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NOD TO THE GODS: The Stooges, ‘Down on the Street’
July 7, 2013
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Each and every Sunday night, we celebrate the noisemakers and groundbreakers that have come before us. Tonight we pay tribute to Iggy Pop and The Stooges with the opening track from their sophomore album, 'Fun House'.

It may not have moved too many units when it dropped in 1970, but many consider 'Fun House' the best representation of The Stooges sound: the album captures the manic energy of their live performances.

And that took some work: when producer Don Galluci first got the band in the studio, they were taken aback by the sound-proof padding and sound isolators everywhere.

So to capture the raw feel of their live show, the band and Galluci stripped everything off the walls, and removed all the other studio gear. Then they set up just like their stage show and let loose, with Iggy singing into a hand-held mic.

It wasn't the typical recording process, and it produced a record that sounded very different from most of what was coming out at the time.

Although it wasn't popular at first, the record - and its follow-up, 1973's 'Raw Power' - developed a huge cult following, and was influential in the development of punk rock.

In 2003, the Stooges reunited to perform a series of shows across the globe, and those performances eventually led to the release of 'The Weirdness' in 2007.

Their second go-round as a band included stops at All Tomorrow's Parties and the Lollapalooza festival, as well as a show-stopping performance of two Madonna covers at her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Madonna asked the band to play the covers, supposedly as a protest against the fact that The Stooges still hadn't been inducted, despite six nominations:

Guitarist Ron Asheton (who passed away in 2009) said Madonna had reached out to the band only two weeks before the ceremony.

The Stooges' influence on the mass scope of musicians today is immense.

A few musicians have cited 'Fun House' as an influence, including Kurt Cobain, Joey Ramone, Jack White, Henry Rollins, Mark E. Smith and Johnny Depp.

The Stooges are still going strong, touring behind 'Ready to Die', which was released earlier this year.

They'll be playing in Toronto at Fork York on August 25 with The Replacements, Dinosaur Jr., The Weakerthans and many others.

Get a taste of their raw power below, from a session a few months back.

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