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The Weirdness Import

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Recorded in Chicago in October '06 with the esteemed producer Steve Albini, THE WEIRDNESS reunited the three original members with Mike Watt filling in on bass. One of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 2007, THE WEIRDNESS is destined to be as inspiring, unpredictable and undeniable as the three records that preceded it over three decades ago. The release of the album will be followed by a full world tour that will clearly display the energy vitality and freshness of one of rock and roll's greatest stories.

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Their rudely urgent brand of earsplitting garage rock and bawdy English blues straddled the '60s into the '70s, but, sadly, the Stooges disintegrated in 1973, leaving their insurgent leader Iggy Pop to power through more than three decades of music alone. But a phone call to the surviving members and siblings Ron (guitar) and Scott Asheton (drums) to play on Pop's 2003 record Skull Ring led to the improbable: a full-on reunion of a band that served as a precursor to the so-called birth of punk rock that would follow three years after its breakup. Employing producer Steve Albini (Nirvana) to capture a similar bare minimum to their legendary three-album catalog--three power chords and an archaic rhythm section co-anchored by bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE)--these Stooges let Pop's in-your-face vocals capture the mundane: cruising for women, teenage autonomy, and finding love in a cash machine. But never fear that these late-middle-agers (Pop turns 60 a month after the album's release) feel the need to impede the volume. Songs such as "Trollin'," "Greedy Awful People," "She Took My Money," and "Mexican Guy" detonate like outtakes from 1970's Fun House. And with Iggy Pop showing no signs of slowing down and the Ashetons having nothing else to do, this band of Stooges stands a chance of outliving the first one. --Scott Holter
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000MTDRJU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Christopher Newton on March 14, 2007
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The only thing disappointing about this album is the critical reaction to it. People who claim that "The Weirdness" tarnishes the Stooges legacy apparently aren't (or weren't) paying attention. What we have here is another critically panned record that rocks really hard. The same thing can be said of their first three records. The majority of people hated the Stooges the first time around and it looks like nothing has changed. So it looks to me like that particular legacy is pretty much intact.

If you don't think that this album rocks hard enough then I think that you may not be listening to it at the correct volume setting: maximum. Every song here hits hard and fast and is overpowering at high volume. If people tell you this album has no balls, or that the production is poor, don't believe it.

The truly disappointing thing about all of the dismissive reviews is that no one is actually bothering to analyze the material on the record. They seize on some of the dorkier lyrics and give the thumbs down. What we have on this record, as one of the better reviews has put it, is a profound cynicism. Iggy express hatred for mankind and human nature ("You Can't Have Friends", "My Idea of Fun"). He attacks religion ("Greedy Awful People", "No Christianity") and war ("My Idea of Fun") and links sex with money ("ATM" and "She Took Money"). Songs like "I'm Fried" and "Free and Freaky" also express the disaffected drop out attitude that we are familiar with from past Stooges material ("1969").

More important than the cynicism expressed throughout the album is the recurrent theme of weirdness that's explored in "Free and Freaky", "Mexican Guy" and, of course, the title track.
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Out of the unidentifiable present, of which a fiction-reading coffee-body like me perceives to be 'the future,' The Stooges release a new album. If you're looking for a good lead singer who has felt a lot, Iggy Pop is here. That he still materially exists seems spiritual.

The band behind him oftentimes sounds like they're in front of him, smashing through 12 tracks of rock n' roll, pretty straight ahead.

I'm guessing Iggy hasn't been a regular smoker because his voice is in solid shape. And he's really funny. At the end of the first song when he says, 'Trollin' ... Trollin,' an awkward emphasis especially on the second pronunciation, I think it's so funny.

He's really been through it and on 'I'm Fried' he repeatedly sings, 'I'm REALLY fried,' and the more times you hear it the more amusing and either off-putting or engaging it becomes, depending on if you are allured by discomforting truths.

I think ATM is my favorite track. Towards the end, the guitar work becomes a monster and the creator of this over-powering, blue-collar riff is from another planet. With bullets flying past him, a mutant uses a wide ladel to swipe lava from a black, boiling pot and pours it down his throat which ignites the machine gun in his other hand to shoot out this cranking soul. Or something like that, because this simplicity appears metaphysical.

While the band keeps shooting, Iggy often displays his spooky amount of insight. In the brilliant 'My Idea of Fun' he sings/says:

'Attention thrills and then it kills

They make you a king, it makes you ill

Till your alone, dead on your throne'

All this after desperation enters through an excellent guitar hook 15 seconds in, setting this song on fire.
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I would like to briefly respond to some of the negative reviews of this album. I've been a fan from the beginning. I am in my 50s. And I am one of those people who loved "Avenue B." At first listening I didn't like it either: the vocals sounded too far down in the mix, the lyrics were goofy, it just sounded weird. But its Iggy and the Stooges so I listened to it a bunch of times in a row. I tried to get Fun House and expectations of it out of my head. It still sounded a little lame. Then, finally I turned it WAY UP. Suddenly the the logic of the mix popped out at me. The wall of sound over times reveal itself as frankly "awesome." The layers of sound on this album are amazingly dense--like Metal Machine Music with chords and melody. I remembered what I liked about great loud apparenly primitive music--the Sex Pistols, the Dolls, the Ramones. Mike Watt's base is literally welded to the bass drum. This thing kicks. And the "goofiness" of the lyrics reveals a cynicism that is truly profound. Yes, it is the season for wars with no reason. It only sounds dumb. This is a very smart record. I might be wrong--but give this album a chance. It has pleasures to reveal.
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The minute I heard there was a new Stooges cd out, I ran to buy it, even though the reviews I had read were mediocre. I wasnt sold on it at first and the sound is slightly muddy, but after a couple of listens, I havent had it out of my cd player in over a week !!!

Turns out to be next to classic Iggy, some lyrics are lightheaded, but most are great songs.

My faves are ATM, My very fave is My Idea Of Fun, the creepy title track with balladeer, crooner Iggy in rare form, ALL stand out but maybe 2 that are fillers.

If you like Iggy and Stooges, GET IT ASAP.

Take my suggestion on listening more than once, you will be sold.

Norman C- Houston
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