My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: The Stooges was recorded in April of 1969 and released in August of the same year. The band originally only had five songs to record for the album and had to write three more quickly after those five were rejected as too short by the record company.
What I think: This is an interesting album for me to consider in different contexts. On my own, I’ve never really gotten into The Stooges. It’s all a little too atonal for me to listen to a whole album, but I appreciate hearing a song here or there on the radio. If I look at it from it’s release in 1969 I see a completely different piece. Compared to the other albums released that year it is brilliant in the apathy of the lyrics, the fuzz of the guitars and the lo-key bom-bom of the drums. It’s a counter point to the revolutionary punk of the MC5. Highlights here for me are “1969”, “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and “No Fun”. You can probably skip the ten plus minute raga of “We Will Fall” which is startlingly out of place.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I go agree that this should be here. It takes the garage rock sound of The Sonics and along with the MC5 builds a good foundation for what would become Punk Rock. I also want to note that while it moves rock forward, it also takes it back to the more straightforward sounds of 1965 and fork a new kind of rock music onto a different path that is still going today.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (140/181)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%