YMMV: The Stooges

  • Awesome Music
  • Broken Base: In 1997, Iggy remixed Raw Power and made it A LOT LOUDER AND A LOT HEAVIER (technically speaking, it is the loudest album ever) in response to fans complaints that David Bowie's rushed original mix was too thin. A lot of people came crawling back to the Bowie mix. On the other hand, some fans thought the mix, even as punishing as it was, was more faithful to Iggy's original vision.
  • Covered Up: Iggy's 1977 song "China Girl" from The Idiot (co-written with David Bowie) is much more well-known as a 1983 single by Bowie. The covering up was ultimately pretty beneficial to the original artist, which may have been the point: Iggy Pop was nearing bankruptcy and struggling with addiction at the time, and receiving substantial royalties for the Bowie version helped him out financially.
  • Cover Version: One of many bands to make "Louie Louie" their own.
  • Crazy Awesome: Iggy Pop.
  • Epic Riff: Several, but "I Wanna Be Your Dog" from The Stooges (Album) probably takes the cake.
  • Even Better Sequel: Fun House is a notable aversion to the Sophomore Slump, being considered much better than their debut. If Raw Power isn't a Stooges fan's favorite album, it's usually this one.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The band pretty much launched Punk Rock in Britain, along with fellow American bands The Velvet Underground and The New York Dolls.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: During his junior high school days, Iggy was voted "Most likely to succeed" by his classmates. Well, he and the Stooges did play a key role in kickstarting an entire music genre.
  • I Liked It Better When It Sucked: How some fans felt about the Raw Power remix.
  • Magnum Opus: Generally considered to be Raw Power, although Fun House has its share of people who will vouch for it too. The self-titled is generally considered to be an excellent album, but a notch below those two.
  • Moment Of Awesome: Numerous - right up to their legendary final show, which music critics have likened to a snuff film - but Iggy essentially inventing crowd-surfing stands out and provides one of the band's most iconic images (4:14).
  • Nightmare Fuel: For the love of God, DON'T listen to "We Will Fall" at night...
  • Painful Rhyme: Well it's 1969 okay/All across the USA
    • "Last year I was 21/I didn't have a lot of fun/Now I'm going to be 22/I say oh, my, and a boo-hoo."
  • Vindicated by History: Their albums flopped on release and they were generally hated by critics, but all three of the band's original albums were in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.