The Stooges Celebrate 50 Years of 'The Stooges'

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50 years ago, The Stooges' 1969 self-titled debut album kicked down the door for future generations of punk rockers. The Seventies were ending, but the Stooges were just get started. 

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential debuts in rock history, the new The Stooges: 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition is a digital exclusive featuring the classic proto-punk original album as well as studio outtakes and unreleased alternates.

Also included in the digital bundle, available via all digital download and streaming services, is John Cale's rejected mix of the full album, which is being released at the correct speed for the first time. Making their digital debut as part of the release is, "Not Right," "We Will Fall," "Real Cool Time," and "Ann."

Iggy Pop, Ron and Scott Asheton, and Dave Alexander first defied all traditional notions of musicality in 1969. Furiously recalibrating the modern rock ’n’ roll machine, their 8-track debut album was armed with hard-hitting tracks, including one of the most heart-pounding album openers of all time, "1969," and the bone-crunching, guitar riff-laden "I Wanna Be Your Dog."

An album before its time, The Stooges' debut was initially overlooked and received lackluster critical and commercial response. Critics reviewed the album with a hesitant curiosity, as Edward Ward of Rolling Stone commented the album as "loud, boring, tasteless, unimaginative and childish," that same year. 

When the Stooges debuted live, they confirmed that they were young, loud, and reckless - the saving grace for a bored generation. During their live debut at an Ann Arbor house party, the four Detroit misfits raged like legends, with "Iggy in a thrift shop nightdress and a robotic wig created by pasting foil strips on a bathing cap, [sitting] on the floor playing Hawaiian guitar, each string tuned to the same note, before he made experimental noises with a theremin, a vacuum cleaner and "the Osterizer," a whirring blender half-full of water into which he inserted a microphone."

Yet there were remained other music intellectuals that understood the Stooges pioneering vision of punk from the fiery start, including David Bowie, who decided to sub in "I Wanna Be Your Dog" during his tours, resulting in a spectacular moment of the highest levels of respect between rock and roll legends. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also came to acknowledge the band’s undeniable legacy when it inducted them in 2010.

From beginning to end, the groundbreaking album exploded on the scene of the extreme and vivid kinetic energy associated with The Stooges' infamous punk performances, from menacing riffs, snarling guitar solos and psychedelic anthems of uncurled angst, alienation, and disaffection. The Stooges would go on to achieve legendary status in paving the path for future generations of punk rockers. 


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