Iggy Pop said when The Stooges started they were "too wildly arty and creative".

The legendary frontman of the US punk group - famed for their primal rock and uncompromising, simple songs - had a highbrow approach when they initially started playing together in the 1960s.

He told Clash magazine: "A lot of the ideas were too wildly arty and creative, and it wasn't really going anywhere. It was interesting: the more it didn't go anywhere, the more the ideas got simpler, noisier and crazier. That was really step-by-step, inch-by-inch: simple, noisy and crazy! And that seemed to work for us."

Iggy, 62, also said he never gave much thought to his singing voice before the group - which originally included Ron and Scott Asheton and Dave Alexander - got signed.

He added: "It was quite a while before I opened my mouth and ever had the impression that what I was hearing come out was something that was really exciting that I was ready to share with the world. I don't think I gave it real consideration until we got a record deal, and then as soon as we did and I realised, 'Oh, holy s**t: we're gonna be recording' then everything changed and I thought about it a great deal.

"But before the first album, it was more about just throwing my voice out into a place that helped the music. It's hard to tell what we were doing for most people, but we did it like a pack of dogs - until we recorded, then we became more rockist."

The Stooges which now has a different line up, including drummer Scott Asheton, saxophonist Steve Mackay, guitarist James Williamson and bassist Mike Watt- are playing at a number of European festivals this summer.