Before Iggy Pop was playing a suburban dad on The Adventures of Pete & Pete, he was one of the most iconic frontmen in music. He and the Stooges were rock pioneers, greatly influencing the punk rock scene and he’s still going strong today. While Pop has not necessarily been the most traditionally skilled singer, his stage presence has always been intense and legendary. Always shirtless, Pop is a ball of energy who would, occasionally, find himself bloodied by the end of a show. One time, though, instead of being covered in blood, he was covered in peanut butter, and now you can watch that moment.
The clip comes thanks to a new Jim Jarmusch documentary about Iggy Pop and the Stooges called Gimme Danger. This particularly infamous moment came at a 1970 concert in Cincinnati. Pop essentially walks upon the hands of the crowd and then pulls out a jar of peanut butter. He proceeds to smear the peanut butter on his chest while also throwing it into the crowd. “The group was always very aware of the theatrics of the moment,” Pop says in a voiceover.
Pop’s peanut butter moment has been a bit of rock n’ roll lore for quite some time, so being able to see it does feel somewhat momentous. Surely more momentous than somebody smearing peanut butter on their chest has any right to be. It’s just the tip of the iceberg, too, which leaves a lot of fodder for the rest of this documentary.
(Via Rolling Stone)