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4.4 out of 5 stars
The Stooges [Deluxe Edition]
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on 23 August 2013
This is a true marquee album. If you don't like it then you can't be into the genre in the first place. This is the ultimate album in the grunge era..
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2004
after being well and truly blown away by the stooges' 1973 lp 'raw power'(which, dear reader, if you don't already own, you should buy NOW, or preferably after you've read this review. it's one of the very best punk albums ever, but that's another story...), i bought their first, self-titled album.
i was expecting more hard-charging, drugged-up, proto-punk-rock, but soon discovered otherwise. 'the stooges' has more elements of rock 'n' roll than the following two albums, 'funhouse' and 'raw power' (both of which are absolutely amazing). but i must add that this is not a fault at all. it's really refreshing to hear how this amazing and very influential group began.
1.'1969' is the classic story of teenage angst and boredom. 'another year with nothing to do', iggy drawls. here we see the first sign of ron asheton's very cool wah-wah guitar sound that dominates the cd. nice and upbeat.
2.'i wanna be your dog'. oh yeah. this is it. the one. the song everybody should be subjected to at least once, preferably at full volume. easily my fave here and definetely one of the best rock/pop songs ever. that relentless piano note is just the icing on the cake. brilliant.
3. oh dear. 'we will fall' is a real let-down. an awful 10 minute dirge with very weird chanting. very un-stooges indeed. my theory is that the stooges, being the lazy bunch they were (no offense, but iggy himself would probably agree with me there!), couldn't be bothered to write another 3 songs, so they used the avant-garde genius john cale and his viola to create this horrible song. (NOTE: i feel compelled to do a little history lesson here. skip this bracketed part if you're not interested.
john cale was a founding member of the late 60s band velvet underground along with fellow genius lou reed. the velvet underground are truly one of the best bands ever in the whole wide world, and the very first punk band. their influence on pop culture and music in general cannot be measured. i could go on forever, but if you like the stooges sound, please PLEASE go check out the vu's first 2 albums, 'the velvet underground and nico' and 'white light/white heat'. thanks for bothering to read this part!)
4.'no fun' is another rock classic. it was later covered by the sex pistols (buy their 'b*****ks' album NOW, if you haven't already got it.), but the original's the best.
5.the stupidly-named 'real cool time' IS stupid, but you can't beat it for maximum wah-wah and power. good rock song.
6.'ann' is a real grower. it's a lot slower than any other cuts that appear here, but i think it balances out the album. a great slow rock song.
7.'not right' has a great guitar line going on. coupled with the ig's raw, crude vocals and lyrics, it makes for another very cool rocker.
8.'little doll' isn't the best track here. a very average rock song, i think. nice guitar, though.
overall, this is a great rock album. anyone should be able to appreciate this, certainly any punk. after hearing this i can guarantee you'll say "gosh! i must go and buy every stooges album i can find!". they are really addictive!
i would recommend both the 2nd album 'funhouse' and the last album 'raw power' to buy next. as they progressed, the stooges' sound became a lot harsher, with 'raw power' being hailed as an early punk/hard-rock classic by every critic and his mother.
so, 4 stars for 'the stooges', but ONLY cuz 1/3 of an otherwise brilliant and classic proto-punk album is ruined by 'we will fall'.
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This is a great album, feels a little like the quiet before the storm that was Funhouse, although it's a far from quiet album.
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on 23 March 2015
Classic tracks, an inspiration for many of today's indie bands.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A great album, and inspiring as a debut! Realeased in 1969, this and Fun House are such visionary albums which many major artist of the '70's must credit as their inspiration. Personally more a fan of Fun House but this still has some brilliant tracks on it. I'm not much of a punk/rock fan but this album is too good to not like!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Stooges' debut is full of hooks, married to fuzzy, distorted guitars. "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "1969" in particular are classic guitar tracks and are worthy of any collection.

At only eight tracks long, the album may appear short, however, once you have listened to the album right through you'll wish there were seven. The ridiculous and frankly rubbish "We Will Fall", clocking in at ten minutes is nothing more than a waste of time. Ten long minutes of monotonous chanting with minimal musical or vocal accompaniment. The song is so bad I believe it ruins the flow of the whole album.

It's such a shame, as the rest of "The Stooges is an entertaining record with great hooks, that wonderful fuzzed out grungey guitar and the "I don't give a etc" attitude that made The Stooges great. Hence four stars.

Amazing that they managed to compose half of this album in a night! Certainly worth a go, but do yourself a favor and skip track 3.
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on 6 July 2015
Can do no wrong
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2014
I was just on my way out to the doctors when I remembered I hadn't reviewed this one yet. I've literally got five minutes so please excuse me my uncharacteristic brevity. I wouldn't want to appear dismissive. It's just I've been having these terrible heads of late accompanied by what I can only describe as an almost complete derangement of the senses (see Rimaud, Art., not Rambo, John). For example, I was in Presto the other day, there to buy a lemon and a pair of socks, when it appeared that the old woman behind me was leading a bullock rather than pushing a trolley. It was only later that I recalled that Presto had ceased to exist years ago! Then there was the occasion a couple of weeks back when I could have sworn that a small dog called me a 'Preening tart' in the local park. There are many more episodes but I don't want to miss my bus. I could drive but the idea of my having one of my 'visions' at the wheel frightens me. I dread to think of what sort of mayhem might ensue were I to see Rolf Harris riding a reindeer down the high street dressed in tight Pink Panther pyjamas, while in command, or not, of the Sierra.
Which said, I bought this believing it to be the comedy trio and haven't even listened to it yet. I'll probably pass it on to my son, Leif, after the singer, Garrett, a great favourite of my late wife Judy, after the singer, Garland, a great favourite of her even later father Bing, after the singer, Crosby, a great favourite of his mother, whose name I forget, who recently began a course of antibiotics for a bit of trouble he's having 'downstairs' and needs cheering up. It's more likely his kind of thing. He's very keen on The Busted or something. Must dash.
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on 28 August 2015
Essential.
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on 11 May 2015
excellent
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