Iggy & The Stooges: The Story - Wishevoke

Iggy & The Stooges: The Story

Iggy led the Stooges with a misanthropic, almost alien character, expressing the boredom, pain and anger felt by teenagers growing up in America in the ’60s. James Newell Osterberg, Jr., his real name, was in several school bands and one of them, the Iguanas, gave him the nickname Iggy.

When he dropped out of the University of Michigan and moved to Chicago, influenced by the blues and bands like the Doors, he formed the Psychedelic Stooges with a line-up: himself on vocals, Ron Asheton on guitar, his brother Scott Asheton on Drums and Dave Alexander on bass. Their first two albums “The Stooges” and “Fun House” were not particularly successful commercially, but they gave the musical things of the time a new twist and established punk. With a minor line-up change, with James Williamson taking over on guitar, the band released their final record, Raw Power, in 1973.

A feature of Stooges concerts has always been Iggy’s on-stage acting skills, which blow audiences away. Thanks to him, stage diving became established, while he often rubbed raw meat or even peanut butter on his chest or cut his skin with broken bottles. Many tried to imitate him, but only a few succeeded.

After the Stooges disbanded and their last live show ended ingloriously when they got into a fight with a biker gang, Iggy went on his own lonely but very successful path. He worked with Bowie, who took him on the “Station To Station” tour in 1976. In 1977 he recorded his first solo album (“Kill City”), followed by “TV Eye” (1978) with some live recordings, “New Values” (1979), which included the well-known “I’m Bored” and “Five Foot One” as well as the less successful “Soldier” (1980), “Party” (1981) and “Zombie Birdhouse” (1982). In 1986, influenced by New Wave and Bowie’s “Little Hand”, he released “Blah Blah Blah”, which also included “Real Wild Child”, while in 1990 Iggy recorded “Brick By Brick”, one of his most successful albums. with guest members from Guns N’ Roses and UB40. Recorded later, “Naughty Little Doggie” (1995), “Avenue B” (1999) and “Beat ‘Em Up” (2001) spawned several hits, including “Corruption.”

On his last record, Skull Ring (2003), Iggy worked with Asheton for the first time since 1974 and a new era for the Stooges began.

Iggy and the Stooges are recording a new album with songs by Steve Albini and Jack White, expected in 2007. Until then, we will enjoy them live on July 12th in the company of Puressence and Film!

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