Considered by many to be one of the pioneers of punk and metal rock music, Iggy Pop is known for his wild stage antics and as the front man for the band the Stooges, a group that had a major influence on the punk scene of the 1970s. Pop eventually found commercial success with the help of his friend and musician David Bowie. Pop's hit song "Real Wild Child" is an enduring metal rock classic. Singer, musician, songwriter. Born James Osterberg on April 21, 1947, in Muskegon, Michigan. Considered by many to be one of the pioneers of punk music, he adored rock and roll growing up.