David Bowie and Iggy Pop first met at NYC hotspot, Max’s Kansas City, in 1971, while Bowie was on tour with his album The Man Who Sold the World. The then-largely unknown Iggy made a deep impression on Bowie, (and was part of the inspiration for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona). Bowie invited Pop, who was experiencing heroin addiction, to London, where he helped mix Iggy and the Stooges’ album Raw Power. Though the album would eventually become a classic, the band collapsed under the weight of Pops drug addiction and general bad behaviour. Returning to California, Pop would check himself into a mental institution in an attempt to overcome his heroin addiction. Bowie remained one of his few friends and visitors. In 1976 riding a wave of hits Bowie toured his most recent album Station to Station bringing Iggy along for the ride. The pair moved into an apartment in West Berlin, (over an auto parts shop) where Bowie would began the first of his Berlin trilogy of albums – LOW, and also collaborating on writing and recording Pop’s first solo album, The Idiot. In 1977, Iggy Pop finally went on a 30-date world tour as a solo act. His backup band included David on keyboards and backing vocals. Bowie remained truly in the background behind the keys. No costumes or stage show, Bowie wore bell bottom turned up jeans, flannel shirt and cap. It was meant to be Iggy’s show not the more famous Bowies’. That year the two also collaborated on Pop’s second album, Lust for Life, which would become Iggy’s long-awaited critical and commercial success, (with the title song eventually appearing in tons of commercials and films, most notably the opening for the Danny Boyle film Trainspotting). Iggy and Bowie would remain friends for the rest of Bowies’ life.
Cry-Baby was John Water’s second shot at main stream success – after the original Hairspray, in 1988. Following years of underground notoriety w/ films like Female Troubles and Pink Flamingos w/ it’s famous poo eating star, Divine, John was poised to take over Hollywood. Assembling a truly oddball cast, rock star – Iggy Pop, convicted bank robber/kidnap victim – Patty Hearst, ex-underage porn star – Tracy Lords and teen heart throb – Johnny Depp, along with Hairspray star Rikki Lake, Norman Mailer’s kid – Stephen, ex-Warhol superstar Joe Dellesandro, 50’s teen star Tad Hunter and crazy person and all around cool dame, Susan Tyrell.
When casting Cry Baby, Waters said he was looking for a teen heart-throb to take the part of Wade “Cry Baby” Walker and instructed his PA to buy a handful of teen magazines to see who was popular. Johnny was on the cover of every one and was more than happy to bust out of his role on 21 Jump Street. Tracy Lords was also looking for a legitimate acting gig after years in the porno industry (starring in a ton of films at the age of 15). Rikki Lake was happy to keep acting the chubby lovable teen (this time as Pepper Walker – “She’s pregnant but she fights like a man). When Waters came to cast the role of Mona ‘Hatchet-Face’ Malnorowski, (Divine having died recently the character was described thus: “She’s got the body of Jayne Mansfield and the face of Margaret Hamilton…[and] nobody, but nobody, gives her grief.”To find a suitable actress, Waters placed a print advertisement that simply requested: “Wanted: Girl with a good body and an alarming face who is proud of it”.
All the stars have aged and done pretty well. Depp still looks great and continues to act in big, big budget films. His co-star Amy Locane hasn’t done quite as well. She appeared on the new Beverly Hills 90210 for a number of years, and in 2012 was convicted of drunk driving and vehicular homicide. She is currently serving a 3 year prison sentence. Perhaps most surprising, Kim “Hatchetface” McGuire is an attorney in the great state of Alabama. Iggy carries on acting and singing. Tracy Lords has written a couple of books. Rikki Lake slimmed down and got her own chat show and the great John Waters continues to direct and rake in money from the adaptation of his Hairspray into a goldmine musical and reworked 2007 movie.
Mick Rock (born 1948, London England). Known as “The Man Who Shot the Seventies” Mick has been a busy man. He’s probably best known for his shots of Bowie (as his official photographer), Lou Reed and Iggy – among hundreds of others. He’s shot the covers of Lou Reed’s Transformer, Syd Barrett’s The Madcap Laughs, Queen II, Joan Jett’s I Love Rock n Roll as well as the chief photographer for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Short Bus. Wait there’s more, he’s directed the videos for Bowies’ John I’m Only Dancing, Gene Jeanie, Space Oddity and Life on Mars. His recent subjects include The Misfits, Snoop Dogg, The YeahYeahYeahs, The Chemical Brothers, Queens of the Stone Age, Daft Punk, and on and on, and on and on. He currently lives in NY with his wife and daughter and continues to shoot and show. Check out his site at www.mickrock.com
And the best Mick Rock photo ….. ever
This appeared in NY Times Style with the title “Ballad of a Thin Man……Godfathers of Glam Who can Still Rock a Skinny Suit” I think that pretty much says it all.
My first thought on this post was to show how poorly these rock stars have aged – everyone’s seen pictures of Iggy looking like a piece of meat left too long in the sun, or Kieth Richards looking like he’s been turned inside-out. Truth is they haven’t done that bad – for people that have seen the things they’ve seen, done the things they’ve done. What is interesting is how young they looked in the first place – Iggy looks like a big pouty baby, Jagger looks actually happy and about 12 years old.
Iggy Pop (born James Newell “Jim” Osterberg, Jr.; April 21, 1947) Singer – The Stooges
LEFT- Iggy at about 21 when he was with the Stooges, pre-heroin, pre-insanity. RIGHT – Iggy today. Apparently one of the only shots taken w/ his shirt on. If you add it up Iggy Pop will turn 65 next April.
Thomas Alan “Tom” Waits (born December 7, 1949) Singer/Songwriter
LEFT – Probably taken around 1973-74, making Tom about 25 RIGHT – Same style, gruffer voice – Tom at 60
Sir Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger (born 26 July 1943) Singer – TheRolling Stones
LEFT – Sir Mick looking impossibly chipper at the ripe old age of 19 (ish). RIGHT – Worn but fit, Jesus man, he is 68 years old.
Michael Geoffrey “Mick” Jones (born 26 June 1955) Singer/Guitarist – The Clash
LEFT – Mick right around “London Calling” – 1979-80, making him about 24. RIGHT – When Mick met Lauren Bacall recently she was astounded that he looked so much like her first husband Humphrey Bogart, and she’s right. Mick at 55.
Mark Edward Smith (born 5 March 1957) Singer – The Fall
LEFT – Mark E. at about 20 RIGHT – Mark E. at 52, Jesus H. Christ, what happened to you?
Paul Weller (born 25 May 1958) Singer/Guitarist – The Jam
LEFT – Paul’s publicty shot for The Jam about 1978. Young and spotty at 20. RIGHT – 53 doesn’t look so bad on Paul, except for that hair, which he refers to as “that Weller wig”.
John Joseph Lydon (born 31 January 1956), Singer – Sex Pistols, PIL
LEFT – Johnny sometime after the first flush of fame, probably around ’79. RIGHT – Still pissed at 55, but with readers.
Sure, there are more famous Rock and Roll photos but not many better. Iggy before he turned into a piece of sun burnt leather, Poison Ivy on her own, A Jam photo without Paul Weller, The Stones in matching suits, Nick Cave testifying, Shane MacGowan with a couple of teeth and Tom Waits and a midget.