Iggy Pop gets no respect. The guy basically invented punk rock. His song "The Passenger" is among the top 10 rock songs ever recorded, and "Lust for Life" is among the top one rock songs ever recorded. What does Pop get in the video game world for his lifetime of rock and/or roll dedication? Is it a branded Rock Band game ala The Beatles? Is it a second-tier Guitar Hero: Iggy Pop game? Is it even an appearance as a playable character in Guitar Hero 5? No. None of those. Instead Iggy Pop will appear as a mini-fig in Lego: Rock Band.
I'm not sure why the bisexual, unrepentant drug-abusing head of The Stooges, who sang songs about dissolution, heroin and nihilism while cutting himself with broken bottles on stage, is included in the kid-friendly Lego: Rock Band, but I guess if enough time passes, even the most dangerous, subversive artist becomes safe for the whole family, and the most dangerous music becomes a perfect background for advertising family cruises and soda pop.
We were discussing this story at G4 seconds ago, and trying to think of any musician, actor or pop culture figure who is regarded by the culture as "dangerous." Like, maybe how the Sex Pistols were seen in the 70s, or N.W.A. in the 80s, or Marilyn Manson in the 90s. We couldn't come up with anyone at all! Is there anyone dangerous left?
Also: He's a hero to me (a fan of old school punk rock) but have you ever even heard of Iggy Pop?