The Stooges – Dirt (1970)


The Stooges

Before the easy of listening of Christmas sets in, I would like to get something more edgy off my chest. First up, ‘Dirt’ by The Stooges. The track is off their 1970 album Fun House, and like much of the rest of the album, this is not a song that you could easily date from initial listen. Producer Don Gallucci recorded Fun House as though it were a live album. The result is raw and abrasive. Iggy spits out his words. This is garage rock; this is proto punk; but Ron Asheton’s hazy guitar solo is also sublimely in tune with its time. You can hear The Doors that so influenced James Osterberg (aka Iggy) and a completely new sound that inspired the likes of MC5, the Ramones and The Damned.

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