The Stooges “1970”!

12 Jun

StoogesFunHouseRock’n’Roll Decontrol

by David Ensminger

In the continuing days of unease due to a still withering economy and White House gusto for global war on terror, it’s not surprising that Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” was used in advertisements for the floating consumer heaven of a luxury cruise ship. It’s a welcome form of escapism from the man who practically invented punk rock, even though most people under age 35 associate the song with the manic, drug-drenched British film Trainspotting. In the end, however, the song pales in comparison to Iggy’s “1970,” his supreme form of sonic mayhem.

Foregrounded by body bags returning from Vietnam and the upheaval of Motor City during an era rife with assassinations, Countelpro, and the Weathermen/Black Panthers, “1970” is a rock’n’roll crucible. It’s ferociously agile — a destructive, probing, mad, fixating refusal of formula whose closest companions were the Velvet Underground and Albert Ayler. Found on Fun House, the loose-limbed second album by the Stooges, it deconstructs the slow burning beat of “1969” from the Stooges’ self-titled first release. Like any sophomore masterpiece, Fun House turns up the pace, decibels, and experimentation several notches. The album veers violently from John Coltrane-esque saxophone blitzkriegs to greasy, manhandled Detroit blues in an epileptic reclamation of rock’n’roll from the unbearable softness of the Mamas and Papas and the Fifth Dimension.

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