Featuring Iggy Pop: A compilation of James Osterberg Jr.'s duets & collaborations
Iggy Pop is known for his outrageous stage antics, groundbreaking music, and massive influence on punk rock.
The Ypsi-Arbor native who was born James Newell Osterberg Jr. should also be known as a man who doesn't say no.
Need someone to croon on your single? Tell Iggy the time and place and if he needs to wear a shirt.
Need a deep voice to sing-speak words over your music? Mr. Pop will suddenly appear in the studio, tap you on the shoulder, and say, "May I?"
Iggy even performed "Silent Night" with William Shatner—the. man never. says. nah.
I started thinking about Pop's predilection for partnerships after his latest collaboration hit my inbox.
Hammond B3 player Dr. Lonnie Smith is a master of soul jazz, which is not the first genre you would associate with Pop. Probably not even the last genre. But "Move Your Hand" is a single from Smith's latest Blue Note album, Breathe, and it features Pop riding the funky groove by sing-talking through a simple set of lyrics.
This song follows two other 2021 Pop collaborations: He provided vocals on an alternate version of "I Wanna Be Your Slave" by Italian rock band Måneskin and repeats one word on the garage-rock single "I, Moron" by English duo The Lovely Eggs. (Iggy: "You need me to say 'moron' in 16 different ways? I got you.")
And as I was writing the above paragraphs, I discovered yet another new collaborative Pop effort came out: "European Son" with Matt Sweeney as featured on the new album I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico.
No is not a word Ig knows.
Aside from his work with fellow Ann Arborites the Ashton brothers in The Stooges, Pop's most famous collaboration was with David Bowie, who produced his 1977 albums The Idiot and Lust for Life. Pop also had a big hit in 1990 with "Candy" featuring The B-52s' Kate Pierson from his album Brick by Brick.
In 1989, he joined the charity-single bandwagon many years after that was a thing by singing on "Spirit of the Forest," with the likes of Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Joni Mitchell, and ... Olivia Newton-John, among many others ... to benefit the Earth Love Fund foundation. Then followed that up by participating in a truly awful, Lenny Kravitz-produced, superstar-soaked cover of "Give Peace a Chance" in 1991. (Somehow never single achieved the same cultural saturation as "We Are the World" and "Do They Know It's Christmas?")
But there are numerous other collaborations in Pop's career that feature him working with lesser-known or more esoteric artists, some of whom just sample his voice from interviews. I'm sure Iggy doesn't mind. He says yes to everything.
Below you'll find a selection of those recordings—oui, there are a lot of tunes in French—starting with the most recent.
Iggy Pop and Matt Sweeney’s "European Son" (2021)
Dr. Lonnie Smith & Iggy Pop, "Move Your Hand" (2021)
Måneskin & Iggy Pop, "I Wanna Be Your Slave" (2021)
I, Moron & Iggy Pop, "The Lovely Eggs" (2021)
Elvis Costello & Iggy Pop, "No Flag (En Francais)" (2021)
Thomas Dutronc, Diana Krall & Iggy Pop, "C'est si bon" (2020)
Leron Thomas & & Iggy Pop, "In the City" (2020)
Yara Lapidus & Iggy Pop, "Encor, Encor" (2019)
Fémina & Iggy Pop, "Resist" (2019)
ALA.NI & Iggy Pop, "Bitch" & "Le Diplomate" (2019)
Underworld & Iggy Pop, "Bells & Circles," "Get Your Shirt" (2018)
Pan Amsterdam & Iggy Pop, "Mobile" (2019)
Warmduscher & Iggy Pop, "Rules of the Game" (2019)
William Shatner & Iggy Pop, "Silent Night" (2018)
PINS & Iggy Pop, "Aggrophobe" (2017)
Songhoy Blues & Iggy Pop, "Sahara" (2017)
Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow & Bobby Previte with Iggy Pop, "Loneliness Road," "Don't Lose Yourself," & "Everyday" (2017)
Bill Laswell & Iggy Pop, "The Western Lands," "A Quick Trip to Alamut" (2016)
Iggy Pop / Tarwater / Alva Noto, Leaves of Grass (2016)
New Order & Iggy Pop, "Stray Dog" (2015)
Hotei & Iggy Pop, "How the Cookie Crumbles" (2015)
Le Butcherettes & Iggy Pop, "La Uva" (2015)
Hotei & Iggy Pop, "How the Cookie Crumbles" (2015)
Demi Mondaine & Iggy Pop, "Private Parts" (2014)
Joe Jackson & Iggy Pop, "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" (2012)
Ke$ha* & Iggy Pop, "Dirty Love" (2012)
Lulu Gainsbourg & Iggy Pop, "Initials BB" (2011)
Steve MacKay & Ypsi Jim (Iggy Pop), "The Prisoner" (2010) [MacKay was The Stooges' saxophonist]
Slash & Iggy Pop, "We're All Gonna Die" (2010)
The BPA (Fatboy Slim) & Iggy Pop, "He's Frank (Slight Return)" (2009)
Jemina Pearl & Iggy Pop, "I Hate People" (2009)
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse with Iggy Pop, "Pain" (2009)
Boss Martins & Iggy Pop, "Mars Is for Martians" (2008)
Asian Dub Foundation & Iggy Pop, "No Fun" (2008)
Teddybears & Iggy Pop, "Punkrocker" (2006)
New York Dolls & Iggy Pop, "Gimme Luv & Turn on the Light" (2006)
Peaches & Iggy Pop, "Kick It" (2004)
Iggy Pop & Sum 41, "Little Know It All" (2003)
Millenia Nova & Iggy Pop, "Rockicide" (2003)
Françoise Hardy & Iggy Pop, "I'll Be Seeing You" (2000)
Death in Vegas & Iggy Pop, "Aisha" (1999)
Mogwai & Iggy Pop, "Punk Rock:" (1999)
Iggy Pop & Goran Bregovic, "In the Death Car (Arizona Dream)," "Get the Money" & " (1996)
Buckethead & Iggy Pop, "Buckethead's Toy Store" (1994)
Les Rita Mitsouko & Iggy Pop, "My Love Is Bad" (1993)
Les Rita Mitsouko & Iggy Pop, "Les Amants (Demo)" (1993)
White Zombie & Iggy Pop, "Black Sunshine" (1992)
The Cramps & Iggy Pop, "Mini Skirt" (1991)
Nymphs & Iggy Pop, "Supersonic" (1991)
Peace Choir with Iggy Pop, "Give Peace a Chance" (1991)
Raindogs & Iggy Pop, "Dance of the Freaks" (1991)
Upholstered Eldorados & Iggy Pop, "I Wanna Talk Like Iggy Pop" (1990)
Iggy Pop & Kate Pierson, "Candy" (1990)
Iggy Pop & The Pretenders, "Candy" (2019 live version)
Deborah Harry & Iggy Pop, "Well, Did You Evah!" (1990)
Iggy Pop & John Hiatt, "Something Wild" (1990)
Was (Not Was) & Leonard Cohen with Iggy Pop, "Elvis' Rolls Royce" (1990)
Various Artists, "Spirit of the Forest" (1989)
The Cult & Iggy Pop, "New York City" (1989)
Ryuichi Sakamoto & Iggy Pop, "Risky" (1987)
David Bowie & Iggy Pop, "Dancing With the Big Boys" (1984)
Iggy Pop & David Bowie on The Dinah! Show, "Sister Midnight" and "Fun Time" (1977)
Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.