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Fun house
Studio album by The Stooges


July 7, 1970


May 11, 1970 - May 25, 1970

Label (s) Elektra Records

Format (s)

LP , CD , MC

Genre (s)

Hard rock , protopunk , Detroit rock

Title (number)


running time




Don Gallucci

Studio (s)

Elektra Sound Recorders, Los Angeles

The Stooges
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Fun House is the second studio album by the Detroit rock band The Stooges . It was released by Elektra Records in 1970 and is considered a major influence on punk rock .

History of origin

The album was recorded in May of 1970. Every day you recorded a track in pretty much the order in which it appeared on the album. The Stooges actually chose Loose as their opener, but the record company pushed Down on the Street because they thought it was a stronger opening track.

In June of the same year the LP was released; the images on the record jacket were photographed and edited by Ed Caraeff. The record initially had little commercial success and was only noticed in the scene. In the same month, Down on the Street was released as a single , which had slightly more success than the album.

Only with the burgeoning punk movement did the album gain more attention. It appeared cover versions of some pieces, and many of the punk group called the Stooges and Fun House as their major influence.


In 1999 the limited CD box set 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions was released . It was released by Rhino Records and contains all the recordings and takes from the album, from every single day, and additional single versions from Down On The Street and 1970 . In 2005, Elektra and Rhino released a double CD, the first disc containing the album. The second disc contains excerpts and highlights from the 1999 box set.

Music genre

The album starts with Down on the Street , a tough song that sets the mood for the album. The title was also released as a single and is one of the most famous of the Stooges.

The second title is Loose . This is also aggressive , but it contains more gentle points in between. The pace is slowed down a bit; Loose is one of the more melodic pieces on the album.

With TV Eye the album gets harder again. The track was covered by a number of bands. The piece is also known for Iggy Pop's manic scream ("Lord"), which introduces the piece.

The last track on the first LP side is Dirt . The song is a blues in tempo, lyrics and character with dirty but soulful poetry, not dissimilar to the Doors . Dirt is characterized by a lead guitar that changes between rough and clear and the emotional, sometimes only breathy and indistinct pop singing . With the title, the first page of the LP ends relatively calmly.

The second page begins with 1970 , the text passage “I feel alright!” is very well known. It's a harder and more aggressive track after Dirt and was also released as a single.

This is followed by Fun House , the longest track on the album at almost eight minutes. Steven Mackay's saxophone playing is striking here. The title is based on the mood and atmosphere of a "fun house" , an attraction at the fair.

The record ends with LA Blues . The song is the most aggressive and toughest moment on the album. It basically consists of the wild screams of pop, dissonant guitar tones and Scott Asheton's wild drumming.


source rating

A number of bands have been influenced by the album since Fun House was released in 1970. The Stooges are considered to be a significant influence on early punk rock. For many, Fun House is considered the Stooges' best album. Henry Rollins called it his absolute favorite record. It also had a lasting influence on the noise rock of the 80s, for example through Nick Cave , who called the record as well as producer Steve Albini one of his favorite albums. Iggy Pop's high-pitched, sharp shouting can also be found at Blixa Bargeld from the German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten .

The music magazine Rolling Stone leads Fun House at number 191 of the 500 best albums of all time (German Edition: Place 152). In the selection of the 500 best albums by the New Musical Express, it ranks 104th. Pitchfork Media voted the album 12th of the 100 best albums of the 1970s. In the compilation of the 200 best albums by Uncut magazine , Fun House reached number 43. The album was included in the 1001 albums You Must Hear Before You Die .

“The perfect background music for a whipping party,” said the 'Los Angeles Free Press' on the occasion of a live show by Iggy Pops Stooges. Which means pretty much everything, because also on FUNHOUSE, the second album of the “Strohpuppen”, Iggy practices pain-filled primal scream therapy, while his nasty band colleagues impetuously and monotonously deal with their unfortunate instruments. Fine spirits are probably not very fond of the early punk work, but fans of the harder pace will certainly get their money's worth with songs like '1970' or 'Loose'. With or without a whip. "

- Music Express

Track list

All songs are penned by Dave Alexander , Ron Asheton , Scott Asheton and Iggy Pop .

  1. Down On The Street - 3:43
  2. Loose - 3:34
  3. TV Eye - 4:17
  4. Dirt - 7:03
  5. 1970 - 5:15
  6. Fun House - 7:47
  7. LA Blues - 4:57

Bonus Tracks (2005)

  1. TV Eye [takes 7 & 8] - 6:01
  2. Loose [Demo] - 1:16
  3. Loose [Take 2] - 3:42
  4. Loose [Take 27] -3:42
  5. Lost In The Future [Take 1] - 5:50
  6. Down On The Street [Take 1] - 2:22
  7. Down On The Street [Take 8] - 4:10
  8. Dirt [Take 4] - 7:09
  9. Slide (Slidin 'The Blues) [Take 1] - 4:38
  10. 1970 [Take 3] - 7:29
  11. Fun House [Take 2] - 9:30 am
  12. Fun House [Take 3] - 11:29 am
  13. Down On The Street (single mix) - 2:43
  14. 1970 (single mix) - 3:21

Individual evidence

  1. Review by Mark Deming on Allmusic (accessed April 8, 2019)
  2. Review by Ulf Kubanke on (accessed April 8, 2019)
  3. Review by Joe Tangari on Pitchfork (accessed April 8, 2019)
  4. Jack Rabid, Discography: The Stooges, in: Spin 03/2007, p. 72.
  5. Rollins, Henry. My Favorite Albums . New York City: Spin Magazine , Issue # 3, 1985
  6. Bonner, Michael. Nick Cave's 30 Greatest Songs , Uncut ,, accessed December 31, 2012
  7. ^ Smith, Aaron Lake. Punk Pioneer Steve Albini on Music Festival, The Future of Radio and Why He Wants To Fail GQ , GQ , accessed on 31 . December 2012
  8. 500 Greatest Albums of All Time on Rolling Stone (accessed April 8, 2019)
  9. Rolling Stone: The 500 Best Albums of All Time, Anniversary Special, November 2004 issue
  10. The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time on New Musical Express (accessed April 8, 2019)
  11. The 100 Best Albums of the 1970s on Pitchfork (accessed April 8, 2019)
  12. Uncut: 200 Greatest Albums Of All Time on Rate Your Music (from: Uncut 02/2016) (accessed April 8, 2019)
  13. Musikexpress Review (inactive)

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