Music is life, and life is not a business.— Iggy Pop
The most stunning Iggy Pop quotes that will inspire your inner self
I stare at myself in the mirror and I think, 'Wow, I'm really great-looking.
'... I think I'm the greatest, anyway.
And it's a - it's a term that's based on contempt;
it's a term that's based on fashion, style, elitism, satanism, and, everything that's rotten about rock 'n' roll.
What did Christ really do? He hung out with hard-drinking fishermen.
It's more fun to look at an old picture of me than it is to look at a new one sometimes. Although, I still wear a dress pretty well.
Nihilism is best done by professionals.
Bowie's a real man, and I'm a real woman - just like Catherine Deneuve.
I'm glad I am crazy, it keeps me trying. I despise trendies, I know they're lying.
I'm not ashamed to dress "like a woman" because I don't think it's shameful to be a woman.
I like music that's more offensive. I like it to sound like nails on a blackboard, get me wild.
The 2 things I like the most are girls and loud noises.
I smoked this joint and then it hit me. I thought, what you gotta do is play your own simply blues.
What some people would call antics, I would just call a good show.
Punk rock is a word used by dilettantes and heartless manipulators about music that takes up the energies, the bodies, the hearts, the souls, the time and the minds of young men who give everything they have to it.
What the world needs right now... a good, artistic, gothic, terrifying scare
I never believed that U2 wanted to save the whales.
I don't believe that The Beastie Boys are ready to lay it down for Tibet.
I kinda feel like everything comes full circle in life, even though that's a cliche.
If I started thinking too much about how influential I've been, then I'd be more of a turd than I already am.
I became Iggy because I had a sadistic boss at a record store.
I'd been in a band called the Iguanas. And when this boss wanted to embarrass and demean me, he'd say, 'Iggy, get me a coffee, light.'
There are no pimps, no whores, no transvestites - gone.
Now that's more the culture I'm comfortable in ... I don't like it in the house, you know what I mean, but I like it somewhere around.
I am the passenger, I stay under glass.
I look through my window so bright, I see the stars come out tonight. I see the bright and hollow sky, over the city's ripped backsides and everything looks good tonight.
Onstage I've been hit by a grapefruit, beercans, eggs, spit, money, cigarette butts, Mandies, Quaaludes, joints, bras, panties, and a fist.
I've probably been spit on more that any person alive outside of, I would say, a member of the prison system.
I was feeling that I was the in the dead-end circuit from 1980 to 1983, and I didn't know what else to do. I remember doing a show in some college town, in a tiny club, and afterward some fans came back. I thought I had done good gig and they were going to tell me that.
Curious is a good thing to be, it seems to pay some unexpected dividends.
I have a hot memory, but I know I've forgotten many things, too, just squashed things in favor of survival.
Stages are getting higher and higher, and I'm getting older and older.
Nobody understands me, I'm really sensitive.
I'm a little bit damaged in about 15 different ways, and it's been nice that no particular damaged area has become a major issue. I'm a more than moderately healthy 65-year-old male who has gotten away with a lot of stuff.
Well, it wasn't like I was going to run out and score heroin and score an ounce of coke - but incidentally, on the road, I would usually get tanked up and as stoned as I possibly could to go on stage. And offstage, it would be a demon that would come up about twice a week.
When punk began to be a genre, people were going to go out and try to mine it.
Some of the better groups, like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols, were very artificial.
I don't think I'm lucky; I think I have a tough constitution. That's a lot of it. And I've been wise enough to listen to other people. I was unconsciously cultivating as many straight friends as I could.
How am I going to listen to that horrible noise I make without a gram of coke and a couple of double Jack Daniels?
I'd come home from school alone with those teenage blues and I'd put on Frank Sinatra's It was a very good year. Here was this mature man singing about the cycle of his life, and as a kid I felt the emotions of it already. It has since been a touchstone for me whenever I want to experiment musically.
I have no idea why a guy would bring a jar of peanut butter to a concert.
I'm not the kind of person who could join AA or have rules for myself or on Thursday take this vitamin pill. So, basically, I learned the hard way. I learned by trial and error, and tried to get drugs out of my work. That took about a year. If I was going to work, it was best that I be straight. And I was surprised at what came out.
Look, you're here to see me, and I can't go on until my dealer is here, and he's waiting to be paid, so give me some money so I can fix up, and then you'll get your show.
My general take on American music since 1969 is that it's just getting stiffer and people are getting more uptight - audience, performance, and palace guard.
I feel a great comfort and relief knowing that there are others who lived and died and thought and fought so long ago; I feel less tyrannized by the present day.
A lot of young musicians get the money at the wrong time.
They get it for something they don’t feel great about, and it’ll make you feel so bad it’ll destroy you and kill you.
The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame was a great idea when it started, but I think they ought to close it, I think it's full.
I spent most of the eighties, most of my life, riding around in somebody else's car, in possession of, or ingested of, something illegal, on my way from something illegal to something illegal with many illegal things happening all around me
Basically, I’m a musical vocalist, but I do voiceover stuff as a sideline, like plumbing or something.
I wasn't so stupid that I didn't realize the implications of what they were saying. In my live work I was going for the quick thrill, rather than spending time concentrating on my voice. I figured I'd get on, make as many quick movement as possible, dance my ass off for five minutes, move into the insult portion of the evening, and then, at the end, create some kind of chaos until the 55 minutes were up.
My mom was a saint. She taught me to be terminally nice.
I'm not the kind of person that likes to be dependent.
The nut of the thing is that if what you make is hard like a diamond, you can put it anywhere. You can put it up your and it will still be beautiful.
The most successful stuff is sold to you as indispensable social information.
The message in the music is, 'We are terribly, terribly slick and suave, and if you listen to us, you can probably get a leg up in society, too.'
Well, I don't use the toilet much to pee in.
I almost always pee in the yard or the garden, because I like to pee on my estate.