(This page covers the career of Iggy Pop and his band The Stooges.)

James Newell Osterberg, Jr., better known by the stage name Iggy Pop (born April 21, 1947), is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. He is the vocalist of influential proto-punk band The Stooges (sometimes known as Iggy & The Stooges) (1967-1974) who reunited in 2003, and has been known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics. Pop's music has encompassed a number of styles over the course of his career, including garage rock, hard rock, new wave, jazz, art rock and blues.

Links To Peel

Peel was impressed with the Stooges debut album in 1969 and would play tracks from it on his shows. In later years, he would often play tracks from the band, as well as releases from Iggy Pop's solo career, which was helped by collaborations with David Bowie. On his special Punk show from 10 December 1976, Peel described the Stooges live album Metallic 'KO as uncompromising:

"If this had been a two-hour programme, I would probably have played you something from the LP 'Metallic K.O.', which is not easy to get hold of, but if you do, you'll find it's one of the most uncompromising LPs that you've ever heard, I think."

In his self-selected 1977 Festive Fifty, Peel chose Iggy Pop's 'Success' as his 28th favourite track of the year.

Both the Stooges and Iggy Pop were a huge influence on many artists played by Peel, especially in the punk era, as shown by notable cover versions of 'No Fun' by the Sex Pistols and '1970' (as 'I Feel Alright') by the Damned. In 2002, the DJ included the Bad Livers bluegrass cover of Pop's 'Lust For Life' in his FabricLive.07 mix album.

After Peel's death, Iggy Pop paid tribute to his influence in the 2014 John Peel Lecture:

"When I was a boy, I used to sit for hours suffering through the entire US radio top 40 waiting for that one song by the Beatles and the other one by the Kinks. Had there been anything like John Peel available in my Midwestern town I would have been thrilled. So it's an honor to be here. I understand that. I appreciate it."

Festive Fifty Entries

Shows Played

Iggy and the Stooges - I'm Sick Of You

Iggy and the Stooges - I'm Sick Of You

The Stooges

Iggy Pop - Success (HQ)

Iggy Pop - Success (HQ)

Iggy Pop


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Artist | Track | First Known Play

Iggy Pop

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