‘A Thousand Lights’
Easy Action Records www.easyaction.co.uk
The latest release in all things, related Iggy Pop And The Stooges, takes an early look at The Stooges during the summer of 1970. These shows were to promote the newly released second Stooges album ‘Funhouse’…
The excitement created by ‘The Stooges’ eponymous debut release must have excited those that were merely curious or those that followed the band on the underground scene of early gigs. With the inhibited behaviour of the band’s frontman onstage, the band developed a committed following. The arrival of their second release would only increase the focus of their three chord stripped down appeal. The style of the Stooges in 1970 was powerful – imagine a band that did not sound like anyone else, apart from maybe, the MC5, except The Stooges were more immediate, they had more of a direct garage band sound. “…a singer who thinks he is Mick Jagger, all swagger and pose” a proto-fanzine is said to have described Iggy back at the start of the seventies. But what we have here, is the only live recordings of the Stooge lineup that made ‘Funhouse’, I guess at the time no one gave such topics that much thought.
Thanks to Natalie ‘Stoogeling’ Schlossman, tape recorder in hand, from her fan club days, who also provided some fabulous unseen photos from the day! . But for these shows and several more that were not documented and will remain only in the minds of the people who were actually there The Stooges made waves in the underground venues of New York, Chicago and all over the mid-west.
Natalie with Easy Action Records help ( taking hours cleaning up the original cassette tapes) have delivered another superb documentary into one of the white hot times; it was the days when the hippie died, “it was intense” as Iggy himself triumphantly said ” I helped kill off the sixties.
To hear all four versions of ‘1970’, that’s right four versions of the song are included here, But I think it’s the sax on the 1st version I rate well, but there are worthwhile other great versions – this wasn’t an easy decision to reach. But the early version of ‘Funhouse’ titled here, due to the track’s introduction song by Iggy, as ‘(The Shadow Of Your Smile) – Funhouse’ that shines so bright.
I suggest you get hold of his release as outside of the albums, and another fantastic Boxset of Iggy And the stooges all on Easy Action, there is little else to shout about. ‘A Thousand Lights’ is not recommended to you as a default though; you would be very hard pressed to find something as worthy and enjoyable as this. 8.9/10