THE STOOGES — The Stooges (review)

THE STOOGES — The Stooges album cover Album · 1969 · Proto-Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
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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.
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