Iggy Pop may very well be one of the most fascinating people out there. Whenever he speaks, or try to physically fight the crowd while preforming, its like a peak inside of his wild mind. Obviously he has some pretty cool quotes,
these are my favourites.


“I’m not ashamed to dress ‘like a woman’ because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman.”

Iggy Pop rocking a dress
Iggy Pop rocking a dress

“Music is life, and life is not a business.”

“When it comes to art, money is an unimportant detail. It just happens to be a huge unimportant detail.”

“When the ‘godfather of punk’ ┬áthing started floating around, it was, I was really embarrassed. I thought I should have a great big rig and a cape and everything, and it was very embarrassing. And them after a while you learn that if people call you anything, this is a great gift.”

Iggy Pop ; the Godfather of Rock
Iggy Pop ; the Godfather of Punk

“I’m not the kind of person who likes to be dependant”

“I’m glad I’m crazy, it keeps me trying. I despise trendies, I know they’re lying.”

“Cigarettes and coffee, man, thats a combination.”

“What some people would call antics, I would just call a good show.”


Iggy Pop : Post Pop Depression
Iggy Pop : Post Pop Depression

“They say that death kills you, but death doesn’t kill you. Boredom and indifference kills you.”

Iggy Pop : Probably some past pop depression

“I smoked this joint and then it hit me. I thought, what you gotta do is play your own simply blues.”

“Its very important what not to do.”

“Bowie’s a real man, and I’m a real woman- just like Catherine Deneuve.”

“The more walking- around money I have, the less I walk around.”

“Nihilism is best done by professionals”



“I became Iggy because I had a sadistic boss at a record store, I’d been in a band called the Iguanas. And when this boss wanted to embarrass and demean me, he’d say, ‘Iggy, get me a coffee, light.”


“I have a hot memory, but I know I’ve forgotten many things, too,just squashed things in favour of survival.”


“I like music thats offensive. I like it to sound like nails on a blackboard, get me wild.”




“I think that prosecuting some college kid because she shared a file is a lot like sending somebody to Australia 200 years ago for poaching his lordship’s rabbit. Thats how it must seem to poor people who just want to watch a crappy movie for free after they’ve been working themselves to death all day at Tesco or whatever, you know.”


“What did Christ really do? He hung out with hard-drinking fisherman.”


“I think if a started thinking too much about how influential I’ve been, then I’d be more of a turd than I already am.”



“I kind of feel like everything comes full circle, even though thats a cliche.”

“I’m a street walking cheat with a heart full of napalm.”

“If you give a good performance, something that gets some feeling across to people, that’s such a rare gift. It’s underestimated at this point in history, when the music biz is enviably turning into a kind of politics.”




“Stages are getting higher and higher and I’m getting older and older.”


“You know what I think you get scared of more – especially me, after touring for so long and being in bands for so long – you start to associate certain behaviour with music. It’s like people associate having a cigarette with a cup of coffee of lunch.”


“It’s more fun to look at an old picture of me than it is to look at a new one sometimes. Although, I still wear a dress pretty well.”



“If I had to depend on what I actually get from sales, I’d be tending bar between sets.”

“Really good music isn’t just to be heard, you know? It’s almost like a hallucination.”

“When punk began to be a genre, people were going to go out and try to mind it. Some of the better groups, like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols, were very artificial.”

“Studios are like hospitals. A lot of people check in, and they don’t check out.”



“Onstage I’ve been hit by a grapefruit, beer cans, eggs, spit, money, cigarette butts, Mandies, Quaaludes, joints, bras, panties and a fist.”

“I’m not a singer, a walking instrument like Aretha Franklin. When you get an Iggy Pop record, you don’t get ‘Iggy Sings’ I am also a style of music, an approach.”

“I stare at myself in the mirror and I think, ‘Wow, I’m really great-looking’… I think I’m the greatest anyway.”

Singer Iggy Pop at the Ray Ban Aviator Relaunch Party in Brooklyn, New York

“Life is just a bag of Pot”

“Punk rock is a word used by dilettantes and heartless manipulates about music that takes up the energies, the bodies, the hearts, the souls, the time and the minds of young men who give everything they have to it.”

“What the world needs right now… a good, artistic, gothic, terrifying scare.”

“I find it hard to focus looking forward. So I look backwards.”



“I always went in with a very specific idea of the sound I wanted, and once I’d recorded I’d try and make it sell as much as I could, but I only went in thinking of a sound I wanted. So, it’s no surprise to me that he got the hit and I didn’t. But what I realized was that he did dress it up nicely, and my god, he does sing on key well.”

“Curious is a good thing to be, it seems to pay some unexpected dividends.”

“What do you do with a life time of work? Face it in the morning.”


“I feel great comfort and relief knowing that there are others who lived and died and thought and fought so long ago; I feel less tyrannized by the present day.”

“The key to The Doors, is the culture behind the myth.”

“Nobody understands me, I’m really sensitive.”