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Fairly soon after the Stooges' self-titled debut received little attention outside of Detroit, the band recorded Fun House,
replacing producer John Cale with Don Gallucci, the former keyboardist
for the Kingsmen ("Louie, Louie"). Gallucci, upon seeing the Stooges
live, had said their energy was unrecordable, but he did his best
anyway, allowing live performance, with minimal overdubbing, to
dominate the recording time. The result is one of the greatest rock 'n'
roll records ever made, more frustrated and forward-looking than its
predecessor, more accessible and stylish than its follow-up.


Aside from a welcomed remastering that maintains the
integrity of the sludgy guitar kicks while emphasizing drummer Scott
Asheton and bassist Dave Alexander at their driving, careless best, the
deluxe edition provides a bonus disc of worthy material. Most of it is
outtakes, alternate cuts that give the energy of the record a broader
perspective. But all of it (save one previously unreleased demo of
album highlight "Loose") appears here for the first time since the now
out-of-print 1970 The Complete Fun House Sessions
box set. The only two tracks considered for but eventually discarded
from the album are included as well: "Lost in the Future" and "Slide
(Slidin' the Blues)." Both are slower, bluesy compositions that were
practically made for bonus discs: not right for the album, too good to
throw away.

Often put in the shadow of its harder, dirtier younger brother, Raw Power, Fun House
is the meeting place of the two records that flank it. Steven Mackay's
sax that comes in blasting midway through the record swirls back into
the psychedelic era, but Iggy's solidified persona is the definition of
the rock frontman, reborn for the modern era. Punk, metal -- hell, if
it frightens your parents, it owes a debt to Iggy Pop. Listen to his
sneer on "TV Eye." It morphs into the positively animal yell at the
beginning of "L.A. Blues" and seems to meld with feedback. Even Ron
Asheton's guitar seems to be cowering in the corner. Fun House is the energy felt in that coda, but it's also the slick groove of "Down on the Street" that kicks off the album.

Fun House is a lesson for people who believe relevant rock is
current rock. If you think U2 is actually a rock group, this album will
knock you out of your complacency, and if you've come to believe the
Sex Pistols are actually important, it will remind you what was going
on nearly a decade before they decided to swindle the public. Fun House is rock 'n' roll. Not thirty-five years ago rock 'n' roll, right now rock 'n' roll. Truly essential.

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Major Stars - 4 The Stooges The Stooges [Deluxe Edition]

The greatest rock n roll album of all time. Nobody before or since has matched it, and that
includes Ig himself. All three Stooges albums are the template for today's music scene.
No Nirvana, Sex Pistols, Joy Division, Henry Rollins, Jane's Addiction, Swans etc.

It beggars belief that there are no reviews for this remarkable album, but those lucky folks
who brought it will know what I am talking about.

Forty one years of age, and it can still make a mockery of any new band you care to

Rob J

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