". . . congratulations to The Hollies and ABBA on being inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Who else is getting inducted?---The Stooges. Not Neil Diamond--The Stooges. Not The Moody Blues--The Stooges! Not Chicago--The Stooges!" (coffee almost shot out of my nose at that one) He was getting himself more and more worked up til you could practically taste the venom. "Not Blah Blah Blah--The Stooges".
He kept on going and it was so reactionary, I couldn't believe it and had to laugh. I figured that battle lines like these had faded away. Even if someone didn't or doesn't like that style of music, a rock n roll enthusiast should at least appreciate their legacy.
Anyway as wrong-headed as the jerk was, it reminded me that the Cerimony is almost upon us, and inspired me to start this Appreciation thread.
Ten years ago, I worked with this older lady in her 50's who was a "Band-Aid" for the Detroit musical scene. She was a cool chick and had a lot of stories. Even though her favorite was The Bob Seger System, she had to concede that when they were on, Iggy and the boys did their thing better than just about anyone.
The bands on the scene had a punk attitude + R & B influence of Motown. It was an energetic mix to say the least. The cool thing about The Stooges, you have a Velvet Underground influence as well, directly with the involvement of John Cale.
I love the debut album, but it's with their masterpiece Fun House, that they not only separated themselves from the likes of The MC5, but with an "extended, guttural war cry from deep within the psyche" created a work worthy to stand alongside Exile On Main Street, Who's Next, and Ziggy Stardust.
What say you folks?