Rock wildman Iggy Pop wishes his parents had lived long enough to enjoy his success.

The punk icon fears his folks died believing their foul-mouthed son would never achieve his dreams.

In a candid new Playboy interview, the 66-year-old Real Wild Child singer says, "I miss my parents. I feel I didn't do well enough for them. If I'd had a different career it would've been better for them. That bothers me.

"Especially my mother. She passed away in the mid-1990s, when I was still one of those obscure American figures. I'd show up on some Tv show and go, 'Motherf**ker! Motherf**ker!' She'd say to my dad, 'Oh, I wish Jimmy wouldn't say motherf**ker'.

"I wish she could have seen some of my worldly success."

And Iggy, real name James Newell Osterberg, Jr., admits he could so easily have chosen a very different career path that would have thrilled his parents: "I got into music. If that hadn't happened, I'd probably be a fundamentalist preacher right now."