1967. Summer of love. Peace, pot and microdot. It was the beginning of a brand new era. Things were finally going to change. Optimism and good vibes ruled the day. Thank god there was at least one band to piss rain on the hippie parade.
Iggy & the Stooges had a vision of the future, too. Apathy, drugs, violence, lack of self-control–these were the values the Stooges championed. Take a look at the news to see whose ideals won out.
Destined to implode like any true rock group, the Stooges disbanded in 1973. Lead singer Iggy Pop had a few minor hits, but was probably more famous for his drug-addled tomfoolery than any music he made. But the Stooges’ legacy had staying power.
Bands like the Pixies, Jane’s Addiction and every Grunge band that’s ever existed owe the Stooges a royalty check. In the vacuum that is modern hard rock today, 38 years later, a savior is reborn. Or at least woken from a drunken stupor.
The Stooges reunited.
The Stooges Live In Detroit is a barnburner. With bassist extraordinaire Mike Watt filling in, and original Stooges Scott and Ron Asheton on drums and guitar, Iggy rides a wave of demonic go-go music. They tear through classics like “No Fun” and “I Want To Be Your Dog” with reckless abandon. The songs threaten to fly off the road like a speeding Mack truck on an icy highway. Iggy still has the mojo and the band drives him into an epileptic frenzy.
As a bonus, there’s a single-camera bootleg recording of the Stooges, minus a bass player, performing at a record store. Iggy is seated on a stool and the drummer is playing on boxes and buckets. Iggy talks about the songs and the band’s history. This intimate atmosphere is quickly demolished as the band gets into the songs. The stool gets kicked away, Iggy’s shirt comes off, hell breaks loose, etc.
This is a great DVD and sounds fresher then most bands around today. – 2004