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In'69 the Stooges with 4 complete songs,some "Think quick!" ideas & help of producer John Cale came out with a classic 'PsychGaragepunk' debut..,their follow up the was much more thought out. While Iggy "got press" & drew the curious to their gigs, here he's an equal part of a group playing to their absolute limits,but with belief in what they can achieve & like the early era Ramones had something that few groups,even with superior musical & technical ability could come close to replicating. The Stooges despite all the R'n'R behaviour & Iggys onstage antics were (without distractions) a solid unit that wanted to make a great record to stand next to label mates MC5 & the Doors or their influences Hendrix,the Stones,James Brown,Sun Ra or Howling Wolf. -Live,The Stooges had dropped tracks from their debut & were looking for something new,adding Steve Mackay on sax ,with Ron Ashetons advance in heavy riff structuring & depth + Scott Asheton & Dave Alexander becoming a solid rhythm duo meant they could take their next steps.. With understanding & ability from producer Don Gallucci that their on stage power sound & power could be transferred to the studio was vital (most of it being mixed 'live'). This also was/is a well sequenced lp(for those thinking of getting a vinyl pressing) .The disc kicking off with the mid pace groove of 'down on the street', followed by 2 thumping slices of wilder hard rock before the slower raw emotion street ballad 'dirt' brought you down ,before "flipping it over" for '1970' which may have been better placed as the final track, but the group wanted to release what was their live set from the time in its complete running order, with 'L.A. blues' their final 'song'/er...racket,freeform/audio assault/feedback finish. This CD edition certainly sounds as good if not better than my old vinyl ,(thankfully there's no 'Raw Power' 90s style remix here). The bass sound is really solid, especially on the title track. This was rather overlooked in the 80s as 'side 1'+ '1970 along with the 'best of' their debut LP were released as the 'No Fun' LP In 1980,which proved very popular largely due to the Pistols/Sid Vicious, the Damned, Birthday Party & others covering many tracks & 'I wanna be your dog' being a regular 'punk rock encore'. Both Stooges lps & 'Raw Power' were rereleased in '77 & after. And were available in the '80s on CD(but these were expensive) & barely promoted until after Iggy's 'comeback' at the end of '86 & his '88/89 tour that was made up almost entirely of (Iggy & the)/Stooges numbers & a few from his new LP . The selection of extras on disc2 range from 'test tracks', interesting practice runthroughs to full blown 'final mix' contenders & is certainly a worthwhile addition . A real highlight being an edited '1970' + 'Down on the street' 7" release with 'street' having overdubbed keyboards that give the track a Doors vibe & could possibly, with promotion & a more 'accessible' band have been a hit. There has obviously been thought put into this package- the discs have the old Elektra 'butterfly label' image (though released on Rhino/Warners) + an excellent 20 pg cover/booklet that replicates the original gatefold outer sleeve with details on recording & some great photos that have an atmospheric old 'Kodak slide' look to them. Is the sticker on the front from Jack White stating "The definitive rock album of America" required? Maybe not , but at time of this reissue(2005) it may have convinced a few to discover this disc & I doubt they were disappointed, & if you haven't got this reissued classic in your collection or(like myself) have an old vinyl copy or an 80s CD issue then maybe it's time to 'upgrade' ,& at the prices available I don't think you will be disappointed either...I certainly wasn't ..
This is so great. You get on the second Lp the demos and out takes. And 13 pounds ypu cant beat the price. Arguably the best Stooges album and this makes it even better. Unfortunately I couldn't find it in America so had to order from U.K. Amazon. Thank god U.K.Amazon exists. I order all my boots blue rays and vinyls from U.K.Amazon because lets face it America has the MacDonalds taste buds and consume mostly garbage. Love you England.
There's a bizarre trajectory for the Stooges' career - quite apart from their multiple break-ups and reformations leading up to their current active status, in their heyday - 1969-1970 - no-one bought their records and the press hated them. Which makes their legendary status today all the more bemusing, named as big influences on a great deal of modern music. It makes you wonder how records everyone despised could have such an impact.
That is, until you listen to it. Funhouse, The Stooges' second album and last under that name until 2007, is an amazing record and probably one of the finest ever made. The combined result of three drug addicts (and one sober guitarist) and virtually no musical talent, Funhouse is a swirling, psychedelic masterpiece that was at least a decade ahead of its time. Its sound, a distorted, hard-driving, hollering noise, predicted not only punk, but post-punk/nu-wave as well.
Even from opening track 'Down On The Street,' or the howling 'TV Eye' you can hear how influential the album was, and not just on punk; the song's bluesy yet somehow cinematic riff later covered by Rage Against The Machine, but you can hear its echoes right up to bands like The Strokes today. What's more, the seven, limping minutes of 'Dirt' were clearly an influence on Joy Division, its chiming, if less than competent, guitar parts sounding like they'd fit in on Unknown Pleasures.
Influential, loud and utterly brilliant, Funhouse is an essential album for any fan of punk, post-punk or music in general.
If one had to define the genre of rock through one single album - an album that encompasses the shock value it served for parents as it was just rising in the 50's, the drug-addled decay, the testosterone filled headlining news about greaser assaults, the death of psychedelia and the rise to popularity of heavier drugs such as smack, speed, uppers and downers, and the unpredictable and confrontational "in-your-face" atmosphere that has been generally associated with rock...this would be the album. The soundtrack for a disillusioned post-Vietnam war generation, the sonic repercussion of the death of Kennedy and of the American Dream...all of this is conveyed by the disgruntled Scott Asheton, Ron Asheton (R.I.P.), Dave Alexander (R.I.P.) and the true king of rock 'n' roll, his majesty Iggy Pop. A pioneering record and precursor for punk, sludge, alternative, grunge, "Funhouse" easily stands against anything that even tries to recreate the menace that this album emanates...But this album achieved to do it in 1970, so that layer of danger in music has already been set!
I was never big fan of Iggy. I do respect him though. But for some reason with Stooges he Pop's (pun intended) very well. His presence, and voice, and general feel is so right. I can listen to this record over and over again, and I always get goosebumps.
This album was released the very month I was born. (But it took me 18 years or so to discover it.) It's wonderful wonderful wonderful as you already know. My review is mainly for those who have had this album for years and are wondering whether it's worth buying for the alternate takes and mixes: it is.
this remastered edition of funhouse sounds like the album was supposed to sound,loud, clear and the bass turned right up.a classic album!iggy shouts,screams,yelps,grunts,moans and groans,and sings brilliantly through 7 of the greatest tracks ever to grace a rock album,with solid musical support from his bandmates,ron ashetons solos on funhouse are his best ever.i don't think they ever sounded as good as they do on funhouse!the 2nd disc is worth having,it contains different and interesting versions of tracks off the original album,plus a couple of oddities thrown in,all good quality recordings.if you're not a stooges fan you will be after hearing funhouse.