Thursday, December 17, 2009

Congrats Iggy and the Stooges

Finally recognized by their 'peers'

Well after 2 or 3 years of being denied one of the best rock bands ever in the USA are inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, The Stooges.

These people, as Iggy once said on the Dinah Shore program, ended the hippy-dippy-trippy 1960s with their super-real and relentless yet beautiful while raw first ablum in 1969. The Stooges, which was basically Iggy Pop (Iggy Stooge at the time) and the Ashton brothers, Ron on guitar and Rock on drums were the self-acknowledged influentional group on the Ramones, the Ramones of course being the founders (or rediscoverers actually) of simple, fun and fast music, which was all but lost. The Stooges were so artful, they deconstructed the rock artform and reconstructed it into something immediate and visceral. Alot of people I guess don't like the Stooges, because, well probably their name, and well they are kinda 'punk', e.g. badass and don't suffer fools lightly, and shall we say delightfully over-the-top soulful and cool.

They were the kind of group friends told you about (Workers included, thank you Woody in New Orleans) because they certainly weren't played on the radio, except college radio, and even then, late at night.

Ron Ashton died just last year so true to the stereotype you have to be a dead artist before you can become an appreciated artist. The Stooges were iconclasts and a blast and as fresh as the morning sunrise.