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Background information Also known as Origin Genre(s) Years active Label(s) Associated acts Website Members Iggy Pop Scott Asheton James Williamson Mike Watt Steve MacKay Former members Dave Alexander Ron Asheton Billy Cheatham Jimmy Recca Bob Sheff Scott Thurston Zeke Zettner Iggy & The Stooges Iggy Pop & The Stooges The Psychedelic Stooges Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States Protopunk, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock, garage rock 1967–1971 1972–1974 2003–present Elektra, Columbia, Virgin Iggy Pop, The Iguanas, Minutemen Official website
touring extensively and releasing an album of new material. On January 6, 2009, guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead from a heart attack in his Ann Arbor home; several months later, the band announced plans to continue performing with later guitarist James Williamson replacing Asheton .
Iggy Pop (born James Newell Osterberg) played in several Ann Arbor, Michigan-area bands as a teenager, including The Iguanas and later The Prime Movers. The Prime Movers nicknamed Osterberg ’Iggy’ in reference to his earlier band. Osterberg was first inspired to form The Stooges after meeting blues drummer Sam Lay during a visit to Chicago. He returned to Detroit with the idea that simply copying established blues performers wasn’t enough — he wanted to create a whole new form of blues music. Brothers Ron (guitar) and Scott Asheton (drums), along with their friend Dave Alexander (bass guitar) rounded out the rest of the band, with Osterberg taking vocal duties. The three nicknamed Osterberg "Pop" after a local character whom Osterberg resembled. Shortly after witnessing an MC5 concert in Ann Arbor, Osterberg began using the stage name Iggy Pop, a name that he has used ever since. The band’s debut was at a Halloween concert at their house in State Street in 1967. They did not play live again until January 1968. During this early period, The Stooges were originally billed as the "Psychedelic Stooges" at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan, and other venues, where they played with the MC5 and others. At one of their early Grande Ballroom performances, Asheton’s guitar neck separated from the body and forced the band to shut down during the opening song, "I Wanna Be Your Dog". The group’s early sound was very different from their later music; critic Edwin Pouncey writes:
The Stooges are an American rock band that were first active from 1967 to 1974, then reformed in 2003. The Stooges sold few records in their original incarnation and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences. Nevertheless, The Stooges are widely regarded as instrumental in the rise of punk rock, as well as influential to alternative rock and heavy metal. Singer Iggy Pop and his often-outrageous onstage performances were frequently the main focus of attention. They reformed in 2003, with bassist Mike Watt replacing the deceased Dave Alexander,
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The Stooges’ early musical experiments were more avant garde than punk rock, with Pop incorporating such household objects as a vacuum cleaner and a blender into an intense wall of feedback that one observer described as sounding like "an airplane was landing in the room." Homemade instruments were also incorporated to flesh out the overall sound. The ’Jim-a-phone’ involved pushing feedback through a funnel device which was raised and lowered to achieve the best effect. There was also a cheap Hawaiian guitar which Pop and guitarist Ron Asheton would take turns in plucking to produce a simulated sitar drone, while drummer Scott Asheton pounded away at a set of oil drums with a ball hammer.
broadcast interview at WNUR Northwestern University radio station in Evanston IL in 1984, Stiv Bators of The Lords of the New Church and The Dead Boys confirmed the long-standing rumor that it was he who had provided the peanut butter, having carried a large tub from his home in Youngstown, OH and handing it up to Iggy from the audience. It has since become an iconic rock image. Fun House, like the debut album, was poorly received by both the general public and the critics. Alexander was fired from the band in August 1970 after showing up at the Goose Lake International Music Festival too drunk to play. He was replaced by a succession of new bass players: Zeke Zettner and James Recca. Around this time, the band expanded their line-up, adding saxophonist Steve MacKay and then a second guitar player, roadie Billy Cheatham. Cheatham was quickly replaced by James Williamson. At this point, The Stooges (with the notable exception of Ron Asheton) had all become serious heroin users, with Pop being the worst example. The drug was introduced to the band by new manager John Adams. Their performances became even more unpredictable, and Pop often had trouble standing up on stage due to his extreme drug abuse. Elektra soon (July 1971) dropped The Stooges from its roster, and the band went on hiatus for several months. The final lineup was Iggy Pop, the Asheton brothers, Jimmy Recca and James Williamson.
The Stooges soon gained a reputation for their wild, primitive live performances. Pop, especially, won fame for his outrageous onstage behaviour—smearing his bare chest with hamburger meat and peanut butter, cutting himself with shards of glass, and flashing his genitalia to the audience. At one concert, he played a vacuum cleaner like a musical instrument. Pop is also sometimes credited with the invention or popularization of stage diving. In 1968, The Stooges were signed by Elektra Records, who had sent a scout named Danny Fields to see the MC5. He wound up signing both acts. (Fields would later go on to discover and manage the Ramones.) 1969 saw the release of their self-titled debut album, The Stooges, but it did not sell very well, nor was it well received by critics at the time. Legend has it that half of the album was written the night before the first session, which was produced by former Velvet Underground bassist John Cale. A second album, Fun House, followed in 1970. Many consider Fun House to be the best representation of The Stooges, as the main goal of the album was to capture the manic energy of their live performances. On June 13 of that year, television captured footage of the band at the Cincinnati Pop Festival. While performing the songs "T.V. Eye" and "1970", Pop leapt into the crowd, where he was hoisted up on people’s hands, and proceeded to smear peanut butter all over his chest. In a
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With the band in limbo, Pop met David Bowie in September 1971, and the pair became good friends. Bowie, then at the height of his Ziggy Stardust-era fame, brought Pop and Williamson to the UK, and got them a deal with Columbia Records. The pair attempted to reconstitute The Stooges with British musicians, but finding nobody suitable, brought the Asheton brothers back into the band (this "second choice" decision rankled Ron Asheton, as did his change from guitar to bass). This line-up, billed as "Iggy & The Stooges", recorded their third album, the massively influential Raw Power (1973), which Bowie mixed. This album would go on to become one of the cornerstones of early punk rock, although the album sold rather poorly, and was regarded as a commercial failure at the time of its release.
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Now augmented by a piano player (briefly Bob Sheff and then Scott Thurston), The Stooges toured for several months, starting in February 1973. Around this time they also made a number of recordings that became known as the Detroit Rehearsal Tapes, including a number of new songs that may have been included on a fourth studio album had the band not been dropped by CBS shortly after the release of Raw Power. The Stooges disbanded in February 1974 as a result of Pop’s ever-present heroin addiction and erratic behaviour (at least off stage, as many people around the band acknowledged that while performing or rehearsing, Iggy had more focus). The band’s last-ever performance was captured on the classic live album Metallic K.O..
reunited that year, appearing on four songs on the Skull Ring album with Pop on vocals, Scott Asheton on drums, and Ron Asheton on both guitar and bass. Shortly thereafter, The Stooges officially reunited, performing a series of live shows in the United States and Europe, with Watt on bass, and Fun Houseera saxophonist Steve MacKay completing the band. Their Detroit homecoming show, postponed by the 2003 North America blackout, was released as the DVD Live in Detroit. On August 16, 2005, Elektra Records and Rhino Records issued newly remastered 2-CD editions of the first two Stooges albums, featuring the original album on disc one and outtakes (including alternate mixes, single versions, etc.) on disc two. Unlike the Raw Power reissue, these remasters stayed more faithful to the original mixes. In 2007, the band released an album of all-new material, The Weirdness, with Steve Albini recording, and mastering done at Abbey Road Studios in London, England. The album received mixed reviews from the press. The band also contributed a cover of Junior Kimbrough’s "You Better Run" to a tribute album for the late blues artist. The band spend the years between 2003-2008 touring extensively, playing shows on five different continents. Highlights included performances at several events involved with the All Tomorrow’s Parties concert series, Pop’s 60th birthday on the stage of San Francisco’s Warfield theater, the Lollapalooza festival, and tours of Asia, South America, and Central and Eastern Europe. On March 10, 2008 the band appeared at Madonna’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, performing raucous versions of two Madonna hits "Burning Up" and "Ray of Light". According to guitarist Ron Asheton, Madonna asked The Stooges to perform in her place, as a protest to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for not inducting The Stooges despite six appearances on the nomination ballot. In the early morning hours of August 4, 2008, the Stooges’ equipment truck, containing all of their gear (including a prototype of Ron Asheton’s signature model Reverend Flying V guitar and Watt’s 1965 Gibson SG Bass) was stolen outside of their Montreal, Quebec hotel.. The band continued with new equipment. Initially, the reunited band’s sets consisted solely of material from The Stooges, Funhouse, Skull Ring, and The Weirdness. By
After going through rehab, Pop began a solo career in 1976 (most influentially with the albums The Idiot and Lust for Life). In March 1977, Pop toured with a backing band consisting of David Bowie (keyboards), Ricky Gardiner (guitar), and brothers Tony Sales (bass) and Hunt Sales (drums), sons of Soupy Sales. The Asheton brothers formed a band named The New Order (not to be confused with the U.K. band New Order), which quickly fell apart. Ron Asheton later joined Destroy All Monsters, while Williamson worked with Pop as a producer and engineer during his early solo career. Dave Alexander died of pancreatitis in 1975. In 1997 a reissue of Raw Power remixed by Pop was released, with a far more aggressive mix than the original release. In 1999, re-issue label Rhino Handmade released the seven disc box set 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions, composed of the entire recording sessions surrounding the Fun House album. 3,000 copies were pressed, selling out in less than a year.
In 2000, indie rock veterans J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr) and Mike Watt (of the Minutemen and fIREHOSE) teamed up with Ron and Scott Asheton to perform Stooges covers (and some other material) live. Billed as Asheton, Asheton, Mascis and Watt (and sometimes called "The New Stooges",) the band performed sporadically before catching Pop’s attention in 2003. Pop and the Ashetons first
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2008, the band had added "Search and Destroy", "I Got a Right" and "Raw Power" to their set lists. The band’s final show with Ron Asheton occurred on September 29, 2008 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
"they looked like they played music in the style of the Stooges." The Dictators included a cover of "Search and Destroy" on their 1977 album, Manifest Destiny. In 1982, The Birthday Party released, Drunk on the Pope’s Blood, a live EP with a belting version of "Loose". On multiple occasions, the Birthday Party performed entire sets of Stooges covers. Their live version of "Fun House" can be found on their live album "Live 1981-82." In 1983, Sonic Youth recorded a cover of the song "I Wanna Be Your Dog" on Confusion Is Sex. Thurston Moore has said when he was starting to play guitar, he would play Stooges songs when he got frustrated. Henry Rollins devoted much of a 1985 Spin magazine article to Fun House (the rest was about the Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat - Rollins considered these to be the two best rock records ever made); in his 1994 book Get In The Van: On The Road With Black Flag, he would also declare of Fun House, "Everybody should own a copy of that album." Kurt Cobain consistently listed Raw Power as his #1 favorite album of all time in his "Favorite Albums" lists from his Journals. Guns N’ Roses included a cover of "Raw Power" on their 1993 covers album, "The Spaghetti Incident?". In the mid 1990s thrash band Slayer recorded a cover of the song "I Wanna Be Your Dog" with some altered lyrics and an altered title ("I’m Gonna Be Your God") for their hardcore cover album, Undisputed Attitude. Jack White (White Stripes) has said Fun House is the best rock and roll album ever made. In August 1995, all three Stooges albums were included in British music magazine Mojo’s influential "100 Greatest Albums of All Time" feature. Fun House was placed the highest, at 16. Lead singer of Gypsy Punk band Gogol Bordello, Eugene Hutz, says this about Fun House: "the usual, you know, the best rock album ever made." The Stooges’ "Search and Destroy" was featured in RedOctane’s Guitar Hero II for the Playstation 2.
Death of Ron Asheton
On January 6, 2009, Ron Asheton was found dead in his home, having reportedly suffered a heart attack several days earlier . He was 60 years old. In their official statement, the group called Asheton "irreplaceable" . Days after Asheton’s death, it was announced that the Stooges had failed to garner enough votes to receive induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . This 2009 induction nomination was the band’s seventh, each unsuccessful due to insufficient votes from the museum’s committee members. In a May 2009 interview, Pop announced plans for Watt, Scott Asheton and he to join with guitarist James Williamson and perform Raw Power (potentially along with other material) as Iggy and the Stooges.
• Iconic punk writer Legs McNeil was especially fond of Iggy and The Stooges, and championed them in many of his writings. • The Sex Pistols recorded the first high profile Stooges cover, "No Fun", in 1976, introducing The Stooges to a new generation of audiences, particularly in England, where Pop was then based. Sid Vicious also regularly performed "I Wanna Be Your Dog", "Search and Destroy" and "Shake Appeal (Tight Pants)" in his postPistols solo shows, and the first two feature on his Sid Sings album. • The first album by a British punk band The Damned, Damned Damned Damned, concludes with "I Feel Alright", a cover of The Stooges’ "1970" under its accepted alternate title. • British punk quartet, Charged GBH, covered "I Feel Alright" on their album, City Baby’s Revenge. • Jello Biafra says he bothered his whole neighborhood as a kid by blasting Stooges records on his stereo. He also says he bought the first Ramones album because • •
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• The Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded a cover of "Search and Destroy" during the sessions for Blood Sugar Sex Magik; the song appeared on the B-side of the "Give It Away" single, and later on the Iggy Pop tribute CD We Will Fall and the compilation CD, Under the Covers and the compilation CD The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience. They also played "I Wanna Be Your Dog" live. • In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked The Stooges #78 on their list of 100 of the most influential artists of the past 50 years. • Skateboarding team S.A.D. (skate and destroy) got their name for The Stooges’ single, "Search and Destroy". • Mission of Burma released a live cover version of "1970" on their thenposthumous live album, The Horrible Truth About Burma. • The Norwegian punk band Wannskrækk recorded a tribute to the song "I Wanna Be Your Dog" called "Doggen" ("The Dog" in English). • During his last tour before his death, Joe Strummer regularly performed cover versions of "1969". • Joey Ramone’s posthumous album, Don’t Worry About Me, also featured a cover of "1969". • The Sisters of Mercy recorded "1969" for the Alice EP and performed the song regularly on stage. It can also be found on the Some Girls Wander by Mistake compilation. • Nebula recorded a version of I Need Somebody on their album To the Center with Mudhoney’s Mark Arm on vocals. • Serbian punk rock band Goblini recorded a cover version of "No Fun" on their 1997 live album Turneja U Magnovenju ’96/97. • Welsh band Stereophonics recorded a cover of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" during the sessions for their Language. Violence. Sex. Other? album. The song appeared as a b-side on the "Superman" single and was played often during their 2005 world tour. • In 2007, R.E.M. performed "I Wanna Be Your Dog" with Patti Smith in their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. • Rage Against the Machine covered the song "Down on the Street" on their 2000 album, Renegades. • The Black Keys covered "No Fun" on their 2004 EP, The Moan.
• The 69 Eyes covered "TV Eye" on their Motor City Resurrection album. • You Am I released a live version of "Search and Destroy" on Beat Party! - a live bonus disc that came with initial copies of their album Hourly, Daily. • Spanish Gothic band Parálisis Permanente included a cover of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" translated into Spanish "Quiero ser tu perro" in their debut album El acto in 1983. • "Search and Destroy" appears in the Wes Anderson film, "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou". • Yo La Tengo covered "Raw Power" on their Yo La Tengo Is Murdering The Classics album. • Jimmy Sweet formerly of Hot Hot Heat cites Iggy Pop as a major influence on his brand of electro-pop.
• Iggy Pop - lead vocals (1967–1971, 1972–1974,
• Scott Asheton - drums (1967–1971,
• Steve MacKay - saxophone (1970–1971,
• James Williamson - guitar (1971, 1972–1974,
• Mike Watt - bass (2003–present)
• Ron Asheton (deceased) - guitar (1967–1971, 2003–2009), bass (1972–1974) • Dave Alexander (deceased) - bass
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Billy Cheatham - guitar (1970) Zeke Zettner (deceased) - bass (1970–1971) Jimmy Recca - bass (1971) Bob Sheff - piano (1973) Scott Thurston - piano (1973–1974)
• The Stooges (Elektra, August 1969, remastered, expanded, and reissued by Rhino/Elektra, 2005) • Fun House (Elektra, July 1970, remastered, expanded, and reissued by Rhino/Elektra, 2005)
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• Raw Power (Columbia, February 1973, remixed by Iggy Pop and reissued by Legacy/Columbia, 1997) • The Weirdness (Virgin, CD released March 6, 2007 - LP released March 20, 2007)
initially rumored to be the helmsman for the album until Pop dropped Albini’s name in this newspaper interview.  Stuck Between Stations » The Iguana at 60  Watt, Mike. "Stooges Stuff Stolen On August 4, 2008", Mike Watt’s Hoot Page. Retrieved August 5, 2008  http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/ index.php/2009/01/06/the-stoogesguitarist-ron-asheton-found-dead-at-60/  http://www2.kerrang.com/2009/01/ rip_ron_asheton_19482009.html  http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/ jan/06/stooges-guitarist-ron-asheton-dies  http://punkmusic.about.com/b/2009/01/ 15/stooges-snubbed-by-the-rock-and-rollhall-of-fame-again.htm  http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/ story/0,25197,25511689-601,00.html  "The Immortals: The First Fifty". Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/ 5939214/the_immortals_the_first_fifty.
References and footnotes
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