The Stooges - Fun House (Cover Artwork)

The Stooges

The Stooges: Fun HouseFun House (1970)
Warner Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: The Wezzul
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If there was a punk rock hall of fame, there are certain people who could be inducted in as "builders" of the furthering of the genre. Men such as Jello Biafra, Ian McKaye, Johnny Rotten, and Joe Strummer. Iggy Pop can be counted in this group as well, and no where else is his contribution to musi.

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If there was a punk rock hall of fame, there are certain people who could be inducted in as "builders" of the furthering of the genre. Men such as Jello Biafra, Ian McKaye, Johnny Rotten, and Joe Strummer. Iggy Pop can be counted in this group as well, and no where else is his contribution to music more greatly noticed than on the album Fun House.

This album is a total chaotic jam-out. Hard, loud guitars, and spastic drum beats fill up the whole album. Sure, the musical talents of the individual members are not perfect, but they do simple things, and do them well. Songs such as Dirt and Fun House showcase the abilities of the players in the band, as well as the absolute craziness that plagued Iggy while singing.

The real standout track on this album is L.A. Blues. This album has a real mean, noisy sound to it. It epitomizes what the Stooges were all about, that being making loud, angry, hard music. The total chaos of this track makes you feel the energy that was in the music then, the energy that so many of todays "punk" bands are lacking.

I only pointed to three tracks in my review of this album, but the rest of the tracks are not by any means lesser music. They are head and shoulders above just about anything that has come out in the past 5 years.

I can't make you like this album, but you have to respect this man's contributions to punk rock. He's a fucking hall of famer.


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scientistrock (April 27, 2008)

They are head and shoulders above anything that has ever been released EVER.

notaclevername (February 25, 2004)

i am saddened by the pathetic number of comments for this review

best album ever, more or less (destroy oh boy by the new bomb turks is about as good)

jockyfa (January 14, 2004)

I agree - good show lads. Shit, I missed the Stooges first time around, and didn't "get" then until high school - and probably still don't respect them as much as they deserve. Something funny I have noticed is what Iggy has been up to lately. Teaming with Sum 41 and being quoted as saying they are one of two or three bands he respects in music today. He didn't say he LIKED the music, but he RESPECTS them. That's cool. I'm so tired of all the pissing contests people have on this site, I hardly read anything on this site anymore because it's not about the music, it's about taking the piss out of someone for having an opinion or making a SPEELING mistake. Now, rant away - rant away...

Anonymous (December 26, 2002)

This is by far and I mean by FAR one of the greatest albums ever made of all time.Hands down!
Every single fucking song on this album is a masterpiece.
If there was ever another name for Punk than it should be the Stooges.

Anonymous (December 24, 2002)

This band has EVERYTHING to do with punk, while the Velvet Underground had NOTHING. Thanks for the balance

Anonymous (December 23, 2002)

best sound I ever heard, make you wanna
burst in tears and chocolate fart, Pop 's the raging Dyonisos by exellence, spread its sweat on your ears,
Join the trip and jump around,kick the walls, spit some ether, go wrestle with your grand'ma, take a bat,
smash you' re boss car, make it big, make it raw, make it Iggy !

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

Everybody who thinks the Hives are fucking original need to listen to all the Stooges records. They might just change their minds.

Anonymous (December 22, 2002)

Iggy Pop looks like he's been dead for 11 years. He also is on Tv playing stupid roles when he should be smoking crank. What's up with that?

Luzzew (December 21, 2002)

Hehehehehehe... he did edit it..... :)


eyeball_kid (December 21, 2002)

RRRRRRRock! Raw Power is good too if you like it that touch more low down n dirty.

BrandonSideleau (December 21, 2002)

Yeah, I saw it the other day with the guy falling off the cliff on his snowboard. It doesn;t matter to me, The Stooges kick too much ass for me to care.

waste_elite (December 21, 2002)

anyone hear TV Eye being used in that nissan commercial?

interesting to say the least


Luzzew (December 21, 2002)

Pardon me... let me append my review to a 10...

Scott, if you are listening, edit that shit...


Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

If I had never heard Iggy before, I wouldnt want to start from readin this review. You gave them a mediocre score.

Luzzew (December 20, 2002)

Oh yeah, forgot to say, I love Rollins, but I would NOT put him in the punk rock hall of fame... Keith Morris, maybe, but not ol' Hank....

And wow, i DIDN'T put Joey Ramone in there.... that is my bad.... too many beers that night or something....


Luzzew (December 20, 2002)

See, I don't review NFG and all that other shit.... and I don't know of any album that deserves a full 10, i don't believe in rating an album "perfect"... however, if I DID believe in that, this one would be it.... I've never heard anything so fucking great...

And yeah, i AM the reviewer of this album...


Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

How come this only earns an 8, where as shite like New Found Glory and NoFx get 10s? Fuck that score. You go on and on about what a great record is, then give it a fucking B. It deserves a 10!!!

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

Come on, Freedom To Opress, lets not start this fucking argument. They both deserve to be in there. I like the Ramones AND the Sex Pistols. Apparently, I'm the only one who likes both. The Stooges were still great, though.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

This is a 5 star record for sure. And I would replace johnny rotten with joey ramone in the punk hall of fame.

-freedom to oppress

Hamish (December 20, 2002)

I tried to steal this album the other day, but failed miserably. Maybe I'll comment when I finally get my dirty little hands on it.

waste_elite (December 20, 2002)

good review, this album is fucking awesome. i was thinking about reviewing it but not need now.

one complaint: this is easily a 5 star record

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

Iggy was the first one to really shock and interact with the audience while singing shocking lyrics, and for that he is really the ultimate proto-punk.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

Another essential record. First VU, and now this. Good job. If I had one band to see live in their prime--past or present--The Stooges would be them. This just might be the funnest rock record of all time. No doubt: 5 stars.

BrandonSideleau (December 20, 2002)

Great album, the best.....Yeah, Raw Power is awesome. I'd add Henry Rollins & Joey Ramone to that list of "punk founders" as well.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

Good review. Good album. "Raw Power" is good too.

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