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Howling like an unhinged banshee in heat, Iggy Pop leads his fellow Stooges in a hellacious celebration of forbidden thrills on 1973's Raw Power. As the album's producer, David Bowie pulled the band from the brink of self-destruction, turned them loose in the studio, and cut this album at their maniacal peak. James Williamson's guitar unleashes quivering, note-slicing riffs, Ron Ashton's bass pumps relentlessly, and Scott Ashton's drums crash and clatter with glee. As for Iggy, he croons, growls, and yelps in utter enslavement to his decadent demons. Every track here is a ticket to ecstatic lunacy — "Gimme Danger" simmers with brooding desire, "I Need Somebody" drips with bluesy menace, "Shake Appeal" chugs and grinds with carnal aggression. Best of all, there's Iggy's incendiary anthemof berserk passion, "Search and Destroy." Raw Power became the template for countless punk rock albums to come — one no one has matched yet for sheer brazen brilliance.

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Poorly mixed

Some history on this album: it was originally mixed by David Bowie in 1973, and then again by Iggy Pop himself in 1997. The 1997 mix is what you get here. The actual songs themselves are pretty great... the problem is that Iggy really butchered some of these songs by mixing them WAY too loud, so that they "clip into the red" as it is called, and become very distorted (in a bad way). This is most apparent on songs like "Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell", which sounds really abrasive and is hard to listen to. David Bowie's original mix wasn't much better (it was slightly "muddy" sounding), but at least it was the proper volume. Unfortunately, you can't buy Bowie's mix here, or almost anywhere really. To be fair, some of the songs on Iggy's mixes do actually sound better, but iTunes doesn't even give you the choice to buy Bowie's version.

Raw Power (Iggy And The Stooges)

Raw Power is probably the definitive punk rock record. When I first bought it on vinyl in the summer of '73, the salesgirl held it away from her between two fingers as if it were nuclear waste. Although I actually prefer their intense but goofy first album, Raw Power is the more consistently grating of the two. David Bowie produced it by compressing the mix so much that it's essentially a constant din. Everyone who hears this album is powerfully affected in some way. It's impossible not to resonate with the eidetic images of violence and sexuality. Check it out.


I've always loved this album, but after reading Please Kill Me I respect it even more. This really is the first punk album ever made (and probably the best, along with The Ramones and The Clash self-titled debuts). Even better on vinyl . . . check it out.


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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