Iggy and the Stooges
Iggy Pop, real name James Osterberg, has been a true rock and roll legend for over three decades. Often referred to as "The Godfather of Punk" and "The Rock Iguana", Iggy Pop actually began his musical career as a drummer in various bands around Ann Arbor, Michigan. After moving to Chicago so he could learn more about the blues, he eventually formed the Psychedelic Stooges and started calling himself Iggy. Inspired by both Chicago blues and louder, wilder bands such as the MC5 and the Sonics, this band of Iggy's soon became known as simply the Stooges, and history was soon to be made. After witnessing Jim Morrison's wild antics on stage with the Doors, Iggy Pop soon began to push the boundaries of stage performance himself. Although the Stooges studio albums did not sell particularly well, the songs themselves and the band's live performances proved to be vastly influential in the world of music. Besides appearing in 16 movies as an actor, the songs of Iggy Pop have also been included in 18 soundtracks, including Trainspotting, Pretty Woman, Crocodile Dundee 2 and Repo Man. Iggy Pop's song, "Lust For Life" has been used as the theme song for Carnival Cruise Lines for nine years as of this date. Iggy Pop reformed the Stooges in 2003 and they released an album of all new songs, The Weirdness.