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The Stooges: Live In Detroit DVDLive In Detroit DVD (2004)
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"I'M FUCKING IGGY FUCKING POP!" - Iggy Pop If you know anything about the history of rock and roll, you should be well versed with the Stooges. I won't bore you with a history lesson, but suffice to say they are one of the most important bands of all time. While troves of bootleg audio have sur.
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"I'M FUCKING IGGY FUCKING POP!" - Iggy Pop

If you know anything about the history of rock and roll, you should be well versed with the Stooges. I won't bore you with a history lesson, but suffice to say they are one of the most important bands of all time. While troves of bootleg audio have surfaced since 1974, video of the band has remained scarce. Thankfully, Creem changed all that.

In August 2003, The Stooges returned to Detroit for the first time since reuniting. The sensation of this performance is almost unspeakable. They start off with a blazing Loose and do not let up for 67 minutes. Watt plunks his bass so hard, it's a wonder he didn't pull off the strings. He's obviously having the time of his life playing with some of his heroes. The Asheton brothers do what they do best, which is rock your fucking ass. And Iggy, oh that Iggy. I could write an entire doctoral dissertation on how amazing his performance is. Outside of the obvious (do you really want to see We Will Fall performed?), the band roared through their entire first two albums.

I can almost pinpoint the moment when this show transcends being a really good one into an amazing one. About midway through Real Cool Time a man bearing a strong resemblance to Mick Foley gets himself on stage. The security attempts to get the man offstage, but Iggy commands them to let him dance. This opens the floodgates, and next thing you know the stage is filled as Iggy wails for No Fun. Words cannot describe the sheer joy that came over me as I watched this number. The site of the Stooges on stage with hundreds of fans dancing, 31 years (not including the James Williamson years) after dissolving will put a chill down anyone's back. And I'll be dammed if the band didn't keep the momentum going! They brought out saxophonist Steve McKay (from the Funhouse session) and did hellacious run throughs of 1970, Funhouse, and Not Right amongst others. I've never heard a saxophone sound so bitchin'. The second, and set closing, version of I Wanna Be Your Dog proves my point beyond any shadow of a doubt.

The quality of the recording is excellent. The audio was recorded perfectly from the sound board. The video was shot by multiple cameras and has a grainy feel that only enhances the performance. The extras on the DVD are actually worth your time as well. You get a Mike Watt reading from his always entertaining journals, "Sing-a-Long with Iggy," and a complete performance from an in store appearance around the time of Iggy's solo album. This stripped down performance doesn't have Watt, and has Scott Asheton playing on suitcases instead of real drums. Definitely worth a watch, as Iggy and Ron talk candidly about how the songs came together, and share stories from the old days.

I can't recommend this release enough. If you know the slightest thing about rock and roll, this DVD belongs in your collection. In fact, it demands that you to buy it. If not, you deserve a punch in the face.

 

 
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Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

wits? yes. brawn? yes.

brilliant performers and musicians regardless of categories. Rain Dogs and Funhouse are both in my top ten. god bless them both.

p.s. Passenger is one of the greatest songs ever written.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

Tom Waits vs. Iggy Pop

Who would win in a battle of wits? Tom Waits

Who would win in a battle of brawn? Iggy Pop

sprainedsoul (October 30, 2004)

Score is for the review. Excellent. "Reunions" are something I generally shy away from, as it's so difficult to recapture the past (especially without the full original lineup). But after reading this, I'll defnitely be checking it out. Rock.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

"I'd take a REAL Stooges concert over this crap any day."

no shit, who wouldn't, too bad they broke up about 25 years before your whiney little ass was born. BSD you're a twat, everything you say is silly and transparent. nobody thinks you're tough or hardcore buddy, sorry.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

after watching this, it's pretty hilarious to watch the tom waits/iggy pop segment in coffee and cigarettes.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

the crooked rain re-issue is awesome, if you argue it, you obviously don't fucking own it.

the production hasn't been touched and there are a freaking ton of b-sides, demos, comp tracks, and unreleased tracks on it, all of which are spectacular. plus it comes with a really cool booklet. there is no reason why any pavement fan shouldn't own it.

kenjamin (October 28, 2004)

to the guy looking for a record player,
if you want a no frills analog belt-drive player, musiciansfriend.com has one for 100 bucks

kenjamin (October 28, 2004)

Unless a record is out of print, there is no need for a re-issue.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

"Re-issues blow. Take the record as it was to begin with. Each release was released with a certain production, certain track listing, and certain overall feel that I think is degraded by re-issues. I think it fucks with the integrity of an album as a piece of art. If you want bonus tracks that much, you should already own the limited editioned 7-inches or EPs or singles. If you want better production, then you are a fool. Take it as it was originally intended."

Eat your dad's dick. There are 20 unreleased songs on that thing. And they don't tamper with sound quality, you hooligan.

-Chinatown

kenjamin (October 28, 2004)

best buy actually sells technics and stanton record players although a good digital one will cost you like 300 bucks. Since my dad totally sold out and lost the will to rock, I just stole his player and his good records. Personally though I don't like 7 inches other than an outlet for new bands to put out cheap stuff. Just let me download an mp3.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

speaking of owning 7 inches and etc..

does anyone know a good place to get a decent record player and speakers for a reasonable price, without searching thrift stores and yard sales. any place on the internet besides ebay? or any big chain stores or whatnot. thanks

Jesse (October 28, 2004)

Re-issues blow. Take the record as it was to begin with. Each release was released with a certain production, certain track listing, and certain overall feel that I think is degraded by re-issues. I think it fucks with the integrity of an album as a piece of art. If you want bonus tracks that much, you should already own the limited editioned 7-inches or EPs or singles. If you want better production, then you are a fool. Take it as it was originally intended.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

"The new Pavement re-issue is better than anything that's ever been played in your stereo, you crusty suburban degenerate.

-Chinatown"

But you like Pavement, so it doesn't really matter.

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

this is the mad note
it simply doesn't get any better

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (October 28, 2004)

maybe i mis-interpreted, but:

"Yeah, I know, man! I'm still waiting for my Silver Chair review to go up! Score is for the stupidity of your comment.

-BSD"

your comment had a half-star score, therefore you give him a low score for stupidity..? just sayin'..

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

Finally some quality reviews on punknews.org. All bow down to the true pioneers of punk. The first three stooges albums are great.

That "balls deep" comment actually made me laugh.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

Yeah, I know, man! I'm still waiting for my Silver Chair review to go up! Score is for the stupidity of your comment.

-BSD

The new Pavement re-issue is better than anything that's ever been played in your stereo, you crusty suburban degenerate.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

yeah right your momma had iggys cock in her...balls deep

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

The best part about this thread is that someone compared pavement to silverchair. I don't claim to know all that much about music, but seriously.

kenjamin (October 27, 2004)

uh oh... BSD just got home from school!
I kid. I'm starting to like that guy. I still don't own any Stooges records. I'll get on that.

TheOneTrueBill (October 27, 2004)

"He's just an old man reliving his career as a young man. It's fucking lame.

I'd take a REAL Stooges concert over this crap any day.

-BSD"

Trust me, this is legitamite. Give it a chance.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

"Goddammit, no Pavement review. Oh well, Pitchfork gave it a perfect mark. I'll buy it tomorrow and give it a perfect mark too.

-Chinatown"

Yeah, I know, man! I'm still waiting for my Silver Chair review to go up! Score is for the stupidity of your comment.

-BSD

Etienne (October 27, 2004)

"did they bone?"

She says no and that's why he wouldn't remember her.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

He's just an old man reliving his career as a young man. It's fucking lame.

I'd take a REAL Stooges concert over this crap any day.

-BSD

stevejonestherealbones (October 27, 2004)

"My mom dated Iggy Pop when he was 20. She says he'd have no clue who she was if they met up again. He's so badass."

did they bone?

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

He's got gills on his face. Mutation!

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (October 27, 2004)

Nice review Bill! I might pick this up.

Etienne (October 27, 2004)

My mom dated Iggy Pop when he was 20. She says he'd have no clue who she was if they met up again. He's so badass.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

stooges rock.

people who use equals signs to get their point across = lame

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

Scores for Fun House, top review, must check it out.

-Strewtho.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

"why the hell wasnt my vandals review put up!"

you=not awesome

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

stooges = awesome

why the hell wasnt my vandals review put up!

Jesse (October 27, 2004)

That's not being pretentious.

The Stooges ruled. Someone wanted Strung Out over The Stooges. Fuck that shit.

TheOneTrueBill (October 27, 2004)

That's the first time I've ever been called pretentious. Weird

Jones, his pants come dangerously close to coming off. It's thiiiiiiiiiiis close

stevejonestherealbones (October 27, 2004)

does he show his giant cock off. his girlfriend is hot as sin

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

"If you know the slightest thing about rock and roll, this DVD belongs in your collection"

while i like iggy pop, and will at some point purchase this shit,
that is the most pretentious thing i have eve heard

- the other scott

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

I'm scared of the cover.

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

ugggh. I had free tickets for this.and detroit (and much of the east coast) suffered a blackout that night. The show was rescheduled,and I couldnt go the night it was rescheduled for. so I think im gonna buy this.

TheOneTrueBill (October 26, 2004)

Score, I got the lead review.

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

To the two below me, FUCK OFF!

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

Aargh, how disappointing. I wanted a Strung Out review. Hope this site is more complimentary than punkrocks.net

-bemuse-

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

Goddammit, no Pavement review. Oh well, Pitchfork gave it a perfect mark. I'll buy it tomorrow and give it a perfect mark too.

-Chinatown

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