Iggy Pop

  • Aired:  04/29/13
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An almost-shirtless Iggy Pop recalls driving into a Christmas tree orchard after falling asleep at the wheel. (4:35)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS KNOWN AS THE

GODFATHER OF PUNK.

FINE, AS LONG AS SOMEONE IS

RAISING IT IN A RELIGIOUS

HOUSEHOLD.

PLEASE WELCOME IGGY POP.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

IGGY, HEY, THANKS SO MUCH FOR

COMING ON.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

ALL RIGHT, MR. POP.

AS I SAID KNOWN AS THE GODFATHER

OF PUNK.

AND THE STOOGES WERE KNOWN IN

THE '60s AND '70s FOR YOUR

MUSIC AND YOUR RAMBUNCTIOUS

BEHAVIOR.

SOME OF THE SONGS PEOPLE KNOW

SEARCH AND DESTROY, LUST FOR

LIFE.

YOU'RE IN THE ROCK'N'ROLL HALL

OF FAME.

NOW YOU HAVE A NEW ALBUM CALLED

READY TO DIE.

>> THAT'S ALL TRUE.

Stephen: THAT'S ALL TRUE.

OKAY.

WHEN YOU STARTED YOUR MUSIC,

THERE WAS NO WORD CALLED PUNK.

YOU WEREN'T TRYING TO BE A PUNK

BAND.

YOU JUST HAD A BAND.

WHAT WERE YOU TRYING TO DO?

>> TRYING TO BE FREE.

YOU KNOW, HIGH SCHOOL WAS LIKE

COLLEGE WAS LIKE MILITARY WAS

LIKE VAUDEVILLE WAS LIKE BEING

LOCKED UP WAS LIKE EVERYTHING

WAS JUST GOING TO BE MORE THE

ENDLESS SAME AND WE DIDN'T WANT

TO OBEY.

WE WANTED TO JUST...

>> Stephen: SOUNDS LIKE YOU WERE

CAUSING TROUBLE.

>> YEAH.

Stephen: YOU LOOK LIKE

TROUBLE.

YOU LOOK LIKE TROUBLE.

>> A LOT OF PEOPLE FELT THAT WAY

Stephen: I DON'T THINK

ANYBODY WANTS TO HEAR, "MOM,

DAD, THIS IS IGGY.

WE'RE IN LOVE."

YOU LOOK LIKE TROUBLE.

>> I WAS 19.

I GOT MY FIRST MUG SHOT.

>> Stephen: WHAT WERE YOU DOING?

WELL, I FELL ASLEEP AT THE

WHEEL.

>> Stephen: IT APPARENTLY HAS A

HAPPY ENDING.

>> IT WORKED OUT.

Stephen: YEAH.

FOR EVERYBODY OR JUST YOU?

>> IT WASN'T MY CAR.

I DROVE IT.

IT WENT OFF AN EMBANKMENT INTO A

CHRISTMAS TREE ORCHARD.

AND IT ACTUALLY...

>> Stephen: YOU HATE SANTA.

THERE WERE ALL THESE LITTLE

PINE NEEDLES COVERING THE WHOLE

CAR THE NEXT MORNING.

THE OWNER WAS UPSET.

>> Stephen: YOU WERE A DETROIT

ROCKER AT FIRST, RIGHT?

>> YES.

Stephen: THAT MOTOWN SOUND

LIKE THE SUPREMES, YOU KNOW,

THAT RICH KIND OF TIGHT

HARMONIES, SYNCHRONIZED DANCING?

THAT STUFF IS GREAT.

>> BUT I'M JUST A SIMPLE KID.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW.

SO I DID WHAT I COULD.

>> Stephen: WHEN DID YOU START

TAKING OFF HERE?

FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR

WEARING ALMOST A SHIRT TONIGHT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

THANK YOU.

WHY DID YOU FIRST START TAKING

OFF YOUR SHIRT WHEN PERFORMING.

>> THE PHARAOH NEVER WORE A

SHIRT.

>> Stephen: I'M SORRY.

THE PHARAOH OF EGYPT NEVER

WORE A SHIRT.

>> Stephen: YEAH.

HE ALSO WORE LIKE A...

>> I WORE SKIRTS FROM TIME TO

TIME, SARONGS.

>> Stephen: A SARONGS.

OR LITTLE UNDERWEAR.

Stephen: WHEN YOU PERFORM AT

THIS POINT, COULD YOU WEAR A

SHIRT OR WOULD YOUR BODY REJECT

IT LIKE A BAD ORGAN?

>> IT REJECTS IT.

I TRY.

I THINK ABOUT IT.

THEN IT JUST REJECTS IT.

IT'S TRUE.

>> Stephen: WHO DO YOU... YOU

SAY YOU'RE IN THE ROCK'N'ROLL

HALL OF FAME.

WHO DID YOU LOOK UP TO AS

AMUSEICAL MENTOR BECAUSE THEY

SAY THE BEATLES WANTED TO SOUND

LIKE A BEACH BOYS FOR A WHILE

AND WHO WAS THAT FOR YOU?

>> THERE WAS A GUY NAMED LINK

RAY WHEN I WAS IN THE STUDENT

UNION ONE DAY OF THIS MAJOR

UNIVERSITY AND I HEARD THIS

MUSIC.

IT WAS CALLED RUMBLE.

AND IT SOUNDED BAD.

>> Stephen: YOU WANTED TO SOUND

BAD?

>> I LEFT SCHOOL EMOTIONALLY AT

THAT MOMENT.

THE MOMENT I HEARD RUMBLE.

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINK YOU

ACHIEVED IT?

DO YOU THINK YOU ACHIEVED WHAT

YOU WANTED TO BE OR ARE YOU

PRESENTLY STILL ACHIEVING WHAT

YOU WANTED TO BE?

>> I ACHIEVED IT SOME TIME AGO

AND THEN I HAD TO PAY A BIG

PRICE SORT OF LIKE PRISON OR

SOMETHING.

>> Stephen: LIKE PRISON OR

PRISON?

>> LIKE PRISON.

LIKE PRISON.

>> Stephen: WILL YOU COME BACK

JUST AFTER THE COMMERCIAL BREAK

AND SHOW US HOW YOU ACHIEVED IT.

>> I WOULD LOVE TO DO IT.

Stephen: IGGY, THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A

PERFORMANCE BY IGGY AND THE

STOOGES.

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