The Stooges (Album)

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The Stooges
Studio album by The Stooges


5th August 1969

Label (s) Elektra

Format (s)


Genre (s)

Hard rock , protopunk , Detroit rock

Title (number)


running time

34 min 33 s



John Cale

/ The Stooges Fun House

The Stooges is the 1969 debut album by the US protopunk band The Stooges .


The album was released in the United States on August 5, 1969 on the Elektra Records label . In the UK , The Stooges was launched a month later. In commercial terms, the album was a failure, it only reached # 106 in the US charts and failed completely in the UK. Two singles were released from the album - with the songs 1969 and I Wanna Be Your Dog , which had little more success in the charts. The album was also panned by the critics . In their rock lexicon, Barry Graves and Siegfried Schmidt-Joos wrote in 1973 about the Stooges:

"The guitarists noodled down silly wah-wah effects, the drummer added his minimal repertoire, and Iggy Pop screeched like an unhappy Mick Jagger."

The Stooges is now one of the most influential albums in rock music history . Its influence on the punk rock music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s is particularly great . The album also made it to number 185 on the list of the 500 best albums of all time compiled by the US music magazine Rolling Stone in 2003 .

Originally the band around "Iggy Stooge", as the Stooges lead singer Iggy Pop was called by the band manager Danny Fields on the album's cover, had only planned five tracks for the album, namely I Wanna Be Your Dog , No Fun, 1969 , Ann and We Will Fall . However, since Elektra refused to release an album with such a small number of songs, the band wrote three more songs the night before the album was recorded, which they played together for the first time in the studio. The record label also had something to complain about with the first mix of the album. Responsible for this was producer John Cale , who had taken The Velvet Underground , the third album of his former band The Velvet Underground, as a model. The mix that was finally to be heard on the album came from Iggy Pop and the Elektra label boss Jac Holzman .

Track list

All pieces were composed by the Stooges.

A side

  1. 1969 - 4:05
  2. I Wanna Be Your Dog - 3:09
  3. We Will Fall - 10:18

B side

  1. No Fun - 5:15
  2. Real Cool Time - 2:32
  3. Ann - 2:59
  4. Not Right - 2:51
  5. Little Doll - 3:20


On August 16, 2005, Elektra and Rhino Records released the album on CD with the following bonus disc :

  1. No Fun - 4:42 (Original John Cale Mix)
  2. 1969 - 2:44 (Original John Cale Mix)
  3. I Wanna Be Your Dog - 3:25 (Original John Cale Mix)
  4. Little Doll - 2:48 (Original John Cale Mix)
  5. 1969 - 4:47 (alternative vocals)
  6. I Wanna Be Your Dog - 3:28 (alternative vocals)
  7. Not Right - 3:11 (alternative vocals)
  8. Real Cool Time - 3:22 (alternative mix)
  9. Ann - 7:51 (full version)
  10. No Fun - 6:49 (full version)


  • Legs McNeil, Gillian McCain: Please Kill Me - the uncensored story of punk . Standard work on the history of US punk from 1967–1992, German-language edition. With numerous interviews by Iggy Pop and Stooges manager Danny Fields on the creation of the album The Stooges . Koch International GmbH / Hannibal, 2004. ISBN 978-3-85445-237-9

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Scott Asheton is dead
  2. The album The Stooges in the list of the best of Rolling Stone magazine (English; accessed on November 17, 2012)
  3. "Danny just made me« Iggy Stooge »on the first album without asking me first. [...] I wavered between anger and suicidal thoughts. ” - Iggy Pop, quoted from Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, translated into German by Esther Breger and Udo Breger, in: Please Kill Me, p. 303