20 Wildest Iggy Pop Moments

The self-destructive legacy of the infamous Stooge

Iggy Plays Vacuum Cleaner, Blender at First Stooges Show (October 31, 1967)
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Iggy Plays Vacuum Cleaner, Blender at First Stooges Show (October 31, 1967)

The Psychedelic Stooges debuted at an Ann Arbor house party on Halloween 1967. Iggy, in a thrift shop nightdress and a robotic wig created by pasting foil strips on a bathing cap, sat on the floor playing Hawaiian guitar, each string tuned to the same note, before he made experimental noises with a theremin, a vacuum cleaner and "the Osterizer," a whirring blender half-full of water into which he inserted a microphone. The band bashed out heavy drones behind him, making for a loud, druggy, crazed event that the many Michigan notables in attendance didn't soon forget. "It wasn't like anything else I had ever been to," MC5 manager and political firebrand John Sinclair would tell writer Joe Ambrose years later. "I don't know if there were 20 people there. I was terrified. I just thought, 'Jesus, they can hear this all the way downtown.'"

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