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Iggy Pop Biography

Last updated: 10/15/2007 12:00:00 PM

Born James Newell Osterberg on April 21.

Formed a highschool band called the Iguanas, where he played the drums.

He made his vinyl debut with Iguanas' single "Mona"/"I don't know why."
Started playing drums in the Prime Movers Blues Band.

Spent 8 month in Chicago, listening to, playing, and living with blues. This period made him realize that he didn't have the licks where he was gonna imitate them successfully.

Formed the Psychedelic Stooges with the Ashetons. Then recuited the bassist Dave Alexander, who had played the bass for the Dirty Shames.
The first gig was held on Halloween, Oct. 31.

In October, the Psychedelic Stooges signed the Elektra Records.

They chose John Cale (ex Velvet Underground) for their producer. In June, they recorded their debut album at Hit Factory, NYC. They only had five songs to record when they come to NYC. So Ron composed "not right" & "little doll" in an hour. Since Cale's mix disappointed Iggy, Jac Holzman remixed it.

They released their self-titled debut LP THE STOOGES at the end of August. (They removed Psychedelic from their name at the same time.)

They recorded their 2nd album in Elektra Studio, L.A. with the producer, Don Galucci. Recorded almost _live_ with a PA, it captured their rawness and power.

Just after the recording, they played in the Cincinnati Pop Festival on June 13, and made the 1st major TV appearance. Iggy's self-destructive performance was so shocking.

Elektra fired the Stooges in June, and Iggy decided to break up the band.

Iggy had got new management in MainMan, and signed to Columbia in March.

In June, the Ashetons arrive in London and the reformed Stooges started reharsing. They also did their only European gig on July 15.