Do not merge this artist with The Stooges. James Williamson is not a member of “The Stooges” and is the significant difference in Iggy & The Stooges – the member that pushed “The Stooges” guitarist Ron Asheton to bass guitar. Iggy says although “The Stooges” died with Ron Asheton, there is still “Iggy and the Stooges”.
The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, were an American rock band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, active first from 1967 (originally as "The Psychedelic Stooges") to 1974, and reunited later during 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are regarded widely as instrumental in the development of punk rock, as well as influential to alternative rock, heavy metal music and rock music at large. The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them 78th on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.