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  • Audio CD (26 Mar. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000MTDRJU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By XBBX on 3 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
The weirdest thing about The Weirdness is Ron Asheton's guitar style. There's nothing to be found here reminiscent of the first two Stooges albums. If you're expecting No Fun and 1969 type riffing, forget it. Ironically, with The Weirdness Ron has concocted a bunch of riffs that give a more than knowing nod to the material on the one Stooges album he didn't play guitar on, Raw Power. He's very much doing a stripped down and lighter version of James Williamson's style, but that's certainly not a bad thing. Infact it makes for a more original and contemporary sounding album than one made using a bagfull of 3-chord Real Cool Time retreads.

The surprising let down on this album is Iggy. His voice is fine, it certainly doesn't seem to have decayed in the same fashion as many other Rock singers the same age. The problem is the lyrics. A lot of them are embarrassingly bad, sounding like the immature and angsty scrawlings of a 14 year old.

I get the impression that when the band agreed to record this album, Ron and Scott seriously got down to the business of working out the music - whilst Iggy lounged around in his garden in Miami, stroking his lizard and topping up his tan. Then when the time for recording came, he turned up with nothing, and bluffed his way through with a load of off-the-cuff lyrics that had about as much thought put into them as a kid puts into doing overdue homework at 8.45am in the school library.

But....once you accept (or get used to) the embarrasing triteness of many of the lyrics, this isn't a bad album. It's not a classic in any respect, it sounds too half finished for that (Iggy's half!).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By woidy on 30 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Following the general consensus on this review page I think The Weirdness is a good album. It is EVERYTHING you could possibly want from the Stooges so I am baffled at the reviews it's been getting.

By the way, if there are any full-on Iggy fans out there I bought a surprisingly good DVD slideshow of Mick Rock's photography recently, and it is fantabulous. Rock obviously had a real thing going with Iggy (and David Bowie) because he took so many amazing photos of him on and off stage. The DVD is called 'Punk Drunk Love' and I bought it on panoramica.com (they do appear to have it on amazon but it isn't in stock, or something)
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The pressure on Iggy and the Ashton's to get this right was enormous...and they are almost there.

The album is in the spirit of their earlier material and some of the songs are pure dynamite (for example 'Trollin' and 'My idea of Fun') but there are a number of tracks that are a little disappointing.

Good, but could have been great.

3.5/5
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Miller on 24 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Often times, when bands have a reunion, it's a dreary rehash of their old songs and almost 100% of the time, a live album. As a result, they always disappoint. Not this time. This is a good renunion album because there's new studio material contained within.

The presentation is simple, yet excellent... black on silver, utilizing their original logo and even the typeface employed on the first two Elektra records. And much to Iggy Pop's credit, it does not emphasize his presence here. This is not a solo effort, nor is it "Iggy and The Stooges" ...this is the genuine article. This is The Stooges. Writing credits are given to the three original members. Anything else would have merely been a vehicle for another Iggy Pop solo album.

Original bassist, Dave Alexander, passed away a long time ago, but here we have Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton and Scott Asheton, not to mention the truly pleasant surprise of Steve MacKay playing sax on four of the twelve tracks. Also, Mike Watt makes for an excellent bass guitar replacement. In other words, this is pretty much the same musicians who brought you Fun House nearly four decades ago.

From the instant the first track begins, "Trollin'" you know you are listening to The Stooges. And you never forget until the album is over. Slashing, savage and recognizable as The Stooges throughout. Highlights include the Andy MacKay tracks as they harken back to that unique "jazz" sound that only The Stooges could achieve with the very best song being the coda, "I'm Fried" ...reminding one of "L.A. Blues" (unfortunately, it ends all too quickly). There were four other tracks that do not appear here. One is on the Japanese import version, while all four are featured as Side 3 of a now out-of-print vinyl version.
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By fb61 on 10 Feb. 2013
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I suppose it was too much to expect this album to match up to any of the earlier Stooges albums and it doesn't seem to relate to those albums very much. The Stooges tracks on Iggy's SKULL RING album were excellent and I had hoped for more like them, but it seems as though they were their good tunes and this album is the rest.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2007
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After reading some of the press reviews and comments on here I approached this album with some trepidation. I think a few people need to refresh their memories about what 'The Stooges' are about. They are a garage quasi-punk band who have made full on good time thrash out music. It's never been about musicianship or delivering a musical tour de force.

It IS about Idiot Savante, primeval rock and roll which is exactly what 'The Weirdness' delivers. It's funny, observant and doesn't waste time. There is no fat on this baby which is exactly the way a 'Stooges' album should be.

Tracks such as 'ATM' and 'Free & Freaky' are very amusing using off the cuff lyrics which are deliberately trite but also well observed. 'Greedy Awful People' and 'The End of Christianity' are just succesful hits on some big targets which are achieved without compromising the music.

I really like this album. It's a 'Stooges' album, it's funny and sassy and well worth buying. What did the critics expect from them? Baffling.
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