I guess many folk find great music by working backwards from reading about the current bands they like. I heard Mudhoney, Spacemen 3 and Thee Hypnotics before getting to The Stooges and the MC5. It’s hard to know what to say about Fun House that hasn’t been said already. It’s staggering now to think it’s 46 years old and still so fierce. Iggy the master frontman with Dave Alexander and Ron Asheton driven by the tribal drums of Scott Asheton. It’s a hard original punk rock blues that grooves like a funk record with brilliant artwork and one of the coolest band shots of all time in the gatefold. I can’t pick a fav track, but that opening to Down On The Street is off the chain, some start to a record. It’s interesting how The Stooges have become such a key influence to so many in modern music, but didn’t get a look in at the time. They were far ahead of the game. They must have scared people shitless back then. 

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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