Saturday, 2 March 2013
Top 102 Albums⁺ No 42 The Stooges
Top 102 Albums⁺ No 42
The Stooges - The Stooges
When I found copies of the first two Stooges albums in 1987 in a record shop in København I knew I'd come to the right place. The summer abroad had paid off. I had Raw Power and had heard some of the first two records but boy were they hard to come by. I still think their first three records are almost unmatched in their consistent brilliance and game changing nature.
A delinquent stone age jazz quartet, The Stooges mixed droning guitars, drawled lyrics and pulsing drums into a heady and potent mix that managed to sound like a rampage and a seduction at the same time. They were Brando and his gang on Harleys; leaving a trail of damp knickers, and a cadre of leather jacketed disciples growing like maggots in the wholesome apples that would never now make Apple Pie.
Like The Sonics and The Monks before them The Stooges said NO, this world is Not Right. WE are Not Right. No tickets to fake utopias of love & peace just their own path OUTSIDE any consensus. Loud, angry, disturbed but still having a Real Cool Time.
The only submission was sexual. Now I Wanna Be Your Dog. Outsiders have always circled this music. Although their long improvisations were kept to a minimum on the record the music still has the urgent feel of being emotionally immediate. And the sound is HUGE.