The Stooges (album)

The Stooges is the eponymous debut studio album by American rock band the Stooges, released on August 5, 1969 by Elektra Records. Considered a landmark proto-punk release,[1] the album peaked at number 106 on the US Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The songs "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "1969" were released as singles from the album; "1969" was featured on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs" at number 35.

The Stooges
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 5, 1969
RecordedApril 1969
StudioThe Hit Factory, New York City
ProducerJohn Cale
The Stooges chronology
The Stooges
Fun House
Singles from The Stooges
  1. "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
    Released: July 1969
  2. "1969"
    Released: 1969

Background and recordingEdit

For their first album, the Stooges had intended to record five songs: "I Wanna Be Your Dog", "No Fun", "1969", "Ann" and "We Will Fall". The five songs were staples—and essentially the basis—of the Stooges' live set at the time. A typical Stooges song of the period would involve two minutes of composed song followed by several minutes of improvisation. Having assumed that the five songs as normally performed would cover requirements for the album, the Stooges were told by their record label Elektra that they needed more material. According to Iggy Pop, "We handed [the five-song version of the album] in and they refused it. They said, 'There aren't enough songs!' So we lied and said, 'That's OK, we've got lots more songs.'"[2] Overnight, however, the group wrote three more songs, "Real Cool Time", "Not Right" and "Little Doll", and played them for the first time in the studio.[citation needed] "Asthma Attack", which had first been mentioned by Iggy Pop in a Trouser Press autodiscography interview,[3] was also recorded during the sessions, but not discovered (or at least not used) until the 2010 Rhino Handmade box was compiled; it is not clear whether "Asthma Attack" was recorded along with the first five songs or not.

An initial mix by producer John Cale, apparently resembling ex-Velvet Underground bandmate Lou Reed's "closet mix" of that band's eponymous third album from the same year, was rejected by Elektra. The mix as heard on the final product was done by Iggy Pop and Elektra president Jac Holzman. Four of Cale's original mixes would later appear on the bonus disc of a 2005 reissued version, with pitch correction applied to them. Five years later, all eight Cale mixes were released unaltered on the first disc of a 2010 collector's edition release of the album.[4]

Reception and legacyEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [5]
Chicago Tribune    [6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [7]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[8]
MusicHound Rock3.5/5[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [11]
Spin Alternative Record Guide10/10[12]
Stylus MagazineA[13]
The Village VoiceB+[14]

According to music historian Denise Sullivan, The Stooges was "disavowed" by most critics; Sullivan nonetheless called it "a rock'n'roll classic".[15] In a contemporary review, Edmund O. Ward of Rolling Stone called it "loud, boring, tasteless, unimaginative and childish", while conceding that he "kind of liked it".[16] Robert Christgau gave it a backhanded compliment in his column for The Village Voice, deeming it "stupid-rock at its best", but did give it a "B+" grade overall.[14]

In retrospect, Will Hodgkinson called The Stooges "charged and brutal garage-rock",[17] and Pitchfork critic Joe Tangari said it was one of the essential forerunners to the punk rock movement of the 1970s.[10] It and the Stooges' next two albums were later deemed "proto-punk landmarks", according to Mojo journalist Manish Agarwal.[18] Daryl Eslea, writing for BBC Music, called the album "rock at its most primordial. ... [the] album is the original punk rock rush on record, a long-held well-kept secret by those in the know."[19] Mark Deming of AllMusic commented, "Part of the fun of The Stooges is, then as now, the band managed the difficult feat of sounding ahead of their time and entirely out of their time, all at once."[5]

In 2003, the album was placed at number 185 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time",[20] maintaining the rating in its 2012 revised list.[21] The magazine also included "1969" in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time".[22] Robert Dimery, writing in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, said that the album was "a collection of brilliant curios, which were neither full-on garage rock, nor out-and-out dirge."[23] In 2005, Q magazine placed "I Wanna Be Your Dog" at number 13 in its list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Tracks".[citation needed]


On August 16, 2005, Elektra and Rhino Records jointly re-issued the album as a specially-priced double CD, with a remastered version of the album on disc one and alternate takes on disc two. On May 7, 2010, Rhino again released the album in their "Handmade" series as a collector's package including two CDs, a 7" record and a 7"x7"-sized booklet. The first disc features the main songs, the single version of "I Wanna Be Your Dog", and all original John Cale mixes of the eight songs. The second disc, and both sides of the 7" single, contain the previously unissued "Asthma Attack", a staple of the group's early live shows.[4]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by The Stooges (Dave Alexander, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton and Iggy Stooge (Iggy Pop)).

Side A
2."I Wanna Be Your Dog"3:09
3."We Will Fall"10:18
Side B
1."No Fun"5:14
2."Real Cool Time"2:29
4."Not Right"2:51
5."Little Doll"3:20
2005 reissue bonus disc
1."No Fun (Original John Cale Mix)"4:43
2."1969 (Original John Cale Mix)"2:45
3."I Wanna Be Your Dog (Original John Cale mix)"3:26
4."Little Doll (Original John Cale Mix)"2:49
5."1969 (Alternate Vocal)"4:47
6."I Wanna Be Your Dog (Alternate Vocal)"3:28
7."Not Right (Alternate Vocal)"3:12
8."Real Cool Time (Alternate Mix)"3:22
9."Ann (Full Version)"7:52
10."No Fun (Full Version)"6:49
2010 collector's edition bonus tracks
9."I Wanna Be Your Dog (Single Version)"3:10
10."1969 (Original John Cale Mix)"2:57
11."Not Right (Original John Cale Mix)"2:37
12."We Will Fall (Original John Cale Mix)"11:10
13."No Fun (Original John Cale Mix)"4:42
14."Real Cool Time (Original John Cale Mix)"2:40
15."Ann (Original John Cale Mix)"3:15
16."Little Doll (Original John Cale Mix)"3:05
17."I Wanna Be Your Dog (Original John Cale Mix)"3:42
2010 collector's edition bonus disc
1."Asthma Attack (Album Version)"6:26
2."1969 (Alternate Vocal)"4:45
3."I Wanna Be Your Dog (Alternate Vocal)"3:28
4."We Will Fall (Alternate Vocal)"11:24
5."No Fun (Full Version)"6:49
6."Real Cool Time (Takes 1 & 2)"7:04
7."Ann (Full Version)"8:00
8."Not Right (Alternate Vocal)"3:08
9."Little Doll (Takes 1–5)"10:24


The Stooges

Additional personnel

Technical personnel

2005 reissue personnel


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