Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fun House or Raw Power?


One of them is quite possibly the greatest rock n' roll album ever made. The other is quite possibly the second greatest rock n' roll album ever made. But which is which? If you're going to listen to The Stooges, do you usually reach for Raw Power? Or do you prefer Fun House? Do you get your kicks off of "Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell", or does "1970" fire up your soul? Are you a James Williamson mind-blowing metallic noise guy, or do you go in for the minimalist proto-punk guitar pounding of Ron Asheton? Lord knows that the Raw Power Stooges were a destruction machine on a wholly unprecedented level. Yet there's something about The Stooges in their infancy that's almost more dangerous. They could barely play, they could barely hold it together. But man oh man, they set the world on fire. If "Search and Destroy" was a neutron bomb launched by a diabolical super villain, "Loose" was a scud missile assembled from junk parts by a rag tag bunch of degenerates. Raw Power made punk rock possible. But didn't Fun House make Raw Power possible? Perhaps Raw Power would be the slam dunk winner if it hadn't been so woefully misproduced. And surely there are some of you who'd tell me that The Stooges' first album ought to be under consideration as well. I wouldn't debate the point. But for the purposes of today's exercise, the question remains: Fun House or Raw Power? Pick your poison!

-L.R.

9 comments:

Greg said...

I love both, but "Raw Power" is my pick.

Shawn Abnoxious said...

RP with commentary on BAG to follow.

gunther said...

"We Will Fall" has to be their worst song. Agree?

Lord Rutledge said...

Agreed!

Lord Rutledge said...

Current voting as of last night:
Raw Power 4, Fun House 0. I have yet to cast my vote.

Kevin McGovern said...

It's close but I will have to go with Raw Power but it does not contain "TV Eye".....so mark one for "Fun House"!

Ken said...

Funhouse- too much to deny

Lord Rutledge said...

Fun House is on the board! It's a party!

Jerm said...

Fun House for sure! sutch a great record! more of a wild jazz feel!