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How to Tell Iggy Azalea and Iggy Pop Apart: An Illustrated Guide

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Iggy Pop is the famous “Godfather of Punk” whose primal, excellent rock and roll music – both with first group The Stooges and later as a solo artist – has inspired and enthralled countless generations.

Iggy Azalea is the millions-selling female rapper (from Australia!) whose inescapable hit “Fancy” is probably the song of the summer.

They are both named Iggy. Understandably, there may be some confusion, and so we are here to help.

1. Iggy Azalea Is 24 – Iggy Pop Is Older Than Time

Azalea was negative 13 when Pop recorded his best-known song, “Lust for Life.” She was six when the song made an appearance in the popular Scottish film about heroin and a few other things, Trainspotting, and was 15 or so when the song started soundtracking Royal Caribbean Cruise line ads. (Iggy Pop’s alter ego, nice Ypsilanti, Michigan, boy James Osterberg, is 67 years old.)

2. Iggy Pop Has Excellent Lumbar Flexion – Iggy Azalea Has Excellent Butt Control

Iggy Pop, 1970
Iggy Pop is notoriously insane onstage; he can bend and contort his body in all kinds of yogic ways. Iggy Azalea can twerk each half of her butt independently, as seen at 2:32 in the video for “Work.”

3. Henry Rollins Is Feuding with Iggy Pop, Not Iggy Azalea

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You might be confusing Henry Rollins, weight-lifting enthusiast and former Black Flag frontman, with Nicki Minaj, who may or may not have dissed Iggy Azalea once. This is an easy mistake to make.

4. Iggy Azalea Is Named for Her Dog – Iggy Pop is Named After Iguanas

Iggy Azalea
As previously mentioned, Pop was born James Osterberg, and acquired the nickname “Iggy” in high school while serving as the drummer of a blues band called The Iguanas. Azalea, whose real name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly, adopted her stage name from the name of her childhood dog and the street she grew up on.

5. Iggy Azalea Is a Woman – Iggy Pop Is a Man

Iggy Pop By Mikael Jansson from Mikael Jansson on Vimeo.

Don’t be confused by how frequently Pop wears a dress.

But Where Does Azealia Banks Fit In?

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Excellent question, glad you asked. Banks, who’s behind the unimpeachably excellent “212,” has a history of throwing Twitter shade at Iggy Azalea and a lot of other people besides. But – most importantly – she has very little to do with Iggy Pop.

And now you know. Don’t be afraid to enter into conversations about either Iggy Pop or Iggy Azalea now, buoyed by your newfound knowledge.

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