I have always paid attention to most types of music, with the exception of a few genres here or there. Even as a kid I preferred music videos over cartoons – I remember watching countdown shows after school on Toronto-based television (Toronto Rocks!) and on Saturday morning with Casey Kasem. Later, I recorded Alan Cross broadcasts of The Ongoing History of new music as a teenager, and used the VCR to record music videos on TV. I was ecstatic when we had Much Music, Musique Plus AND Much More Music all at once – the more music on TV the happier I was.

My earliest recollection of Iggy Pop is of a young Erica Ehm commenting on his sex appeal – at 10 years old this did not compute, naturally. But, I listened to his music and watched him in an interview- and tucked his name away in my brain for review at a later date.


Iggy Pop was always sort of in the background from that point on – I wasn’t struck by his genius but I also wasn’t paying a lot of attention. First, I discovered The Passenger while listening to a Siouxsie and The Banshees cover and then – Trainspotting happened.

In 1996, when Irvine Welsh’s first novel became a feature film with a killer soundtrack – Iggy Pop demanded attention. The Trainspotting soundtrack introduced Pop to a new generation of teenagers who were not only fans of the book and movie but the soundtrack  as well – in particular track one – Lust For Life (originally co-written with David Bowie and recorded in 1977). Pop’s inclusion on the soundtrack was no coincidence – as Irvine Welsh readers know.

With the loss of so many icons in 2016 (in particular Pop’s good friend and collaborator David Bowie), Pop is one of the few remaining pioneers of the modern rock music I love most. On the day that Iggy Pop’s Post Pop Depression tour visits Toronto, here are a few of the most enduring and beloved songs of his career to date…

The Passenger

I Wanna Be Your Dog


Lust For Life

Real Wild Child (Wild One)

China Girl

Motor Inn (with Peaches)