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Iggy Pop

Iggypop

Miami Vice Performer
Born
April 21, 1947, Muskegon, Michigan
Active
1967-present


James Newell Osterberg, Jr. (born April 21, 1947, Muskegon, Michigan) is an American singer-songwriter known as Iggy Pop, whose songs "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" ("Killshot"), "Winners & Losers" ("Blood & Roses") and "Cold Metal" ("Bad Timing") appeared in the show Miami Vice.

CareerEdit

Iggy Pop began his career in several Michigan high school bands, one of which was called The Iguanas (from which he took his stage name) until 1968 when he formed the Stooges. During this time he began the practice of "stage-diving"--jumping off the stage into the crowd. The Stooges recorded their first two solo albums, neither of which sold well, and the group disbanded in 1970 due to Pop's growing heroin addiction. In 1971 Pop met David Bowie, and he produced an album for the reformed Stooges, but the band broke up for good in 1975, and Pop went solo, but reunited with Bowie, toured with him, then both went into rehab to deal with their drug addictions, after which Bowie and Pop co-wrote songs for Pop's first two solo albums (one of which, "China Girl", would be covered by Bowie in 1983). In the 1980s Pop released five albums, but it wasn't until after "China Girl" was released by Bowie that Pop made a comeback. His 1986 album Blah Blah Blah (featuring "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" and "Winners & Losers"--co-written by Steve Jones) launched a successful tour. In 1990 his album Brick by Brick featured Pop's only Billboard Top 40 single, "Candy" (duet with B-52's singer Kate Pierson), reaching #28 in 1991. Pop also contributed songs to the movies Repo Man, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, and Trainspotting. Pop released seven more solo albums from 1990-2009, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 (along with The Stooges). In 2011 Pop performed "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" on American Idol, Pop being described by the Los Angeles Times as "still magnetic, still disturbing". In 2016 Pop recorded an album with Queens of the Stone Age member Josh Homme called Post Pop Depression with a tour following.

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