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Let there be Pop? Iggy was asked about joining AC/DC

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While Iggy Pop wanted to be your dog, AC/DC apparently wanted him to be their singer.

In an interview with The New York Times Magazine, the Godfather of Punk reveals that the “Back in Black” outfit reached out to him about joining the group.

“They had a manager many years ago, when I hadn’t re-formed the Stooges, I hadn’t moved to England, and this guy said, ‘Are you interested in joining AC/DC?'” Pop recalls. “They were looking for a singer.”

Presumably, Iggy was approached following the death of vocalist Bon Scott in 1980. Scott was eventually replaced by Brian Johnson for AC/DC’s iconic comeback album, Back in Black. Johnson has remained AC/DC’s vocalist since, save for when he was sidelined from tour in 2016 due to hearing issues, during which Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses filled in.

As for whether Pop considered the offer, the “Lust for Life” rocker says he didn’t feel like it would’ve been a good fit.

“I listened to their record. I thought, ‘I can’t fill that bill,'” Iggy shares. “I wasn’t like, ‘Ugh, I don’t like them.’ It was quite well made. They do careful work. But I’m not what they needed.”

While Iggy isn’t jamming with AC/DC, he’s collaborating with a bunch of artists on his upcoming album, Every Loser, dropping this Friday. The record includes contributions from Red Hot Chili Peppers Chad Smith, GN’R’s Duff McKagan, Blink-182‘s Travis Barker and late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, among others.

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