5 Things You Didn’t Know about Iggy Pop

When Iggy Pop, the Godfather of Punk, stalks onstage April 19 at the Fillmore Miami Beach, he’ll treat fans to an extended taste of his new solo album, “Post Pop Depression,” his first in four years, featuring the singles “Break Into Your Heart” and “Gardenia.”

And of course, the 68-year-old rock legend, born James Newell Osterberg Jr. in Muskegon, Mich.,  will break out the classics, from his time with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame proto-punk band The Stooges (“I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “Search and Destroy,” “No Fun.” “1969”) to solo work including “Lust For Life,” “Candy,” “The Passenger” and “Real Wild Child.”

The ageless and shirtless wonder will be joined by Queens of the Stone Age founder, singer, guitarist and songwriter Joshua Homme, who co-wrote and produced “Post Pop Depression,” set to hit the streets March 16.

Not much of this will come as a surprise to fans of the Iggster, so we thought they might like to dig a little deeper before catching his show at the Fillmore.

Here, then, are five things you might not have known about Iggy Pop:

1. He’s lived in Miami for more than two decades, since 1995.

Yes, amid the delicious dichotomy of glamour and grit that makes up the Magic City, the rock icon who loves to walk around barefoot fits right in, doing “regular-guy” things like shopping at Whole Foods in Pinecrest, one of his favorite haunts (he credits the move to Miami for helping him regain his physical vitality and health after years of drug abuse) and hitting up Santeria stores for colorful cultural knickknacks.

 

2. Pop has been doing his part to promote the Miami art scene. . .

… having been a champion of the coolest record store in South Florida, Wynwood’s Sweat Records (that’s his face on its outdoor mural Wall of Idolatry, alongside Prince, Morrissey, Daft Punk and many others), almost since its beginnings in 2005. He’s performed at fundraisers for the store, often helped out during Record Store Day and even lent his image to Sweat Records T-shirts. He’s also a regular participant – and performer – at the annual Art Basel Miami fair.

3. The original Real Wild Child is infamous for his outrageous stage antics…

… including rolling around in broken glass (shirtless, as usual), exposing himself to the audience and even vomiting. Pop’s mind first became open to the idea of pushing boundaries onstage while watching an early show in 1967 by The Doors featuring Jim Morrison, who was apparently out of his mind on acid, flailing around and cursing out the crowd. Pop is also often credited with inventing stage diving, and has continued to partake in the act throughout his career even after suffering several bloody accidents. “Gimme Danger,” indeed.

4. Pop enjoyed a resurgence in popularity when his 1977 hit “Lust For Life” was featured in the groundbreaking 1996 film “Trainspotting.”

Based on the book by the notorious Irvine Welsh about a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh in the late ‘80s, the movie starred Ewan McGregor. The song also appeared in TV commercials for Royal Caribbean and is the unofficial theme song to the syndicated sports talk show “The Jim Rome Show.”

5. Pop had a lengthy friendship and working relationship with rock legend David Bowie, who died Jan. 10.

Bowie helped write Pop’s “Lust For Life,” which was ranked by Rolling Stone as No. 149 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”; while the two wrote Bowie’s 1983 hit “China Girl” together during their “Berlin” creative period in the late ‘70s (it first appeared on Pop’s debut solo album “The Idiot” in 1977). In Rolling Stone’s David Bowie memorial issue, Pop recalls: “You can see what I learned from David as a performer if you look at footage from the solo tour I did last year. I’m standing my ground — David knew how to do that. Keep your arms away from your torso. Put one foot forward. Sometimes a little bit of movement is better than a lot.”

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