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James Newell Osterberg Jr. Designated the "Godfather of Punk",   he was the vocalist of influential proto-punk band the Stoogeswho were formed in and have disbanded and reunited multiple times since. Initially playing a raw, primitive style of rock and roll that progressed stylistically with each albumthe band sold few records in their original incarnation and gained a reputation for their confrontational performances, which often involved acts of self-mutilation by Pop.
With both musicians having relocated to West Berlin to wean themselves off their respective drug addictions, Pop began his solo Theres A God Somewhere - Robert Turner & The Silver Heart Singers - Hold Out by collaborating with Bowie on the albums The Idiot and Lust for Life.
Throughout his career, Pop is well known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics and distinctive voice. Pop's music has encompassed a number of styles over the course of his career, including garage rockpunk rockhard rockart rocknew wavejazzbluesand electronic. Inhe recorded his first and only Top 40 U. Although Pop has had Theres A God Somewhere - Robert Turner & The Silver Heart Singers - Hold Out commercial success, he has remained both a culture icon and a significant influence on a wide range of musicians in numerous genres.
Pop was born James Newell Osterberg Jr. His father Infatuation / Memories - Bronski Beat - Hundreds & Thousands adopted by a Swedish-American nurse surnamed Osterberg.
Osterberg began his music career as a drummer in various high school bands in Ann Arbor, Michiganincluding the Iguanaswho cut several records such as Bo Diddley 's " Mona " in After exploring local blues -style bands such as the Prime Movers with brothers Dan and Michael Erlewinehe eventually dropped out of the University of Michigan  and moved to Chicago to learn more about blues.
Their first show was played at a Halloween party at a house in Detroit, Michigan. Members of the MC5 were also in attendance. The seeds of Pop's stage persona were sown when he saw The Doors perform in at the University of Michigan and was amazed by the stage antics and antagonism displayed by singer Jim Morrison.
Pop was one of the first performers to do a stage-dive and popularized the activity. I attended two concerts by the Doors. The first one I attended was early on and they had not gotten their shit together yet. That show was a big, big, big influence on me. They had just had their big hit, " Light My Fire " and the album had taken off. So, here's this guy, out of his head on aciddressed in leather with his hair all oiled and curled.
The stage was tiny and it was really low. It got confrontational. I found it really interesting. I loved the performance Part of me was like, "Wow, this is great. He's Air Frais - Dessin Bizarre - Air Frais pissing people off and he's lurching around making these guys angry.
You blank, blank, blank. The other half of it was that I thought, "If they've got a hit record out and they can get away with this, then I have no fucking excuse not to get out on stage with my band. In addition to Jim Morrison and The Doors' influence on the band, Pop also attributes the Stooges getting jump started after seeing an all-girls rock band from Princeton, New Jersey called The Untouchable. In a interview with Bust Magazinehe relates:. And the other thing was we went to New York.
We had gone Limonare (Crookers More Drums Mix) - Crookers - Limonare New York a couple of months before that just to check out the scene, and we had never been to a place like New York Inone year after their live debut and now dubbed the Psychedelic Stoogesthe band signed with Elektra Recordsagain following in the footsteps of The Doors, who were Elektra's biggest act at the time according to Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton called Moe Howard to see if it was all right to call the band "The Stooges", to which Howard responded by merely saying "I don't care what they call themselves, as long as they're not The Three Stooges!
Though the release of Fun House did not receive the recognition it expected, it was later ranked No. Inwithout a record deal, the Stooges kept performing in small clubs with a 5-piece line-up that included both Ron Asheton and James Williamson on guitars and Jimmy Recca on bass, Pop having fired Dave Alexander the previous year when he turned up for a gig unable to play because Plain Dirt - McKinneys Cotton Pickers - Mc Kinneys Cotton Pickers (1929-30) his chronic alcoholism he died in With Williamson signed on as guitarist, the search began for a rhythm section.
However, since neither Pop nor Williamson were satisfied with any players in England, they decided to re-unite the Stooges. Ron Asheton grudgingly moved from guitar to bass.
The recording sessions produced the rock landmark Raw Power. The Stooges' last show in ended in a fight between the band and a group of bikersdocumented on the album Metallic K. Drug abuse stalled his career again for several years. After the Stooges' second breakup, Pop made recordings with James Williamson, but these were not released until as Kill Citycredited jointly to Pop and Williamson. Bowie was one of his few visitors there, and he continued to support his friend and collaborator.
InBowie took him along as his companion on the Station to Station tour. This was Pop's first exposure to large-scale professional touring and he was impressed, particularly with Bowie's work ethic.
Following a March 21, show, Bowie and Pop were arrested together for marijuana possession in Rochester, New Yorkalthough charges were later dropped. Bowie and Pop relocated to West Berlin to wean themselves off their respective drug addictions. Bowie helped write and produce The Idiot and Lust for LifePop's two most acclaimed albums as a solo artist, the latter featuring one of his best-known songs, " The Passenger ".
Among the songs Bowie and Pop wrote together Theres A God Somewhere - Robert Turner & The Silver Heart Singers - Hold Out " China Girl ", " Tonight ", and " Sister Midnight ", all of which Bowie performed on his own albums later the last being recorded with different lyrics as " Red Money " on Lodger. Bowie also played keyboards in Pop's live performances, some of Theres A God Somewhere - Robert Turner & The Silver Heart Singers - Hold Out are featured on the album TV Eye Live in In return, Pop contributed backing vocals on Bowie's Low.
He moved to Arista Recordsunder whose banner he released New Values in This album was something of a Stooges reunion, with James Williamson producing and latter-day Stooge Scott Thurston playing guitar and keyboards. Not surprisingly, the album's style harkened back to the guitar sound of the Stooges.
New Values was not a commercial success in the U. The album was moderately successful in Australia and New Zealand, however, and this led to Pop's first visit there to promote it. While in Melbourne, he made a memorable appearance on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation 's nationwide show Countdown. During his anarchic performance of "I'm Bored", Pop made no attempt to conceal the fact that he was lip-synching shoving the microphone down his pants at one pointand he even tried to grab the teenage girls in the audience.
He was also interviewed by host Molly Meldruman exchange which was frequently punctuated by the singer jumping up and down on his chair and making loud exclamations of "G'day mate" in a mock Australian accent.
His Countdown appearance is generally considered one DoF - A Year In Waiting the highlights of the show's history and it cemented his popularity with Australian punk fans; since then he has often toured there. While visiting New Zealand, Pop recorded a music video for "I'm Bored", and attended a record company function where he appeared to slap a woman and throw wine over a photographer.
It is not known whether a recording of this interview exists, but the famous Countdown appearance has often been re-screened in Australia. During the recording of SoldierPop and David Bowie argued with Williamson over various aspects of the project.
Williamson recalling "I was not at all happy with a number of aspects of that record including the band, the material and the recording facilities. So I was unhappy in general and vice versa". Bowie appeared on the song "Play it Safe", performing backing vocals with the group Simple Minds. The album and its follow-up Party were both commercial failures, and Pop was dropped from Arista. His drug habit varied in intensity during this time, but persisted.
The book, which includes a selection of black and Theres A God Somewhere - Robert Turner & The Silver Heart Singers - Hold Out photographs, featured a foreword by Andy Warhol.
The album Zombie Birdhouse on Chris Stein 's Animal label, with Stein himself producing, was no more commercially successful than his Arista works. The song had originally appeared on The Idiotand was a major hit on Bowie's blockbuster Let's Dance album. As co-writer of the song, Pop received substantial royalties. On Tonight inBowie recorded five more of their co-written songs 2 from Lust for Life1 from New Valuesand 2 new songsassuring Pop financial security, at least for the short term.
The support from Bowie Maway - Dan Croll - Sweet Disarray Pop to take a three-year break, during which he Wainting For The Bus - Violent Femmes - Dance Motherf. his resurgent heroin addiction and took acting classes.
Additionally, Pop contributed the title song to the film Repo Man with Steve Jonespreviously of the Sex Pistolson guitar, and Nigel Harrison and Clem Burkeboth of Blondie on bass and drums as well as an instrumental called "Repo Man Theme" that was played during the opening credits.
In Waters Of Nazareth / Helix / Phantom Pt. II / On N On - Justice - Access All Arenas, Pop recorded some demos with Jones. He played these demos for Bowie, who was sufficiently impressed to offer to produce an album for Pop: 's new wave -influenced Blah-Blah-Blahfeaturing the single " Real Wild Child ", a cover of "The Wild One", originally written and recorded by Australian rock 'n' roll musician Johnny O'Keefe in The single was a Top 10 hit in the UK and was successful around the world, especially in Australia, where it has been used since as the theme music for the ABC 's late-night music video show Rage.
Blah-Blah-Blah was Pop's highest-charting album in the U. The groundbreaking video explores transhumanist philosopher FM 's ideas of Nostalgia for the Future in the form of an imagined love affair between a robot and one of Man Ray 's models in Paris in the late s. The surrealist black-and-white video uses stop motion, light painting, and other retro in-camera effects techniques.
Sakamoto also appears in the video painting words and messages to an open shutter camera. Pop, who performs the vocals on "Risky", chose not to appear in the video, allowing his performance space to be occupied by the surrealist era robot. Pop's follow-up to Blah Blah BlahInstinctwas a turnaround in musical direction. Its stripped-back, guitar-based sound leaned further towards the sound of the Stooges than any of his solo albums to date. The video attracted much controversy, as it featured much footage of Pop performing with his penis exposed to the audience.
The album featured his first Top 40 U. In the Theres A God Somewhere - Robert Turner & The Silver Heart Singers - Hold Out to middle s, Pop would make several guest appearances on the Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete and Pete. He played James Mecklenberg, Nona Mecklenberg's father. The song also plays over the end credits of the film, with a compilation of clips from the A Nightmare on Elm Street series running alongside the end credits.
He recorded spoken word vocals on the intro and outro of the song " Black Sunshine " as well as playing the character of a writer in the video shot for the song. InPop again found mainstream fame when his song " Lust for Life " was featured in the film Trainspotting. A new video was recorded for the song, with clips from the film and studio footage of Pop dancing with one of the film's stars, Ewen Bremner. An Pop concert also served as a plot point in the film. Inhe remixed Raw Power to give it a rougher, Theres A God Somewhere - Robert Turner & The Silver Heart Singers - Hold Out hard-edged sound; fans had complained for years that Bowie's official "rescue effort" mix was muddy and lacking in bass.
Pop testified in the reissue's liner notes that on the new mix, "everything's still in the red". InPop was credited with the soundtrack to the film The Brave. Pop also contributed the theme song for " Space Goofs ".
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