The Stooges

Album review
The Stooges

The Stooges

The Stooges

Label: Rhino
Media: CD
Genre: Rock/pop

The Stooges—vocalist Iggy Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton, bassist Dave Alexander, and drummer Scott Asheton—unleashed their feral proto-punk on the world in 1969 and it landed like a boot to the head. The rock world was never the same. In the extensive liner notes to this three-disc reissue (two CDs plus a 45rpm single), music writer Mike Edison sums up the Stooges as “a collision of barely competent garage rock; avant, hippie-baiting noise; and physical confrontation.” This gritty Detroit band pulled no punches, from “1969,” the snarling indictment of their times that kicks off the eight-song album to the equally rabid pleading of “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” from the tender-but-bitter ballad “Ann” to the primal beat of the coy closer, “Little Doll.” Rhino has included the commercially released version of the album as well as producer John Cale’s original mixes (which lay buried till 2005), the mono single version of “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” and the entire album re- imagined through previously unreleased and rare alternate takes (some issued by Rhino in 2005), plus a previously unreleased version of the single “Asthma Attack” (also offered here on a 45 single). Not quite as raw as 1970’s Funhouse, but still pure raunch ’n’ roll. 

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  • primary artist, The Stooges
  • CD

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