SickthingsUK: Iggy Pop

Kyler Clark

Bob Pfeifer>

Alice has often commented on his friendship to Iggy and his like of The Stooges albums, especially 'Funhouse'. Both bands came out of Detroit around the same time and often played on the same bill together. Alice has described The Stooges as the only band he'd ever not wanted to go on after, due to the way Iggy 'drained' or wore out an audience.

Maybe surprisingy they've never really worked together, although they came close when Pop sang on the 'Shocker' soundtrack on a song co-written by Alice. Some people suggest Alice can be heard singing in the background on the track, and I can hear what they are talking about, but if he is he's NOT credited for it. A demo of Alice singing the song does exist, so it's possile producer Child added a little Alice into the final version.

The pair also both appeared in the film 'Suck' but again not together.

Iggy on Alice ("Ruta 66" magazine, Nov. 1995):

"I love the music and the things he does on stage. We're very good friends since a long time ago. We used to share the same stage at the same nights (and the same bad experiences, too!). Alice and his boys were support to us [The Stooges] many times. The first time I saw them playing, I said to myself "Hell! They're making more noise than we are!".
After the gigs, we went to the parties which filled the Detroit's nights. There were always a couple of parties to go every night at Detroit. Do you know Alice is big fan of The Stooges? I remember Alice had few albums and, one time, I went to visit him in New York and I found he had fifteen copies of "Funhouse"! Then he told me this album was one of his favourites albums, and that he played it all the time, finally scratching it. For this reason, he bought several copies of the same LP. A short time ago, I gave a new copy of "Funhouse" to Alice, but now it's a CD! In that way he'll never scratch it again!"

Alice on Iggy (Cincinatti.com, 2017)

"I think the first time I saw him, I went, 'Who the hell is this guy?' Because I never really came up against anybody in rock and roll at that point that was as bizarre as the character I was playing. And then I saw this guy with no shirt on, ripped Levis, no shoes, ripped-up body, and it was the first punk thing I'd ever seen. The music was so basic. And he's singing 'I Wanna Be Your Dog.' And I said, 'That is powerful.' He was just insane out there. And I realized at that point I had to go on after him. He had already worn the audience out. I had to do everything I could to give the audience something totally different than that. Then he watched me, I think, and he went, 'Uh oh. Who’s the new sheriff in town now?' So yeah, we got along really, really well. I never looked at it as competition, but certainly, he pushed me, and I pushed him.

Bob Pfeifer