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  • Creator Backlash: Both James Williamson and Ron Asheton hate Iggy's butchering of Raw Power.
  • Executive Meddling: At least two times.
    • The filler tracks on the debut, after a request for a full album.
    • The record company demanded at least two Lighter and Softer ballads on Raw Power. Deconstructed by the band, because what the hell do you expect from a Stooges ballad? The "ballads" are "Gimme Danger" and "I Need Somebody".
    • Averted on Fun House, producer Don Gallucci even tried to capture the band at their most anarchic, an approach that predated and profoundly influenced the recording style of none other than Steve Albini. (Interestingly, despite the band sounding like it was about to fall apart at any moment, a listen to the rehearsals for the album will reveal that their performances were remarkably consistent between takes, and were deliberately trying to sound as chaotic as possible).
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  • He Also Did: After retiring from music in the 70s, James Williamson went on to study electrical engineering and ended up working in Silicon Valley, advancing to Vice President of Technical Standards at Sony and playing a part in the development of Bluetooth. Apparently, the fact that he'd been a member of one of the most infamously debauched rock bands just "never came up."
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The version of Raw Power that is generally considered to sound the best, a 2012 remaster of Iggy's 1997 remix that does not have the Loudness War tendencies of the 1997 version, is only available on a vinyl edition. This trope will apply for many people.
  • Promoted Fanboy: The Stooges had one: Steve Albini recorded their reunion album.
    • They also had another: Ron insisted that Mike Watt play bass for them during their second reunion.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Keyboardist Scott Thurston, who joined the band after the recording of Raw Power, would much later pop up as steady member of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers.
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  • Trope Namers: Partly for Punk Rock; One of the first recorded uses of the term came in Lenny Kaye's review of their 1969 debut, The Stooges, calling the Stooges "music for punks cruising for burgers."


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