Happy 40th Birthday to ‘Raw Power’

I’m about a month late on this, but The Stooges released their third studio album Raw Power on February 7, 1973, whereupon it proceeded to commercially flop, just like the first two albums by the Stooges. Luckily, it was rescued from the cut-out bin of history by its inherent awesomeness and now has achieved the canonical status it so richly deserves.

Here is “Search and Destroy,” which includes the ass-kickingest opening line in rock and roll history: “I’m a streetwalkin’ cheetah with a heart full of napalm.”

From one streetwalkin’ cheetah to another: thanks Iggy.

Also, The Stooges are on tour, though not in the US other than one date in Cali.

And here’s the scene from Life Aquatic that uses S&D:

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3 Responses to Happy 40th Birthday to ‘Raw Power’

  1. Rob J says:

    Hard to believe that “Raw Power” is 40 years old !
    When I purchased a copy back in December 1975, Ig was considered to be a burnt out joke who went too far onstage and offstage. His musical vision was at odds with the dreadful likes
    Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Queen, ELO etc. Even Roxy Music and The Who were
    producing highly polished mainstream dreck. The Stooges’ albums could not be given away…..

    Then in early 1976, a little known group called The Sex Pistols were causing mayhem with their
    live performances. They also also had superb songs like “Pretty Vacant” and “Submission”.
    When they covered “No Fun”, it was pretty obvious where they got their inspiration from.

    The rest is history. Fast forward to the 1990s and Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction are citing The Stooges as a major influence. Ten years later, Jack White and Primal Scream are saying the same thing.
    Who has had the very last laugh now ?

    Happy Birthday !

    • kamper says:

      When I first heard the Pistols, I didn’t know that No Fun was a cover or who Iggy and the Stooges were. They also introduced me to Roadrunner by Jonathan RIchman.

  2. I have little memory of that scene from Zissou…

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