Iggy Pop is widely known as the Godfather of Punk, or the even the grandfather of punk, but in a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine, the Stooge says he’s not really a fan of the genre. Which is cool as he was never a punk in the first place.
According to Iggy, it was a name thrust upon him by record executives.
“[Industry suits] have to think in boxes,” he said. “They have to have a place to put me to reference the whole thing.
“And they think they have to explain that to an audience of people who are similarly lacking in intelligence or education. So you get that. It’s okay. But it’s tedious.
“We hadn’t sold out one of the shows, so the promoter wanted me to go on the radio. So I said: ‘Alright, I’ll do an interview.’
“Well, then that wasn’t enough. They wanted me to talk about five punk songs. And I told them: ‘I don’t like punk,'” he added.
You can read the full interview with Iggy in Classic Rock magazine.