Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Stooges

  • The Stooges [Elektra, 1969] B+
  • Fun House [Elektra, 1970] A-
  • The Weirdness [Virgin, 2007] Choice Cuts

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Consumer Guide Reviews:

The Stooges [Elektra, 1969]
Stupid-rock at its best--the side of the Velvet Underground that never developed (John Cale produced). B+

Fun House [Elektra, 1970]
Now I regret all the times I've used words like "power" and "energy" to describe rock and roll, because this is what such rhetoric should have been saved for. Shall I compare it to an atom bomb? a wrecker's ball? a hydroelectric plant? Language wasn't designed for the job. Yet despite its sonic impact I find that the primary appeal of the music isn't physical--I have to be in a certain mood of desperate abandon before it reaches my body. It always interests me intellectually, though--with its repetiveness beyond the call of incompetence and its solitary new-thing saxophone, this is genuinely "avant-garde" rock. The proof is the old avant-garde fallacy of "L.A. Blues"--trying to make art about chaos by reproducing same. A-

The Weirdness [Virgin, 2007]
"Free & Freaky" Choice Cuts