The Stooges

1967-1974, 2003-
Iggy PopVocals
Scott AshetonDrums1967–1974, 2003–2014)
Ron AshetonGuitar1967-1974, 2003-2009
Dave AlexanderBass1967-1970
James WilliamsonGuitar1970-
Mike WattBass2003-
Steve MackaySaxophone2003-

The Stooges Artistfacts

  • Vocalist Iggy Pop created his alias by adapting the name of his former band, the Iguanas.
  • Pop is credited as the first to perform a stage dive. He was inspired by the onstage antics of The Doors frontman Jim Morrison, and became himself notorious for his onstage performances. He is said to have rolled in glass, and flashed the audience. At the 1970 Cincinnati Pop Festival, he dived into the crowd and smeared himself with peanut butter.
  • Iggy Koopa, a character in the Nintendo Super Mario franchise, was named after Pop.
  • US Alternative Rock band Sonic Youth dedicated their last album The Eternal to Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, who died in 2009 of a heart attack. Since his death, his younger brother drummer Scott Asheton and Iggy Pop are the only remaining original members.
  • The band were originally called The Psychedelic Stooges, but their name changed along with their sound. They took their name from American vaudeville comedy trio The Three Stooges. Reportedly, Iggy Pop asked The Three Stooges member Moe Howard if he objected to the name change, to which he replied, "I don't care what they call themselves, as long as they're not the Three Stooges!"
  • Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, used Iggy Pop's wiry body as a model for the creation of Gollum.
  • The band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
  • Since 2009, Iggy Pop has featured in adverts promoting UK car insurance company Swiftcover. He is accompanied by a puppet of his likeness, dubbed 'Little Iggy.' The advert caused controversy when it was revealed that the company do not insure musicians.
  • David Bowie's 1982 hit China Girl was originally released by Iggy Pop on his 1977 debut album The Idiot. The two, who have frequently worked together, co-wrote the track, supposedly about Iggy's infatuation with a Vietnamese woman.
  • Drummer and founding member Scott Asheton suffered a severe stroke after the Hellfest Festival show of June 17, 2011, in France. He passed away in March 2014, aged 64


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