Punk rocker Iggy Pop is taking a hiatus from his solo career to focus on his old band The Stooges.

The I WANNA BE YOUR DOG hitmakers reformed last year (05), 32 years after they split, and played the Big Day Out festival in Australia this week (ends27JAN06).

Pop says, "There is no solo career right now. I'm trying to wind that down. I don't really want to make a solo record.

"I've done country. I've done spoken word. I've done jazz. I've butchered the blues. I've done solo acoustic. I've done enough of all that.

"I want to do this! I'm on a mission from the devil. I'm going to make a Stooges album. That's what I'm on."