THE STOOGES

Proto-Metal / Hard Rock • United States
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The Stooges are one of the most influential bands in rock though in thier brief existence in the late '60's/early 70's they were more of an underground sensation and the group's legacy grew the next few decades and Iggy Pop had become a pop icon.

Formed in 1967 by James Osterberg in Ann Arbour, Michigan who gained the nickname "Iggy" from an earlier band he played in, The Iquanas and saw his favourite band Doors play in Chicago and became inspired and latter the three members of The Stooges added the nickname "Pop" after a local street character thus took "Iggy Pop" as his stage name. The rest of the band consisted of the Asheton brothers, Ron on guitar and Scott on drums with bassist Dave Alexander rounding out the line up.

After seeing the MC5 in concert in Ann Arbour the band took on a raw grimy, noisy proto-punk style and
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THE STOOGES The Stooges album cover 3.55 | 4 ratings
The Stooges
Proto-Metal 1969
THE STOOGES Fun House album cover 4.23 | 9 ratings
Fun House
Proto-Metal 1970
THE STOOGES Raw Power album cover 4.50 | 4 ratings
Raw Power
Proto-Metal 1973
THE STOOGES The Weirdness album cover 1.50 | 1 ratings
The Weirdness
Proto-Metal 2007
THE STOOGES READY TO DIE album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
READY TO DIE
Hard Rock 2013

THE STOOGES EPs & splits

THE STOOGES I'm Sick Of You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I'm Sick Of You
Proto-Metal 1977
THE STOOGES Jesus Loves The Stooges album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jesus Loves The Stooges
Proto-Metal 1977

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THE STOOGES Metallic K.O. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Metallic K.O.
Proto-Metal 1976
THE STOOGES Metallic2xKO album cover 1.50 | 1 ratings
Metallic2xKO
Proto-Metal 1988
THE STOOGES Telluric Chaos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Telluric Chaos
Proto-Metal 2005

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THE STOOGES No Fun album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Fun
Proto-Metal 1980
THE STOOGES 1970: The Complete Fun House album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1970: The Complete Fun House
Proto-Metal 1999

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THE STOOGES The Stooges

Album · 1969 · Proto-Metal
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Quite a hard rocking album for 1969. To me this sounds like THE STOOGES are using The Rolling Stones as their blues rock template but ramping up the adrenoline with a harder edge and a tasty wah-wah lead guitar. This debut album was a commercial flop at the time but the balls-to-the-wall rock they were delivering became a cult hit and would eventually catch on almost a decade later in the form of punk and metal. In particular I tend to hear influences on Alice Cooper and AC/DC.

This first album is a strange mix as it drifts from hard rock to psychedelia and back again. They originally only had five songs but needed more and actually had to lie to get the record deal by telling them they had needed to record them. The three tracks "Real Cool Time", "Not Right" and "Little Doll" were written overnight and improvised on the spot in the studio. This album feels a little controlled compared to the next one where they unleash their aggressive energy and capture the raw live performance vibe. Despite the material varying in quality this is a decent debut that certainly has made more of an impact in retrospect than it ever did when it was released.

THE STOOGES The Weirdness

Album · 2007 · Proto-Metal
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When the first track on the legendarily confrontational Stooges' long-awaited reunion album is called "Trollin'", it's hard not to raise an eyebrow. Iggy Pop sings in the track in question about how "Rock critics wouldn't like this at all", and it's hard not to take that as a direct admission that as far as a followup to the band's legendary proto-punk releases at the dawn of the 1970s goes The Weirdness simply isn't up to scratch.

On albums such as Raw Power and (especially) the incredible Fun House the Stooges sounded like nothing anyone had heard before, and precious little that has come since; on The Weirdness, they sound like any other third-rate garage band. In fact, the closest point of comparison is Skull Ring, Iggy Pop's preceding solo album (on which the Stooges reunion first manifested), a piece which showed a similar total lack of good ideas. In short, I am left with the profound impression that Iggy got the Stooges back together simply because he ran out of better ideas, not because there was any material worthy of the band's illustrious past for them to perform.

THE STOOGES Raw Power

Album · 1973 · Proto-Metal
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"Raw Power" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US hard rock act The Stooges. The album was released through Columbia Records in February 1973. After the original Stooges lineup broke up after the release of their 2nd album "Fun House (1970)", Iggy Pop and guitarist James Williamson relocated to London after meeting David Bowie, who helped them get a deal with Columbia Records. After unsuccessfully searching for a bassist and a drummer, Pop and Williamson asked original Stooges members Scott and Ron Asheton to fly over to London and become members of the band again. Ron Asheton who had originally been the band´s guitarist, switched to bass. The band were still completely out there on drugs though and after/during touring in support of the album The Stooges split for a second time.

While the cover artwork depicts Iggy Pop in a sort of glam outfit, the music on "Raw Power" is anything but glam influenced. This is filthy and raw rock´n´roll delivered in an absolutely caustic fashion. Highly aggressive and adrenaline pumped, it´s no wonder "Raw Power" is almost universally hailed as one of the seminal proto punk albums. Iggy Pop sounds positively mad on the album. One moment on the verge of an emotional breakdown and the next commanding and aggressive. I don´t know if he didn´t shoot up for a couple of days before recording the album, but this sounds almost scary at times. Tracks like "Search and Destroy", "You're Pretty Face Is Going To Hell(Hard To Beat)" and the title track were definitely among the most aggressive sounding music released up until then. The band haven´t completely forgotten their jamming psychadelic past though and there are longer jamming type parts on the album too (and a couple of eerie and dark power ballads in "Gimme Danger" and "I Need Somebody"), but the tracks are generally shorter and more edgy than the earlier material by the band. The feeling that the music threatens to beat you to a pulp is not exactly diminished by the ultra raw sound production. If anyone thought the sound on the first two albums was raw, take a listen to this one.

Ultimately "Raw Power" is not the most consistent album and there are tracks that aren´t as great as the best ones on the album, but when the band hit the right notes, they do it with such conviction and fierce energy, that I´m left completely in awe. It´s not an easy album to rate but a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating isn´t all wrong.

THE STOOGES Fun House

Album · 1970 · Proto-Metal
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UMUR
"Fun House" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US hard rock/ proto punk act The Stooges. The album was released in July 1970 by Elektra Records. The Stooges have on several occasions expressed their dissatisfaction with the way their debut album ended up sounding. The band felt that Elektra Records pressured them into writing short vers/chorus based tracks when in fact their "real" sound was more based on extented jams. Therefore The Stooges made it their mission to make sure that "Fun House" would be to their satisfaction and represent what they really sounded like. The band travelled to Los Angeles and recorded the album in the 14 days between May 10th and May 24th of 1970 with producer Don Gallucci. Don Gallucci understood the band´s vision and set up a recording schedule where the band would record one track a day live in the studio. They would then pick the best version out of maybe 10-20 versions of each track and put on the album.

The band had some pretty bad drug habits already before going to Los Angeles but it was during these recording sessions that they were introduced to heroin. A drug several of the members would become addicted to and one of the main reasons for the band´s demise. The other main contributor to that demise was probably the fact that none of The Stooges albums sold very well upon initial release and they weren´t very well received by neither critics nor fans either. The Stooges are a classic case of posthumous fame and recognition.

The music on "Fun House" is a pretty interesting mix of several different music styles. You got the distorted hard rock riffing (take a listen to the opening riff in "T.V. Eye". That sounds like Motörhead to me), repetitive krautrock beats that remind me of artists like Can and Popol Vuh and then there´s the dark psychadelic rock vibe that reminds me of The Doors. Most of all you can just hear how much The Stooges enjoy playing and that´s always a positive experience. Lead vocalist Iggy Pop sounds absolutely mad on some of the tracks. The 7:45 minutes long jamming title track which includes saxophone playing by Steve McKay, is probably where you´ll heard Iggy Pop at his most out there, but also the closing noise jam "L.A. Blues" sets standards for chaotic madness. The latter is probably an aquired taste, but as far as I understand it´s tracks like "L.A. Blues" and "Fun House" that tell most about how The Stooges sounded on stage.

"Fun House" is a bold statement from a band that wasn´t even established yet. They took a chance with the relatively experimental approach and failed badly in commercial terms. They were soon after dropped by Elektra Records and the band went into a hiatus. They would resurface as Iggy & The Stooges and release "Raw Power (1973)" through Columbia Records but finally disbanded in early 1974. Alledgedly at this point Iggy Pop had become impossible to work with as a result of his heroin addiction. But that was a few years more down the line. "Fun House" may not have done the trick for the large part of music critics or for most music buyers but they had a cult following that would keep mentioning their name and ensure them a place in music history. The first prolific act to cover a song by The Stooges was The Sex Pistols. The Sex Pistols included The Stooges track "No Fun" as the B-side to their 1977 "Pretty Vacant" single.

I can certainly understand the mixed reactions to "Fun House". If you come to the album expecting neatly arranged vers/chorus tracks you´ll be disappointed. If you come to the album expected tracks creating in the spirit of jamming you´ll be much more likely to enjoy the album. I enjoy every track on the album except for "L.A. Blues", which I actually find quite annoying. Noise for the sake of it, has never been my poison. Unfortunately that track has so much impact on my listening experience that I have to take away half a star from my rating. A 3.5 - 4 star rating is deserved.

THE STOOGES The Stooges

Album · 1969 · Proto-Metal
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"The Stooges" is the debut full-length studio album by US hard rock/proto punk act The Stooges. The album was released in August 1969 through Elektra Records.

The music is a distorted and noisy kind of hard rock and is understandably called proto punk by many. The snarling "fuck You" attitude is certainly there and considering the album was released in 1969 it´s at times a quite extreme hard rock album. To contrast the predominantly short and aggressive tunes the album also features the 10:18 minutes long "We Will Fall" which to my ears is a complete The Doors worship. Psychadelic, chanting, repetitive and bleak "We Will Fall" in many ways reminds me of "The End".

While the musicianship isn´t on the highest level, there´s an honesty and organic delivery about the whole affair that is rare. This is raw and "In your Face". Add to that lead vocalist Iggy Pop´s generally flippant attitude and the album comes off as a good example of a noisy and loud, sex, drugs and rock´n´roll type album.

The Stooges deliver with this album, there´s no doubt about that, but it´s also obvious that they weren´t very mature as songwriters yet, and not all tracks are queally interesting. Alledgedly the band didn´t have enough material to record a full-length studio album but The Stooges lied to Elektra Records and said they had enough material to enter the studio. That resulted in "Real Cool Time", "Not Right", and "Little Doll" being written so close to entering the studio, that The Stooges didn´t have time to rehearse them properly before recording them. Despite a few shortcomings I think "The Stooges" is a great debut album and a 3.5 star rating is warranted.

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