You just can't keep good men down. Once, The Stooges were a dead-end band, lacking any level of respect or admiration from anyone but disenfranchised drop-outs in the early 70s who spent their time, like the Dum Dum Boys, staring at the ground and putting the whole world down.
In this bizarre world of ours, somehow, Iggy and the Stooges have become respectable. All the people who mocked them and called Iggy a loser are now extolling their virtues, saying how this band is the foundation of all punk rock and beyond. It's all true of course, but many of us knew that for the past thirty years or so.
When original lead guitarist Ron Asheton died in 2009, I was crushed. I consider the original Stooges to be one of the most revolutionary and ground-breaking bands of all time, and heck, I would call them one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. Ron was the heart and soul of the Stooges, and it was his band, not Iggy's, who's persona was really derived from Ron, not the other way around.
Iggy ditched his boyhood friends and launched the Iggy and the Stooges Mach 2 with James Williamson on lead guitar, pushing Ron, in the band he founded, to bass as a supporting member. Ron never forgave Iggy for this for years. Eventually they reconciled and toured in the 2000s as the original Stooges, and they were incredible.
The present version is with James on lead (after his stint as an executive at Sony), and I have seen them as well, and they are great. I haven't heard the new album yet, and am curious to know if how good it is.
Any Stooge fans out there? What do you think of the new album? Which version of the Stooges do you prefer? The original, or the 2nd take with James and Raw Power?
Personally, I like the original Stooges and I think Funhouse is their best album. IMHO it is the greatest Stooge album ever, and one of the greatest rock albums of all time.