Apr. 21st, 2017

beer_good_foamy: (Yes! Yes! Rawwwwwk!)
...better known as Iggy Pop. 70 today. Whodathunkit back when he invented crowdsurfing while everyone else was singing about peace and love?


Iggy is famously wild on stage (and, for a long time, off it). Just listen to Henry Rollins explain it (seriously, do, that clip is hilarious). There are always jokes about how Iggy Pop or Keith Richards (or, though not lately, Lemmy) are simply too tough to die, how they'll be the only survivors of WWIII, etc. I think that's wrong. I saw Iggy a few years ago on one of the last Stooges reunion tours. He was just as wild as ever, but early on in the show he tripped and fell - bad. He was clearly hurt, and for the rest of the show he limped or jumped on one leg. But he kept playing and didn't slow down for a second even when he was in obvious pain. The thing isn't that Iggy is immortal or invulnerable. It's that he's mortal and not afraid to get hurt.

Iggy in 1991; very NSFW performance )

So here's to the world's forgotten boy. Open up and bleed, or don't; you've earned whatever you want to do. Maybe when you turn 75, you'll even own a shirt.

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