Iggy Pop is now thought of very fondly, like a Grandpa who’s seen everything come and go and now is full of nuggets of wisdom on curious stuff like how best to get a crowd baying for blood. But as sweet and genial he may now seem Iggy Pop was once at the forefront of the avant-garde rock and roll scene and in 1970 he practically invented the stage dive.

With his band The Stooges, Iggy was a big player in the New York scene. Alongside massive, sociologically changing acts like The Velvet Underground, Nico and more, Pop took the sound of the streets and thrust it into the face of the mainstream with the same gusto of a pill-pushing greaseball but with decidedly more aggression and panache.

The incredible footage below shows off the Stooges, led by a captivating Iggy, at the Midsummer Rock Festival AKA Cincinnati Summer Pop Festival of 1970. The bill included Grand Funk Railroad, Alice Cooper, Mountain and Traffic. The band deliver a sensational and entirely gripping performance of ‘T.V. Eye’ and ‘1970’

Listen to David Bowie impersonate Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop and more back in 1985

The footage remains one of the best pieces of rock and roll video we’ve ever seen. Iggy is in full demonic dancer from the edge of space mode, a short time before he would drift off into his own type of outer-space, and he’s backed amply by the whirlwind Stooges behind him. Emboldened by the music Iggy finds new shapes, new growls, new personas and the beginning of a brand new trend as he hurls himself into the crowd.

He would go on to then smear himself in peanut butter, as you can hear form the announcer who, with an incredibly worried tone says (scared of what he might be witnessing) “That’s… peanut butter!”. Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys would later take credit for putting the tub in Iggy’s hands.

Now, we’re sure there’s going to be a few people piping up on this little tidbit. “Erm, my friend Dave, once threw himself into a few people in 1968 and that is, in fact, the first ever stage dive technically. Technically.” But in all honesty, this is the first documented case of stage-diving we have ever seen, and he went on to smear himself in peanut butter, so we’re giving the accolade to Iggy.

Watch it, love it, live it. And thank Iggy for inventing stage-diving.

(Source: Boing Boing)

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