The Stooges
The Stooges


4.0
excellent

Review

by tom79 USER (76 Reviews)
March 19th, 2006 | 41 replies


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist


The Stooges may have only released a handful of albums while they were together, but without a doubt, they left their mark and were very influential to countless bands that followed. The Stooges, led by eccentric front man Iggy Pop (Then called Iggy Stooge-b. James Osterberg), are often credited as being one of the first punk rock bands (along with the MC5). Not just in the style of music, but in the attitude, as well as simplicity with instruments, raw vocals and distorted guitars. Taking influences from The Rolling Stones and The Doors, they add The Stones' sleaze combined with The Doors' on stage acts. Iggy Pop was famous for his on stage antics which range from covering himself with peanut butter to getting cut with glass and bleeding on stage. The Stooges (Then called The Psychedelic Stooges) sighed to Elektra Records after the MC5 suggested them to a scout in 1967. When the scout (Danny Fields) saw their live show, they were sighed and then released this self titled debut in 1969. Produced by The Velvet Underground's John Cale, the album was released in 1969, the end of a decade dominated mostly (not all) by pop tunes and the peace/love era, this album was the complete opposite to all of that as it is darker, raunchier and vulgar. For some extra information, this album is listed at # 185 on Rolling Stone Top 500 albums of all time list.

The Stooges debut opens up with a classic tune. 1969 pretty much sets the tone for the album with its distorted guitar over some pounding drumming. The song then kicks into a similar sounding beat to The Who's 'My Generation', but once Iggy's signature voice comes in, you can easily tell the difference. This song is a perfect example of how a simple beat and nothing instrumentally spectacular can make an effective song. 1969 is a great way to open up the record. Track number two is another one of my favorites on the album and also the first Stooges song I heard. After some distortion, I Wanna Be Your Dog goes into a heavy riff followed by some tambourine jingle which is used in the song and quite effectively too. The song does contain some dirty lyrics, though that is nothing that The Stooges aren't familiar with. Following I Wanna Be Your Dog is the epic song of the album. Clocking in at over ten minutes, We Will Fall is by far the longest on the album, though that doesn't make it the best. The song is very calm and remains that way the whole song. It contains no drums, just Iggy's monotone voice, with some haunting backing vocals. If you listen closely, you can faintly hear the guitar in the background. John Cale plays violin in this song as well. Although the song is ten minutes long, it is nothing groundbreaking, as it basically repeats itself. I wouldn't say it's a bad song, just very dark. Now we are back on track with this next tune. No Fun is a classic Stooges song with its simple but very catchy beat with the hand clapping effects. Lyrically the song is nothing too special, but Iggy sings the song very well, making up for it. The song is also quite long too at over five minutes.

The second half of the album begins with Real Cool Time. The song is good, but nothing in particular stands out. Musically, it's one of the more heavy songs on the album, but Iggy still sings his same tone of voice. The song really only has one line with Iggy repeating: "I say we will have a real cool time tonight". I can probably guess what he's talking about there, but I won't. After a harder song, Anne slows things down a bit. It is a very soft song, but does get a little messy towards the end. The song has little to no guitar, and keeps a very simple drum beat throughout the song. Iggy does however, explore different vocal ranges on the song as he changes his tone various times. The song has no guitar until the end where Ron starts to randomly play different distorted solos. Not Right picks up the pace with its fast drumming and guitar. This song does feature some decent guitar playing. Rob plays some cool little solos from time to time in the song and does them quite well. They are not too complex, but suit the song perfectly. The last half of the song is instrumental but well done. The eighth and last song on the album is Little Doll. After a nice, but simple bassline from Dave, Iggy starts singing the verses with his signature raw vocals. The song features some heavily distorted guitars, especially towards the end of the song. Not much else to say about the song, other then that is a good way to end a good album.

The Stooges' debut has nothing lyrically or musically amazing and not much diversity, but that's not what The Stooges were known for. They are known for putting together raw rock and roll songs, and that's exactly what they do here on this fine debut. The album blends garage rock, psychedelic, and punk rock very nicely. This record however, may not be for everyone as it may take some getting used to. If you are just getting into the Stooges, I would recommend getting Raw Power first and then this or Fun House. But either way, this is a solid album as there are really no bad tracks. I would give it a 3.5-4/5 for the music, but a 5/5 for being hugely influential to many bands to come.

Standout Tracks:
1969
I Wanna Be Your Dog
No Fun
Not Right



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Thor
March 19th 2006


10194 Comments


Good review. My band covers "I Wanna Be Your Dog".

sEx_MaGiK
March 19th 2006


8 Comments


yea good review, Ive heard of these guys, although I never actually heard any of there stuff. I think ill check 'em out

AlienEater
March 19th 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I prefer funhouse.
nice review.

Two-Headed Boy
March 19th 2006


4527 Comments


I haven't heard the stooges, but I've heard so much about them. Good review, up to your standards, tom.

NEDM
March 19th 2006


1113 Comments


Nice review Tom. The Stooges were such pioneers.

skatersonic2002
June 24th 2006


48 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The album that started it all! This was the blueprint for punk and alternative music. HAIL THE STOOGES!

stinkypoptart
August 23rd 2006


1169 Comments


Dude, this was a sweet review.
I got a book a few days ago called please kill me and its basically the history of punk. Iggy and the other guys (i think i dont know their names) talk about all the cool shit. I really want to get a stooges cd.

metallicaman8
August 23rd 2006


4677 Comments


The Three Stooges> The Stooges.

tom79
August 23rd 2006


3372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's quite the compaision there. Hmm...both were pioneers and influential, and both are great.

have you even heard any StoogesThis Message Edited On 08.23.06

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heyseuss
August 23rd 2006


384 Comments


The Stooges > Metallica

Iggy Pop >>>>>>> James Hetfield

John Paul Harrison
August 23rd 2006


1014 Comments


The Three Stooges> The Stooges.


Three Stooges = Charlie Chaplain style slapstick, sans deep political satire and social commentary.

Stooges = High energy thrills. For $13.99.


heyseuss
August 23rd 2006


384 Comments


Oh, if only they could mix slapstick and satire.

John Paul Harrison
August 23rd 2006


1014 Comments


Charlie Chaplain? Modern Times?

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1810303024652738405&q=modern+times

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heyseuss
August 23rd 2006


384 Comments


I don't watch enough. Of anything...

John Paul Harrison
August 23rd 2006


1014 Comments


John Paul politely requests that you take advantage of my efforts and follow the link. First 20 minutes, at least.

When convenient for you, that is.


heyseuss
August 23rd 2006


384 Comments


Alright.

*The Stooges, yeeah...*

metallicaman8
August 23rd 2006


4677 Comments


[quote=arseface]The Stooges > Metallica



Iggy Pop >>>>>>> James Hetfield[/quote]

You make Metallicaman sad

have you even heard any Stooges


No, I'm speaking entirely out of my arse.

MrKite
January 6th 2007


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Does Iggy lip sync? I saw some thing of him doing I'm Bored and he made it really obvious.
I ordered this from eBay and it's coming with a second disc. of bonus tracks so I'm pumped.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN6ZWd6GtUc
Is the bassists in this video Mike Watt?

tom79
January 6th 2007


3372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah that's Mike Watt. And I doubt Pop lipsyncd, it could just be bad video/audio quality, I don't know though.

MrKite
January 6th 2007


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It was really bad like he was moving the microphone around (away from his mouth) and his lips weren't moving. I'm going to guess the show made him do that.



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