From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
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The Stooges are an American rock'n'roll band that was first active from around 1967 to 1974, and then reformed in 2003.
The Stooges sold rather few records in their original existence and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences. Nevertheless, The Stooges are often regarded as hugely influential both on the nascent heavy metal and punk rock. Singer Iggy Pop and his wild onstage antics were often the main focus of attention.
- Iconic punk writer Legs McNeil was especially fond of Iggy and the Stooges, and championed them in many of his writings.
- The Sex Pistols recorded the first high profile Stooges cover, "No Fun", in 1976, introducing the Stooges to a new generation of audiences, particularly in England, where Pop was then based. Sid Vicious also regularly performed "I Wanna Be Your Dog", "Search and Destroy" and "Shake Appeal (Tight Pants)" in his post-Pistols solo shows, and the first two feature on his Sid Sings album.
- Jello Biafra says he bothered his whole neighborhood as a kid by blasting Stooges records on his stereo. He also says he bought the first Ramones album because "they looked like they played music in the style of the Stooges."
- In 1983, Sonic Youth recorded a cover of the song "I Wanna Be Your Dog" on Confusion Is Sex. Thurston Moore has said when he was starting to play guitar, he would play Stooges songs when he got frustrated.
- Henry Rollins devoted much of a 1985 Spin magazine article to Fun House (the rest was about The Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat—Rollins considered these to be the two best rock records ever made); in his 1994 book Get In The Van: On The Road With Black Flag, he would also declare of Fun House, "Everybody should own a copy of that album."
- Kurt Cobain consistently listed Raw Power as his #1 favorite album of all time in his "Favorite Albums" lists from his Journals.
- In August 1995, all three Stooges albums were included in British music magazine Mojo's influential "100 Greatest Albums of All Time" feature. Fun House was placed the highest, at 16.
- Lead singer of Gypsy Punk band Gogol Bordello, Eugene Hutz, says this about Fun House: "the usual, you know, the best rock album ever made."
- In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Stooges #78 on their list of 100 of the most influential artists of the past 50 years.
- Skateboarding team S.A.D. (Skate and Destroy) got their name from the Stooges' single, "Search and Destroy".
- The Norwegian punk band Wannskrækk recorded a tribute to the song "I Wanna Be Your Dog" called "Doggen" ("The Dog" in English).
- Jimmy Sweet, formerly of Hot Hot Heat, cites Iggy Pop as a major influence on his brand of electro-pop.
- The Stooges (Elektra, August 1969, remastered, expanded, and reissued by Rhino/Elektra, 2005)
- Fun House (Elektra, July 1970, remastered, expanded, and reissued by Rhino/Elektra, 2005)
- Raw Power (Columbia, February 1973, remixed by Iggy Pop and reissued by Legacy/Columbia, 1998)
- The Weirdness (Virgin, CD released March 6, 2007 - LP released March 20, 2007)</center>