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So is this brilliant piece of madness finally getting mainstream attention? I suppose Jack White's endorsement in the liner notes doesn't hurt matters. In any case, it's about time this was given the reissue treatment. As always, Rhino has done a top notch job here. Sonically, it blows the low budget Electra releases away. And they kept the mix, which is more than you can say for Raw Power.
"Down In The Street" opens a vein of pure anarchy right from the start. And that's only the beginning. If Rock & Roll is all about sex & violence, then "Loose" is the poster child. The sound of repressed lust finally set free to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting world. A war cry for the sexual revolution, or just a tune about some crazy guy flashing chicks on the street? Either way, it's one of the best tracks on this album.
As for "TV Eye", guess it's about dropping acid & being stared at by your cat, but who really cares when you're hit with what Ron Ashton's delivering. Proof you don't need formal training to be a guitar god. Or hell, even know what you're doing. Things may mellow out a bit with the gorgeously sleazy dirge, "Dirt" but then "1970" kicks in. If there ever was a song about being "outta my mind on a Satuday night", this is it. Rumspringa from hell. Enough scorn & dersion to almost be a satire on Teenage Wasteland. Or drunken suburban brats everywhere. As for the title track, they emptied out the asylum here. A psycho jazz freak out, thanks to Steven McKay's manic sax.Read more ›
To talk down the musicianship of the Stooges as a point of punk orthodoxy seems beside the point when you listen to this record. The Stooges actually sound good here! The twin lead guitars that dominate the first half of the album do not sound sludgy at all, despite the heavy reliance on fuzztone and good old fashioned psychedelic wah-wah. They bubble and sizzle like a brain on drugs in a skillet; the wah-wah flares and trebles the sound at just the right moment. The rhythm section too is solid, and without it, this record would go nowhere fast.
Iggy, likewise, knows exactly what he's doing. Though he seems at one point to be yelping like a mad dog, and at the next groaning like a psychedelic Frankenstein, his delivery is always well timed and right with the band.
Given what everyone -says- about the Stooges, I have to wonder whether or not Mr. Gallucci deserves much of the credit here. This is one of the better engineered records of its time, with a sound that cuts like lasers. It is a remarkable performance regardless of who should get the credit.
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Ok. There are 21 songs and I thought overall the album was decent, however,my advice is to buy at your own risk. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeff Howorth
This is quintessential Iggy Pop with his Detroit band The Stooges. They are the seminal punk band whose music was before its time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Myers
There are a lot of people who aren’t gonna like me because of this, but I’ve got my ticket in hand, I’m boarding the train to wherever it takes me, and I’ll be waving from my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Kesler
I learned to appreciate the Stooges after hearing "Loose" from this album on an episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead. I have since colloected all of their catalog. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Radtkes
Fun House was the second release from The Stooges. Recorded in 1970 it is regarded as one of the first Punk albums. Read morePublished 4 months ago by HENDRIXMAN
Crazy and demented like the Stooges. I enjoy this the most of any of their albums.Published 6 months ago by Matthew Ramsey
Came on Sunday instead of Monday, which is when it said it would arrive. This was a pleasant surprise! The record looks damn cool and sounds good.... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nick