Iggy Pop (born James Newell Osterberg, Jr. on April 21, 1947 in Muskegon, Michigan, USA) is an American rock singer, songwriter, and occasional actor.
Although he has had only limited commercial success, Iggy Pop is considered one of the most important innovators of punk rock and related styles. He is sometimes referred to by the nicknames "the Godfather of Punk" and "the Rock Iguana", and is widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of rock. In addition to his solo work and time with The Stooges, he has also collaborated with well-known musicians including David Bowie.
Iggy Pop was the lead singer of The Stooges, a late 1960s/early 1970s garage rock band who were highly influential in the development of the nascent heavy metal and punk rock. The Stooges became infamous for their live performances in which Iggy Pop leapt off the stage (thus inventing the "stage dive"), smeared raw meat and on one occasion peanut butter over his chest and cut himself with broken bottles. Many subsequent performers have imitated his antics. Although he would never revisit the primal vitality of his days with The Stooges, Iggy Pop has had varying degrees of success in his 25 years as a solo artist. His best-known songs include "Lust for Life", "I'm Bored", "Real Wild Child", the Top 40 hit "Candy", and "The Passenger".