The Stooges

Influential, Iggy fronted proto-punks

The Stooges’ story begins in Detroit - the Ann Arbor area to be precise. Ron Asheton was making his name as the bass player in The Prime Movers and The Chosen Few, a local covers band, while Jim Ostenberg was the drummer for The Iguanas, from which derived his nickname, Iggy. Following his muse to be a blues singer, Iggy struck out on his own, eventually hooking up with Ron, his younger brother Scott, and friend Dave Alexander, to form The Stooges. Living together in the self-styled Fun House, the band developed an uncompromising sound, a rough garage rock music quite unlike anything the Sixties had yet produced. It was born from a heady cocktail of drugs, drink, sex and the relentless unpredictability of their singer. Upon arriving in Detroit to sign the MC5 in 1968, Elektra Records scout Danny Fields took a chance on their little-brother band, The Stooges. Two albums - ‘The Stooges’ and ‘Fun House’ - failed to live up to expectations and, amid mounting heroin problems, the band - now with additional guitarist James Williamson - were dropped. A meeting with self-confessed fan and rising star David Bowie led Iggy into The Stooges’ next phase, which led the band to London, to a new level of success, and to their classic album ‘Raw Power’.

Members

Iggy Pop , Scott Asheton , Steve Mackay , James Williamson , Mike Watt

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