The Stooges

The Stooges
THE STOOGES

 

The Stooges were a rock band that got their start in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967. They were sometimes referred to as Iggy and the Stooges, and the original band members consisted of Iggy Pop, David Alexander, Ron Asheton and Scott Asheton. They are widely considered to be influencers of hard rock, and heavy metal, and they are a major influence in establishing the punk rock genre.

The Stooges self titled debut album was released on August 5th, 1969 and was originally produced by John Cale of The Velvet Underground. It was rejected by Elektra Records, the same record company that had the Doors as their main act, but was redone by Iggy Pop and Jac Holzman, president of Elektra. It is widely considered a seminal proto-punk record.

The first song on the record, 1969, starts out with some great sounds from a wah wah pedal, and then turns into a classic guitar riff that sounds like the earliest incarnations of punk. With Iggy Pop’s vocals I get the feel of what punk was about to become. A classic opening tune.

The next song on the record is I Wanna Be Your Dog. This song consists of an iconic and very recognisable guitar riff which is played over and over throughout, and there are sleigh bells chiming through the piece as well. This is my favorite song on the record, and one of The Stooges classic, proto-punk songs. It is considered in Rolling Stone magazine’s top 500 songs of all time, coming in at number 438.

We Will Fall is a ten minute track that departs from the rest of the record, and it can be a bit hard to ingest for those who don’t like long, drawn out, droning pieces of music, which is exactly what it is. It is also a great song if the lights are low, the lava lamp is fired up, and the mood is right. It is an obscure song, but it works if you’re in the right frame of mind. The song definitely breaks up the consistency of an otherwise great rock album. I would consider We Will Fall the records one psychedelic song, dropped in with the rest being rockers and proto-punk gems.

The next song is No Fun, and it has some great fuzz guitar riffs, along with Iggy’s vocals, it is a great, early punk tune. I can see the influence that the band had on future punk and hard rock bands while listening to this track.

The next song, Real Cool Time, starts out with that wah wah sound and heavy guitars. The early workings of heavy metal by The Stooges gave a lot of bands their influence, a group that was somewhat ahead of their time.

Ann is a slow song, that reminds me a bit of The Doors. Actually, there are parts of this record as a whole that reminds me of The Doors. Although I can hear the similarities between both bands, they each have their own distinct style. The Doors a bit more psychedelic, while The Stooges are more harder.

Not Right is a classic garage rock song all the way, very entertaining, but not one of The Stooges more recognisable tunes.

Little Doll is the last song on the record, and it rocks the album out nicely, with a quick funky bass beginning, which follows with some heavy guitars. A great song, and Iggy has a great punk voice. The beginnings of a genre for sure.

The only low point in the record for me is We Will Fall, not because I don’t like the song, but it doesn’t really seem to follow the blueprint for the rest of the record, and seems out of place. But the record as a whole is excellent, and the future is being laid out before us. THE GODFATHERS OF PUNK, indeed!

Rating: A-

 

7 thoughts on “The Stooges

  1. Hi Eric

    Excellent stuff here. In 1964 I was 11 years old and that’s when The Beatles really got rolling. I became an instant fan and I still am.

    What a collection you have here. Every list brought me back to that time and all of that incredible music.

    I also learned something. I always thought that Iggy Pop was British. Learn something every day.

    Luthor

    1. Hello Luthor, thanks for visiting. Glad you like the site. Actually, I used to think Iggy was British also, so funny! Please stop by again, I have more reviews coming!

  2. Hello Erick. Good article, I did not know before this rock band that you mention and it is curious because my dad is very rocky hehe and he always puts his music and the one that I like, groups like: scorpions, Dio, Nirvana, among others. Have you already written about them?

    1. Hello Alexander, thank you for visiting. I have not wtitten about the bands you mentioned, but I have Dio in my collection, and I like The Scorpions! Maybe I’ll post about them in the future.

  3. Wow! Great post. When I listened to the “I am your dog” song, I was immediately taken back to college. I went to the University of South Carolina back in 1989-92, and all the parties played a mix of psychedelic music and Nirvana. It’s amazing how a piece of music can instantly take you back, so thanks for the links to the songs!

    Will you be adding more reviews for recent music? What I’m trying to find is some contemporary music that sounds like that: maybe a neo-psychedelic postmodern rock? lol.
    Do you have a newsletter?

    Elizabeth

    1. Hello Elizabeth, thank you for visiting! Yeah, music tends to take people back! It’s universal, I think. I don’t have a newsletter or anything like that yet, maybe in the future. Right now I’m into the whole psychedelic 60’s thing, but I have so many different types of music, that I may expand in the future. Hope you’ll come back and check out more reviews, I’ll be posting every week!

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