear his body with peanut butter and carve bloody lines into his naked chest. Iggy danced the precarious high-wire between insanity and circus act. He was the embodiment of heroin chic before it was hijacked by the fashion industry.

While Iggy was in the Stooges, he formed a working relationship with David Bowie. They ventured to communist-era East Berlin to soak up the sights and sounds of post-modern industrialism (a throwback to Iggy’s Detroit upbringing). The albums that followed evidenced the bitter and unforgiving dystopian society that influenced Iggy at the time. The Passenger is my favorite track from this era. Check out the clip.

Iggy made an appearance on The Dinah Shore show with Bowie. I am certain the producer who scheduled this appearance was given a dressing down of sorts. Iggy explained to Dinah about how his teeth started falling out after he started performing. Dinah asked if it “was from eating too much candy.” Comedy gold. Dig how Bowie is desperately trying to control his Iggy’s media image (unsuccessfully) from an adjacent seat.

Blokes like Iggy would never make it in the contemporary music scene. Free-thinkers and risk-takers are relegated to the indy circuit (where few minds can be influenced). It is quite a shame really. That is why Johnnypeepers lives in the yesteryear with his extensive vinyl collection and endless supply of powders.

“Punk Rock” is a word used by dilettantes and heartless manipulators about music that takes up the energies, and the bodies, and the hearts, and the souls, and the time, and the minds of young men who give what they have to it, and give everything they have to it. It is a term that is based on contempt. It is a term based on fashion, style, elitism, Satanism, and everything that is rotten about rock and roll ~ Iggy Pop

5 Responses to “Punk Legend – James Osterberg (Iggy Pop)”

  1. 1 msmilie
    March 4, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Word. I was digging Fun House the other night. Great record. All three records were great. Not sure which one is my favorite. The Elektra/Rhino 2-disc reissues are very good. Also,if you can find a cheap copy, the Rhino Handmade “Fun House Sessions” is also a great set.

  2. March 4, 2008 at 9:11 am

    “Raw Power” and “Now I Wanna Be Your Dog” are without a doubt on my top 50 songs of all time list.

    Also, let’s give Iggy Kudos for his performance of The Adventures of Pete and Pete, as well as The Crow 2.

  3. March 5, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    What a shame you don’t live in Sydney because you would probably love my hubby’s CD shop. Iggy is big among his customers. I love him too. My fave song – ‘Down On The Street.’

    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    I plan to visit it in the future Selma. My favorite Iggy track right now is “Play it Safe” off the album “Soldier.”

  4. April 24, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Jesus is the King, Hes the Son of God the king of Angels. I started believing in Christianity in 1987. He was Jewish. Try to forgive and love all Jew for his name sake. In fact if you win the lottery give away $5000 a week to the messianic Jews in the country of Isreal. The Messiah is who Jesus is to believe that and have that religion is “messianic”. Jesus Christ said hes Immortal he lives forever. He left to heaven to outer space about 2008 years when his age was about 33. When he returns he will set up the twelve Hebrew tribes of Iseal as royalty. He will have the power to raise the dead back to life especially if they are criogenically frozen at the time of death. Make some inexpensive crio caskets that stay at -10 farenhight. Sell them to people who want it. There is a Law in the U.S that says all frozen human corpses have to have a docter on call every day.

    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    Thanks for your comment Scott. Unfortunately, I cannot advocate giving money to self-loathing imbeciles who reject their cultural and religious heritage, the Talmud, and the Torah. According to a reputable and disinterested organization, the Anti-Defamation League says this:

    Jews for Jesus, the leading organization dedicated to converting Jews to Christianity, has long been a concern because of its aggressive proselytizing with a deceptive message: that Jews who accept Jesus as the son of God and their savior remain Jewish.


    On your other suggestion, I will immediately investigate the mass purchase of a cryogenic freeze tanks for widespread distribution. I know a chiropractor who lives down the street from me. I am sure he would more than willing to be on call so I can satisfy the statutory requirement. Thank you for you for the information Scott.

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Johnny Peepers

----> is a socio-pathetic degenerate with a penchant for cheap booze, ruphy-laden broads, and dim sum soup.


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