Favorite Tracks: "Down on the Street" and "Loose" and "T.V. Eye" and "Dirt" and "Fun House"
Thoughts: My Iggy Pop/Stooges knowledge is practically nonexistent beyond the fact that they're a rock band, Iggy was in Cry-Baby (was I only one that mistook Susan Tyrell for Jane Curtain?), and he's regularly topless in every photo I see of him. I think I always assumed Iggy and the Stooges were a punk rock band, and British, though from what I can tell neither of those assumptions appear to be true. I think in my rock-formative years Iggy always came off as way too hardcore or crazy for me (and I think "L.A. Blues" might be the only song on this album to confirm that suspicion), but a few years ago I came across this photo on the internet and was very intrigued. I thought, "Damn, he's a rock god. Also he must have really strong abs. And did he have to give instructions to the audience before he went out there? And who is he pointing at?" I had a lot of thoughts. It's a great picture!
Sometimes I wonder if musicians like Iggy (and the rest of The Stooges) were born in, say, the 90s, their music would just be terrible noise to me, but because this album is from 1970, I can love it because this is my preferred era of rock. Who knows, maybe they would have sounded exactly the same.
Is This Better Than Bad?: It was fun to rock out to this album, but I didn't feel like it needed to be added to my music library ASAP. I liked it, but it didn't take up residence in my musical sanctuary. That's a really weird metaphor but I'm keeping it.