The Stooges – The Stooges

ARTIST: The Stooges 220px-StoogesStooges
TITLE: The Stooges
SINGLES: I Wanna Be Your Dog
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: 1969, No Fun, Real Cool Time
LINEUP: Iggy Pop, Dave Alexander, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Most every punk-rocker worth his salt claims the Stooges as an influence – and this, their debut has that influence in about half the cuts. The other cuts? Um….

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Starting off with “1969” and “I Wanna Be Your Dog”, and starting side two with “No Fun” and “Real Cool Time” was genius, brilliant, and all you need to hear. Iggy Pop’s swagger and attitude and Ron Asheton’s garage wah-wah guitar launched a thousand bands.

The other songs? A 10 minute dirge that probably sounded better on stage or under the influence of a lot of stuff, and a few songs that seem tossed off. Well, they were tossed off. The Stooges weren’t exactly prolific.

Still, the four songs everyone knows is why everyone should have this.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The Stooges originally delivered a five song album to Elektra. Five songs. The company said they needed three more, so basically they wrote and recorded them in 24 hours. One of them, though, was “Real Cool Time”.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Alternate and different mixes, yes. But remember, they recorded only eight songs and one was a 10 minute thing.

GRADE: B+-: No matter who awesomely awesome those four songs are, it’s the two really slow ones that drag this sucker down.

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