Iggy Pop in the most incredible and crazy facts
Iggy Pop - American rock vocalist, one of the pioneers and gurus of alternative rock. He deserves the title godfather of punk rock and grunge, and influential music publications call him living legend.
However, Pop is known not only for his musical prowess and compelling stage presence, but also for his wild antics – and not just offstage. Throughout his career, substance use has been an integral part of his lifestyle. As a result, Iggy and the band "The Stooges" became one of the most infamous figures in history who shocked the conservative public.
He got into a fight with bikers during a 1974 show.
This sad and at the same time crazy story happened in 1974 year when "The Stooges" performed in Warren, Michigan. For about 45 minutes the band played "Louie Louie" by Richard Berry. At the same time, the original text was replaced with vulgar insults directed towards bikers. This soon infuriated the public. After that, a far from sober Pop jumped off the stage and took one of the bikers by the breasts. The madness has begun...
A truly spectacular 1973 show
Promoting the release of their third album Raw Power in 1973, "The Stooges" played four nights at the club "Max's Kansas City" in New York. This place was widely known for being frequented Andy Warhol and other prominent figures in the New York art scene. However, one evening, Iggy eclipsed everyone ... with his blood. From the recollections of an eyewitness:
“At some point, Iggy started running around the tables. All the tables were lined with glasses of alcohol, and then he suddenly fell ... All the glass shattered, and Iggy Pop fell right into these fragments. There were a lot of them, so much so that his body was instantly covered with many wounds. We were worried and started suggesting that he stop the show. But he refused. Pop continued to perform, and we were all left in amazement.”
In hospital Iggy went only the next day. The doctor stitched him up, commenting that the wounds were really very deep.
He fed his girlfriend's dogs sedatives
Early 1970s American fashion model and singer Bibi Buell was Iggy Pop's girlfriend. The musician often stayed with her overnight, cooked breakfasts and even cleaned the house, which sounds like fantastic! Iggy also took care of Bibi's two dogs, and the girl was sure that she could completely rely on her boyfriend. But one day, Pop brought her to a state of horror.
Buell went to the shooting and asked Iggy sit with her pets. He gladly agreed. Returning home late at night, the girl was so tired that she stretched out on the bed and fell asleep. But after a few moments, she was awakened by water seeping through the ceiling. She ran upstairs to find Iggy in the overflowing tub with her two dogs! All three showed no signs of life. After bringing Pop back to consciousness, Bibi finally got him to answer the question of what had happened:
"I just gave them some sedatives," Pop muttered.
We were talking about serious drugs, so Bibi immediately grabbed the dogs and took them to the emergency room. There, the doctors assured her that the animals just needed to sleep.
He threw a watermelon into the crowd and gave a fan a concussion
It was a hot day when "The Stooges" preparing for a performance on Lake St. Clair. The band were eating watermelons backstage and when the moment came they hurried to the stage. Iggy hesitated, but eventually joined his colleagues, but not empty-handed: he went up to the stage with a whole watermelon in his hands, which in a moment flew safely into the crowd. The giant berry hit the fan right in the head and caused a concussion.
It is also noteworthy that this was the first concert Scott Thurston with The Stooges.
He "treated" fans with peanut butter
Iggy Popa can rightfully be called a showman, because his manner of interacting with the public is priceless. Yes, during the show "The Stooges" at the 1970 Cincinnati Festival, Pop jumped off the stage into the crowd.
One of the fans handed him a jar of peanut butter, which quickly found a use: first, Iggy threw butter into the crowd, and then smeared it with it, making heart-rending screams.
He went to the toilet right on stage
Day July 3, 1973 forever entered the history of rock as the most bizarre. That day Iggy was as aggressive as ever. But that's when everyone realized that throwing watermelon and spa treatments using peanut butter is not the craziest thing you can expect from this person. Pop went to the toilet right on stage. And it was not an accident - he specially chose a place for this business behind the amplifiers. Marshall. Dressed only in swimming trunks and knee-high boots, he ran for the combos and immediately got down to business. When he finished, he ran out from behind the amplifiers and began to throw the results of his absence into the crowd.
He had an affair with a schoolgirl
For the first time Iggy married in 1968 year, aged 21 years old. His chosen one was Wendy Weisberg. However, their union lasted about a month, after which the couple divorced. From the memoirs of Pop himself, he was very happy about this:
“I was free again. I could roam the streets like before!”
In this period Iggy began to communicate closely with teenagers, trying to understand what they were interested in, in order to apply their knowledge in new tracks. Yes, he met Betsy:
“I have never seen anything like it. She was very pretty. She was the exact opposite of my wife - blond, white as snow. She was thirteen, and she looked at me shrewdly…”