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[[caption-width-right:500:The Stooges in 1974. Left to right: front - Iggy Pop, Scott Thurston; back - Scott and Ron Asheton, James Williamson]]

-->''"I am the world's forgotten boy''
-->''The one who's searchin' only to destroy"''
-->--'''The Stooges''', "Search and Destroy"

The Stooges were a proto-punk band from [[StrawmanU Ann Arbor]], Michigan, active between 1967-1974, who along with their fellow Michiganders Music/{{MC5}} proved to be [[TropeMakers enormously influential on the development of]] Music/PunkRock.

The band's lineup was as follows:
* Iggy Pop - vocals (1967-1974)
* Ron Asheton - guitar (1967-1971), bass (1971-1974)
* James Williamson - guitar (1971-1974)
* Dave Alexander - bass (1967-1970)
* Scott Asheton - drums (1967-1974)
* Scott Thurston - keyboards (1973-1974)

The band's SignatureStyle was aggressive, incredibly simple proto-punk based around Ron Asheton and later James Williamson's heavy, hypnotic riffs, Scott Asheton's tribal rhythms and Iggy Pop's awesomeness. One of the original CrazyAwesome frontmen of rock, Pop was famous for his extreme behaviour during live concerts, which included rolling around in broken glass, smearing himself with peanut butter, performing [[WalkingShirtlessScene without a shirt]], [[TropeMakers inventing crowd-surfing]] and baiting and verbally abusing the audience.

The Stooges, much like their fellow protopunkers the Music/{{MC5}}, only released three albums during their initial career. Their first two albums were ''The Stooges'' and ''Fun House''. These didn't sell well but attracted a cult audience and were later VindicatedByHistory, recognised as classic protopunk albums. The group temporarily collapsed in 1971 after being dropped from their record label and suffering from severe heroin abuse, but were quickly rallied by Music/DavidBowie, [[NetworkToTheRescue who got them a new contract and produced their final album]] ''Raw Power''. Bowie's mix was frequently the source of controversy as he was brought in to salvage the album after a botched, amateurish mix by Iggy. The band barely lasted another year before breaking up for good. Iggy went on to a solo career and remained friends with Bowie ever since.

Iggy was personally responsible for the controversial to say the least 1997 remaster of ''Raw Power'', which is always cited as the worst possible example of the LoudnessWar. He also reunited the band in 2003, thankfully stayed away from the remasters of their other two albums and recorded a new Stooges album, ''The Weirdness''. Fan reaction has largely been... mixed, with frequent invoking of FanonDiscontinuity. The Stooges released a new album in 2013, ''Ready to Die'', which was received much better than their previous effort. Since Scott Asheton died in 2014, Iggy Pop is the only remaining founding member of the band, which now faces an uncertain future.

Discography:
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum The Stooges]]'' (1969)
* ''Fun House'' (1970)
* ''Raw Power'' (1973)
* ''The Weirdness'' (2007)
* ''Ready to Die'' (2013)
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!!! "Now I wanna be your tropes, now I wanna be your tropes!":

* AlbumFiller: The band only had five songs written when they were due to record their first album (namely: "I Wanna Be Your Dog", "No Fun", "1969", "Ann" and "We Will Fall"). Iggy bluffed and said they had "hundreds" when the record company said there weren't enough songs. According to legend, half the album was written in a hurry the night before the first session.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: For many years, fans of The Stooges wished that Iggy would remix ''Raw Power'', which suffered from a rushed, thin mix by Music/DavidBowie. In 1997, he finally did, but the result was so [[LoudnessWar painfully loud]] that the rest of the band and even many fans preferred the earlier version.
* BlahBlahBlah: The name of one of Iggy's solo albums.
* BreakupBreakout: Iggy Pop went on to a successful solo career.
* CarefulWithThatAxe
-->''LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORD!''
* CloudCuckooLand: The b-side of ''Fun House'', as described by music critics. In fact the appearance of a jazz saxophonist and Iggy Pop screaming like a madman makes it sound [[NightmareFuel quite creepy]].
* ClusterFBomb: "Head On"
* ContemptibleCover: Both ''Fun House'' and ''Raw Power'' show Iggy Pop shirtless.
* ContinuityNod / DueToTheDead: "The Departed" on ''Ready To Die'' is based on an acoustic version of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" that Ron Asheton mailed to Iggy shortly before his death.
* CoolOldGuy: Steve Albini described the private Iggy Pop as this, of course as BadassGrandpa.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Iggy wrote "Death Trip" after realising that the record company hated what ''Raw Power'' was becoming and [[ScrewedByTheNetwork weren't going to promote it]].
* DemotedToExtra: Ron Asheton was bumped to bass on ''Raw Power''.
* DoNotGoGentle: Their last gig (before the reunion) was in front of an audience full of bikers who hated the band and kept pelting them with beer bottles. Why were they there? [[DeathSeeker Because Iggy had dared them to come, and kept baiting them until they physically knocked him out.]]
* EchoingAcoustics: Bowie's mix of ''Raw Power'' is full of it.
* EpicRocking: "We Will Fall", "Dirt", "Fun House", "Open Up And Bleed".
* EveryoneHasStandards: Dave Alexander: You know you have a problem when The Stooges think you do too many drugs. In 1970.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''Raw Power'', especially in its remixed version.
* FunWithAcronyms: "TV Eye" has nothing to do with television; the phrase was coined by the Ashetons' sister, who'd refer to good looking guys as "giving her a twat vibe."
* GenreShift: "We Will Fall" is a 10-minute creepy drone-based song with screeching violas by the album's [[RecordProducer producer]] [[Music/JohnCale]].
** The b-side of ''Fun House'' shows a notable influence from free jazz, laying the foundations for the punk jazz genre.
* GlamRock: Adapted the fashion style of DavidBowie during the ''Raw Power''-era. The result was a fairly bizarre hybrid with RatedMForManly and a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} appeal.
* GratuitousPanning: ''The Stooges'' loves putting the guitar on the left.
* HotBlooded: Iggy, natch.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Penetration", with its cool bastardised [[Music/TheRollingStones Rolling Stones]] riff and Iggy's screaming vocals, ain't exactly subtle...
** Neither is "Loose".
* LargeHam: Iggy Pop, a CrazyAwesome one.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions''. A box set of ''seven [=CDs=]'' containing every single note and StudioChatter from the ''Fun House'' recording.
* LoopedLyrics
* LoudnessWar: Iggy's remaster of ''Raw Power'' is a terrible offender. One of the songs, in a sound editor, gives us the page image. Yes, it sounds as headache-inducingly loud as that screen-cap makes it out to be.
** And that's not even mentioning the ''original'' mix, later released as ''Rough Power'', where Iggy pushed every lever he could find into the red.
** Fortunately, ''Raw Power'' was remastered again in 2010, and the new master is nowhere near as severe an offender. Then both Iggy's and Bowie's mixes were remastered ''again'' for a 2012 vinyl edition that completely averts this trope and is probably the best-sounding version of the album that has been released to date.
* KillEmAll: The premise of ''Search and Destroy''.
* MrFanservice: ''Invoked'' by Iggy Pop and his iconic shirtlessness.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: "No Fun", "Real Cool Time"
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "I Wanna Be Your Dog".
* OneSteveLimit: Averted twice - with James "Iggy" Osterberg and James Williamson, and Scott Asheton and Scott Thurston.
** The short-lived 1971 line-up had three James when James Williamson and James "Jimmy" Recca joined.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Three times over.
** The original Stooges broke up in 1971, only to reunite as Iggy And The Stooges a year later with James Williamson on guitar and Ron Asheton bumped to bass for the recording of ''Raw Power''.
** The original line-up then reunited as The Stooges in 2003 (minus the late Dave Alexander, who at Ron Asheton's insistance was replaced by [[Music/TheMinutemen Mike Watt]]).
** After Ron Asheton's death in 2009, The Stooges broke up... only to reunite ''again'' as Iggy And The Stooges a few months later, with James Williamson back on guitar. After Scott Asheton's death in 2014, [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/iggy-pop-remembers-scott-asheton-he-played-with-a-boxers-authority-20140319#ixzz2wQFZYvr1 it looks like it's over]].
* RatedMForManly: The band is sometimes sorted into the nebulous genre of ''Cock Rock''.
* ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful: "Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell" is a deconstruction.
* SelfTitledAlbum
* SensoryAbuse: "LA Blues"
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Iggy Pop ''embodies'' this trope.
* ShoutOut: The band's name was a tribute to Film/TheThreeStooges.
** Received one when an Italian punk rock band named themselves Raw Power.
** Also Australian punk pioneers Radio Birdman, who named themselves after a ''[[{{Mondegreen}} misheard]]'' lyric in "1970."
* SillyLoveSongs: Iggy's "Candy," a duet with Music/TheB52s' Kate Pierson.
* SomethingBlues: "L.A. Blues"... Which musically has a lot more to do with SensoryAbuse than the blues.
* StageNames: Iggy Pop is actually named James Newell Osterberg, and still goes by "Jim" in private. The "Iggy" part came from the fact that he used to drum for a band called The Iguanas while in high school.
* {{Suburbia}}: Some of their early songs are about just how fucking boring Ann Arbor was in TheSixties. No news on how boring it is today though...
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Yes, yes, they're a mega-awesome balls-out proto-punk band with a charismatic HotBlooded frontman. They also recorded "Ann", "We Will Fall", "I Need Somebody" and "Gimme Danger".
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth
* UpToEleven: The closer of ''Fun House'', ''L.A. Blues''. The influence from free jazz is consistently raised during the album, but ''L.A. Blues'' simply resolves all structure in favor of a chaotic sound mass.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: How many times has Iggy ever been seen wearing a shirt?
* WordSalad: When the main part of a song is finished, the band sometimes starts jamming on the song structure. While [[TheLancer James Williamson]] delivers his "JimiHendrix [[XmeetsY meets]] LouReed" solos, Iggy Pop [[CarefulWithThatAxe screams like crazy]] with completely random Scat lyrics ''for minutes''.

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