Pop Goes The Artist – Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child (Wild One)

Every so often an artist who’s not known for doing things in the pop genre, goes ahead and releases a song that is much poppier than anything they’ve ever done. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing by any means; sometimes it can be enjoyable and provide an entry point into their other material.

Today’s example is one of the original punk rockers, Iggy Pop. The song is his 1986 cover of an old Johnny O’Keefe number, “Real Wild Child (Wild One).” It went into the top 10 in the UK and barely made a dent in the American charts, peaking at number 27 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. To put that into perspective, that’s like finishing in the top 30 in a singing contest at your local county fair.

It deserved a lot better than that though. Iggy Pop diehards will probably scoff at how tame the song is by Iggy  or his former band, The Stooges standards, but it still has a bit of his rock edge to it. It’s a simple song, it’s not really complicated or anything, and it’s an awful lot of fun.


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