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Album Review

There was a time when you really had to hunt for a copy of Metallic KO, chasing false lead after false lead until you finally came upon that backstreet record store that had imported a copy or two of the vinyl (and marked the price up accordingly). Today the thing is everywhere, and in so many perplexing permutations that, sometimes, you wish the CD revolution hadn't made everything so easy for people. Make them work again for their music — it would mean an awful lot more to them if they did. Because Metallic KO means the world — to anyone and everyone who ever sat down and unsuspectingly dropped needle onto wax and then reeled back in horror; this ain't rock & roll, it's a snuff movie. And the fact that it all sounds so tame these days just shows how much it's become a part of the language. This is not the "true" Metallic KO. Spread out over two CDs, it serves up six songs apiece from the two shows that were boiled together for the original vinyl — doubling the length of the LP, but maybe diminishing the impact some. But still, through lurching takes of "Open Up and Bleed," "Heavy Liquid," and the ever-inspiring "I Got S**t" (all of which are new to the package), past the familiar dissolution of "Head on the Curb," "Rich Bitch," and "Cock in My Pocket," and into the nightmare closure, this remains rock & roll so far out on the edge that you get dizzy just listening to it. And, by the time the last glass explodes at the end of the world's greatest "Louie, Louie," you'll be ready to take on anything.

Customer Reviews

You need to know the story behind it...

A few days earlier Iggy had a run in with a 7 foot tall biker who beat the hell out of him. So Iggy never narrowing down from a fight decided to challenge the biker and his whole gang. Iggy went on the local radio and told the biker gang to come down to The Stooges gig. The bikers responded by saying that if The Stooges played that night they would be killed. Did that bother Iggy? Of course not! And so we have this fantastic recording of pure chaos! Without a doubt the standout tracks are I Got Nothin', Louie Louie and Open Up And Bleed. But they're all great. You can get the CD for £10 off most websites so I dont recommend getting it off iTunes. This is also a really sad live recording as you can really hear Iggy's pain. he wanted the Stooges to be great. Gone are the Stooges glory days when he would crowd walk to cheering audiences instead hes now getting bottles thrown at him. He didn't care if you hated the Stooges BUT he did care that you listend to them. Just listen to Open Up And Bleed where he says, "Who here hates The Stooges?" A huge cheer replies. Iggy just responds, "We dont hate you...we dont even care". The best ever live recording from the best ever live band. Sorry make that the best ever live recording from the best ever band.

Best Live Album Ever

I didnt really want to write a review, although i will, but i wanted to point out that the itunes review says its lost its epochal watever and has aged, the reason being because this is Metallic 2XKO a watered down mish-mash of the original track list and sound. This is something like a 5 - 7th generation bootleg i think, having been released as recorded from the original vinyl CDs on numerous labels. This isnt the cacophonous, cantankerous noise-fest that rattled the cages of the soon to be UK punks. Despite this however it is one of the best live albums i've heard; Iggy's baiting of the crowd, hearing bottles smash on the stage, hearing even a Nikon camera fly past, guitarist, James Williamson's head and smash, and besides this the best part is the songs, not the best recordings and does cut off some songs such as Heavy Liquid, but is still excellant and better than alot of Stooges' live/demo/rehearsal recordings released. Buy this album! *along with Heavy Liquid

Awesome noise!

Outstanding. If you like the Ig, you will love this.


Formed: 1967 in Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s, '10s

During the psychedelic haze of the late '60s, the grimy, noisy, and relentlessly bleak rock & roll of the Stooges was conspicuously out of time. Like the Velvet Underground, the Stooges revealed the underside of sex, drugs, and rock & roll, showing all of the grime beneath the myth. The Stooges, however, weren't nearly as cerebral as the Velvets. Taking their cue from the over-amplified pounding of British blues, the primal raunch of American garage rock, and the psychedelic rock (as well...
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