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(Iggy and) The Stooges – The Stooges (1969), Fun House (1970), Raw Power (1973)

February 28, 2020

[Albums 729, 730, 731 / 1001]

The Stooges (1969)

“Well it’s 1969 okay, all across the USA
It’s another year for me and you
Another year with nothing to do”
– The Stooges, 1969 

This is the opening lyric of the record…to which I say, seriously, Iggy?!

Do you have any idea how well the music made in 1969 will hold up 51 years later?!

Perhaps it’s a bit like the film Midnight in Paris, where inevitably, people prefer the arts / culture / entertainment produced in a previous decade to their own present-day 220px-StoogesStoogesproductions.

Even still, surely The Stooges must have had some sort of an inkling that they were in the midst of a pretty darn good musical era.

And in what would become a recurring theme over the hat trick of 1001-listed Stooges albums, I was continually reminded of the early 2000s (likely the strongest music window of the 21st Century thus far).

The hand claps on No Fun certainly contradict the song title & Not Right feels like an early demo of The White Stripes tune, The Hardest Button to Button.

I was further reminded the early 2000s when I saw that John Cale was credited with ‘sleigh bell’ on I Wanna Be Your Dog. Not unlike when he appeared on Super Furry Animals’ Rings Around the World (though on that SFA album, he played a bit of piano – which is a slightly larger contribution than Sir Paul McCartney, who was credited with “carrot and celery” on that album’s 5th track!).

Promising start.


Fun House (1970)

220px-StoogesFunHouse“This used to be a funhouse
But now it’s full of evil clowns”
– P!nk, Funhouse

Prior to listening, I remember reading somewhere that with the sophomore Stooges album, Fun House, the two sides were quite different.

The party was in full swing on Side 1 and by side 2, the party came crashing down.

Kind of like the anti-drug play from Community (S2, E13), where Chevy Chase’s ‘Drugs’ character led to comedy in act 1 before transforming into Ken Jeong’s horrifying character in act 2.

And after listening, all of the above (the Community episode / the album summary from a forgotten source / the P!nk quote) help to summarize the differences between the two sides.

So, I suppose yet another argument in favour of the side 1 / side 2 format that vinyl provides!

Picking up where the debut album left off, the early 2000s parallels also continued.

In this case, the saxophone appearances reminded me of The Zutons (which is a good thing).

And tunes like loose & t.v. eye really reminded me of The Vines (which is a very good thing).

So far, so good.

Though especially given the second side chaos, the operation didn’t sound sustainable…


Raw Power (1973)

By the time Raw Power was released, the act had been re-branded as “Iggy and The Stooges.”

Personally, I can’t see too many scenarios where a (group collective) name becoming a singer + backup band name would lead to more harmonious relations within the group.220px-StoogesRawPower

So maybe it wasn’t meant to last…but with Raw Power, the group went out with a bang.

As per usual, the impact on the early 2000s was evident.

In this case, there’s a more than a slim chance that Search and Destroy was used as a template for The Hives when they recorded their tune, Hate to Say I Told You So.

As far as source material goes, you could do infinitely worse than borrowing from the 8 high-energy tracks here.


It was fascinating to hear these three albums in chronological order.

Overall, I probably would appraise these Stooges albums in the same way as I’d rank the 2000s “The” artists that they inspired.

Like The White Stripes, The Stooges is likely the most agreeable upon first listen, a good starting point.

Like The Vines, Fun House can be messy & it’s arguably the best of the bunch.

And like The Hives, Raw Power would win the prize for being the most energetic.


Verbalize the Positive

When I hear “Iggy” – I inevitably think of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

More specifically, the Men’s Hockey Gold Medal game, from exactly 10 years ago today.

Even more specifically, Sidney Crosby yelling “Iggy!” to let Jarome Iginla know he was open for a pass, during the 4-on-4 Overtime.

And I’ll have to check my notes / VHS tapes, but I seem to recall that the rest of that particular shift worked out OK too!

From → 1960s, 1970s

  1. Not at all surprising that you found some timeless anger-energy here Geoff. What is truly astonishing is that you also found a connection with ice hockey. Now THAT’s impressive.

    • My thanks, Bruce – I sometimes think I’d like to be a person of more varied interests but it appears for me, most roads inevitably lead back to ice hockey / beloved films / charts & graphs!

  2. That’s a lot of great music in one post. I think I prefer the tougher Raw Power – beefs up their sound.

    • I think it had the strongest individual tracks of the lot – Search and Destroy, what an opener!

  3. I keep getting closer to listening to The Stooges, I am afraid it will lessen my love for Iggy though.

    • Fair point – I wasn’t all that emotionally invested in Mr. Pop before listening (having only been a recent convert to The Idiot / Lust for Life).
      But my enjoyment/appreciation only increased after listening so I hope it would have a similar effect for long-term Iggy fans too!

  4. I picked up the debut in a little collection I grabbed and man, what a fantastic album. One of the best finds in a collection so far for me.

    • Fantastic indeed, John!
      Neat that you got it as part of a collection too – I like those ones that you don’t necessarily go looking for specifically but they end up being standouts

  5. I’m a fan of all three of these. I probably should pick them up at some point.

  6. Almost everything I love most musically comes from these three beasts.

  7. I’m s big fan of these three. Iggy with or without The Stooges is just brilliant.

    • He’s batting 1000 for me so far, really enjoyed Lust for Life & The Idiot as well!

      • He’s a favourite of mine. I go through phases of listening to nothing but Iggy… even the not so great albums have their fair share of great moments.

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