Iggy Pop, it’s fair to say, is no stranger to the world of chemical exploration. The singer has been as famed for his narcotic consumption and wild behaviour as he has his musical prowess. His reputation for being the embodiment of rock ‘n’ roll is untarnished and his notoriety is generally upheld across the globe. Yet even we were a little confused when we stumbled upon this glimpse into the life of the singer.
With a career which has stretched from the early 1960s, Iggy Pop has found himself creating music through every-changing social climate and genre trends and, while the world around him fluctuated, his creative vision always stayed aligned. The Stooges, Berlin with David Bowie, the New York punk scene alongside Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, The Ramones and more; Iggy Pop has been there and done it. As vital as he was on stage is as twisted as he got off it too.
Both with and without a band to back him up, Iggy’s tours and live shows became notoriously chaotic, ‘The Passenger’ singer’s drug use often spiralled out of control as his addictions lowered him to desperate situations. It’s not an uncommon story in the world of rock ‘n’ roll; we’re just happy Iggy is still here to share it.
Now, clean of all drugs, Iggy is able to reflect on the wild times in his past: “The drugs went away gradually,” he once said in an interview. “The outbursts got fewer and farther between. The big turn for me came when my body began to remember all the times it felt bad. Then I became very, very strong. I really don’t want to crawl under the table and shiver and see little mice running under my eyes for the next fourteen hours. I don’t want my confidence for the next twenty-two gigs fucked with.”
It’s a mantra which has seen Iggy rise form the depths to become one of the most widely adored figures in music. With his past firmly behind him, Iggy can now see the funnier side of his habits and has shared some of the more curious ones throughout many interviews.
When Iggy had a new album out and live dates in support of it, the iconic musician stopped by The Jonathan Ross Show to discuss his career, looking back as well as forward. Presenter Ross, trying to reminisce about Iggy’s more chaotic moments, asked about a time the former Stooges man electrocuted himself by sticking his tongue in a plug socket: “Well it was an electric train transformer,” the iconic singer, corrected him.
The biggest revelation though came when Iggy suggested one natural high he attempted to conjure up: “I tried spider webs too,” he added with a completely straight face. “I tried to smoke them. You know you’ve got to start somewhere,” he laughs with complete and utter honesty.
How was smoking spider webs? “Harsh.”