My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original Album Tracks 1-7
Brief Background: Fun House was recorded in May of 1970 and was released in July of the same year.
What I think: This album picks up where The Stooges left off and then pushes everything to the next level. It is for the most part tight proto-punk at it’s best. The first three of the songs (“Down on The Street”, “Loose” and “T.V. Eye”) on the album really strike me as perfect and powerful and examples of what could have been a quick and breath taking album. Unfortunately, from here, they stretch the songs out into five and seven minute songs that really feel like they are just trying to fill an album. It’s unfortunate as well, because the seven minute “Dirt” has a really cool “Dub” feel to it and “Fun House” has a great saxophone that comes in mid-way through and decides to stick around for the remainder of the album.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It has moments of greatness, but also times of where it feels like time is being killed. I wish I liked it as much as the self-titled, but it’s still pretty good.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (164/209)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%