We’re revisiting Iggy Pop and The Stooges' 1970 LP, Funhouse – an early punk rock entrant that set a standard for the genre with its relentless drive.
Proto-punkers The Stooges were one of the groups that made Detroit a hotbed of go-for-the-throat rock – though their signature album was recorded in Los Angeles with a Pacific Northwest veteran, ex-Kingsmen Don Gallucci, behind the boards. But Funhouse seems to exist in a land that time forgot – a primordial setting that infuses the group with volcanic power. The quartet (plus saxophonist Steve Mackay) worked up a song a day more or less live-in-studio, creating seven originals (including 1970, Loose and T.V. Eye) that threaten to fall into chaos, with only the relentless drive of Iggy Pop and his bandmates to keep them from going over the edge. Jack White once said of Funhouse that it was “by proxy the definitive rock album of America,” and we'd be hard-pressed to argue with him.
Iggy Pop & The Stooges | ‘1970 (I Feel Alright)’ [Live at the Goose Lake Festival, 1970]
Iggy Pop & The Stooges | ‘Loose’
Iggy Pop & The Stooges | ‘TV Eye’
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