Iggy Pop Biography
Born James Newell Osterberg, on April 21, 1947 in Ypsilanti, Michigan USA; in the late-'60s early-'70s Iggy Pop started out as a member of The Stooges the band that invented Punk-Rock genre; the group broke up in 1974 because Pop and most of the members were strung out on hard drugs.
Iggy Pop got some help from his friend David Bowie who produced his first
two solo albums, they moved to Berlin in 1976 and "The Idiot"
was released one year later, the record reached the #72 in U.S. Pop Albums
chart but Iggy Pop had more success in the British chart, his first album
included the song "China Girl" made famous by Bowie a decade
The second effort, "Lust For Life", was issued that same year.
Followed the 1978's live album titled "T.V. Eye" and 1979's "New Values".
Mr. Pop, as the New York Times refers to him, continued to collaborate with Bowie throughout the '80s releasing five album of new material and "Choice Cuts", a compilation of songs from early LPs; "Blah Blah Blah" contained two singles which entered the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart: "Cry For Love" and the cover version of "Real Wild Child".
In July of 1990 with "Brick By Brick", Pop released his best selling album to date, the record, which featured guitarist Slash from Guns N' Roses, generated three singles that cracked the top 20 of The Modern Rock chart: "Livin' On The Edge Of The Night" hit #16, "Home" rose to #2 and "Candy", with Kate Pierson of The B-52's, climbed into the top 5, the latter also broke The Billboard Hot 100.
The singer returned three years later with "American Caesar", it generated the Modern Rock charting single, "Wild America".
He released "Naughty Little Doggie" in March of 1996 and 1999's "Avenue B" to little commercial response.
Mr. Pop returned in the new millenium with "Beat 'Em Up" which was followed two years later, in November of 2003, by "Skull Ring", this album featured fresh collaborations with Sum 41 for the first single "Little Know It All" and with Green Day for two tracks "Private Hell" and "Supermarket".
Focusing more on Jazz arrangements, he returned in June 2009 with his next solo record, "Preliminaires", which debuted at #187 on The Billboard 200.
An album of 10 cover versions, titled "Après" followed in mid-2012.