Forty years after the band first formed in Ann Arbor, Mich., The Stooges and their inexhaustibly explosive frontman Iggy Pop have returned with a new album. The Weirdness is the group's first full album of new material since 1973's Raw Power.
The new recording features The Stooges' original guitarist Ron Asheton, his brother, drummer Scott Asheton and saxophonist Steve Mackay, with Mike Watt from the punk band the Minutemen on bass. The Stooges' original bassist Dave Alexander died in 1975.
The Stooges wrote more than 30 songs for the new record at a cottage in Fla., then rehearsed in Ann Arbor, Mich. before they entered the Chicago studio of esteemed producer Steve Albini (sic) in early October of 2006. The album was mastered in the UK at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.
Iggy Pop decided to reform The Stooges in 2003 while he was working on his latest solo album Skull Ring. He invited the Asheton-brothers to contribute to four songs on the disc and the reunion seeds were planted. Then, in April of that year, the full band (with Watt on bass) played its first show together in 30 years at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Coachella, California.
Though they only released three records between 1969 and 1973 before breaking up, the Stooges were and remain one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Now considered ahead of their time, The Stooges laid the foundation for punk rock.
The double vinyl edition has four extra tracks not available on other formats - including a cover of the Lennon/McCartney-song I Wanna Be Your Man.
1. O Solo Mio
3. I Wanna Be Your Man
4. Sounds of Leather
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