20 Wildest Iggy Pop Moments

The self-destructive legacy of the infamous Stooge

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Iggy Battles Bikers (February 1974)
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Iggy Battles Bikers (February 1974)

In February 1974, the Scorpions, a Detroit biker gang, became Iggy Pop's most celebrated foes. The Rock & Roll Farm in Wayne, Michigan was their bar, and they were not amused by the skinny dude in the leotard onstage. They made their displeasure known by whipping eggs at Iggy, who leapt into the crowd – promptly stopped cold by a powerful biker fist. The band scrambled to safety, and while appearing on radio station WABX, Iggy challenged the Scorpions to show up at the Stooges' upcoming show at Detroit's Michigan Palace, which would also be their last. Captured on the live album Metallic K.O., the Stooges' final show was the culmination of all that had come before: Never had Iggy taunted a crowd so viciously, never had a crowd responded so violently. As critic Lester Bangs famously summed it up, "Nobody gets killed, but Metallic K.O. is the only rock album I know where you can actually hear hurled beer bottles breaking against guitar strings" Contrary to legend, however, no Scorpions seem to have appeared at the final concert.

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