A New Interview
In a new interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, rock legend and former Stooges frontman Iggy Pop opens up about his past drug use, his relationship with David Bowie, and his new album Free.
While talking to Ross, Pop explained "brinksmanship," a concept that his therapist taught him in the 1970s. When Ross asked him if he was surprised to still be alive (a hilariously rude query), Pop gives a wholehearted no.
"No, people all assume they’re gonna live forever, so nah. It’s brinkmanship. My psychiatrist told me in the '70s, ‘You have amazing brinksmanship. You go to a certain place and you know when to pull back.’ I always have [known when to pull back]. I’m a conservative guy in my daily life."
Ross points out that it hasn't always been early bed times and comfy clothes for Pop, who detailed some extreme things he did to get a high. Ross asked about a time when Pop stuck his tongue in an electrical socket, and Pop quickly corrected him: "It was an electric train transfer." Hardcore.
Pop also explained that one time he got so desperate for a high that he chose an especially unorthodox method:
“I tried spiderwebs, too... Well, I tried to smoke them, but you know you’ve got to start somewhere."
His Friendship With David Bowie
Pop also opened up about his friendship with David Bowie, especially during his Berlin period. While it has long been rumored that these two were more rivals than friends, but Pop shoots that down and has only lovely things to say about the Thin White Duke.
What a legend.