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If your kid is real wild child today, don't blame Iggy Pop and his signature '80s hit



All the piles of leftover Halloween candy that parents are now sifting through reminds me of Iggy Pop's only Top 40 hit duet with B-52 Kate Pierson Candy from 1990. However, Iggy Pop was very present in the ‘80s with five albums and the 1985 single Real Wild Child.

Real Wild Child is actually a remake of a 1958 song by an artist credited as Ivan. Ivan was the pseudonym for Bobby Ivan Allison, the drummer for Buddy Holly and The Crickets. Allison is also credited with co-writing That'll Be The Day and Peggy Sue and eventually married the real Peggy Sue Gerron. I highly recommend listening to the original Real Wild Child, a song most music biographers lump as Buddy Holly and The Crickets song since Holly played guitar and sang backup on the minor hit. 

Iggy Pop (James Jewel Osterberg) was raised in Michigan and his mostly shirtless career has ranged from fronting rock legends The Stooges, iconic solo material like Lust for Life, movies and becoming known as The Godfather of Punk Music

In the ‘80s, Iggy's cool status was reinforced when David Bowie hit the Top 10 with his remake of China Girl. Iggy is still disrobing in public and performing, however, you can catch Iggy on the new ABC series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland on Thursday nights as the voice of The Caterpillar on the Alice in Wonderland-themed show.

[Last modified: Friday, November 1, 2013 7:23am]


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