20 Wildest Iggy Pop Moments

The self-destructive legacy of the infamous Stooge

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Iggy Teaches England How to be Punks (July 15, 1972)
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Iggy Teaches England How to be Punks (July 15, 1972)

The Iggy Pop who made his U.K. debut at the Kings Cross Cinema was a new kind of terrifying. Here Iggy debuted the look he sports on the Raw Power LP cover: silvery pants, glam-inspired makeup and smudgy raccoon eyeliner. "Once, he grabbed a chick and stared blankly into her face, almost beating up some poor wretch who dared to laugh at him," the British critic Nick Kent wrote after the show. "The audience was terrified, with Iggy climbing all over them, and management decided we would get arrested if we did any more shows," James Williamson later recalled. The spectacle made an impact on at least two of those audience members — John Lydon and Mick Jones would go on to form the Sex Pistols and the Clash respectively.

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