The Stooges

The Stooges were an American rock band formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967, known for their raw and primal sound that laid the foundation for punk rock. The band was led by the charismatic frontman Iggy Pop and became known for their wild and unpredictable live performances. The original lineup consisted of Iggy Pop (vocals), Ron Asheton (guitar), Scott Asheton (drums), and Dave Alexander (bass). They released three influential albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s before disbanding in 1974. The band reunited in 2003 with a new lineup and continued to perform until their final breakup in 2016.


The Stooges’ self-titled debut album, released in 1969, featured tracks like “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and “1969”. The album, produced by John Cale of The Velvet Underground, showcased the band’s raw energy and Iggy Pop’s confrontational lyrics and stage presence. Despite the album’s critical acclaim, it did not achieve commercial success at the time.

Their second album, “Fun House” (1970), further pushed the boundaries of rock music with tracks like “T.V. Eye” and “Down on the Street”. The album’s experimental and intense sound has since been praised by critics as groundbreaking. However, like their debut, “Fun House” failed to make a significant impact on the charts.

In 1973, The Stooges released their third album, “Raw Power”, produced by David Bowie. The album featured a more distorted and aggressive sound, with tracks like “Search and Destroy” and “Gimme Danger”. Although “Raw Power” was initially overlooked, it later gained recognition as a classic punk rock album that influenced countless artists.

Hits in the UK:

While The Stooges did not achieve significant chart success during their original run, their music has endured over the years and has gained a cult following. Some of their most popular tracks in the UK include “I Wanna Be Your Dog”, “1969”, “T.V. Eye”, “Search and Destroy”, and “Gimme Danger”.


1. The Stooges (1969)
2. Fun House (1970)
3. Raw Power (1973)

Awards and Achievements:

Although The Stooges did not receive mainstream awards during their original tenure, they have been recognized posthumously for their significant influence on the development of punk rock and alternative music. In 2010, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Despite their initial lack of commercial success, The Stooges are now regarded as pioneers of punk rock, and their music continues to inspire generations of musicians. Iggy Pop, in particular, has cemented his status as a rock icon with a successful solo career. The legacy of The Stooges lives on through their influential recordings and groundbreaking live performances.

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