The Stooges is the debut studio album by American rock band The Stooges. It was released on August 5, 1969, by Elektra Records. Two songs, “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and “1969”, were released as singles and the album peaked at number 106 on the Billboard album chart. “1969” was featured on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs at #35. It is considered a landmark proto-punk album.
According to music historian Denise Sullivan, The Stooges was “disavowed” by most critics; Sullivan nonetheless called it “a rock’n’roll classic”. On release Edmund O. Ward of Rolling Stone called it “loud, boring, tasteless, unimaginative and childish”, while Robert Christgau deeming the record “stupid-rock at its best”..
In retrospect, Will Hodgkinson called The Stooges “charged and brutal garage-rock”, and Pitchfork critic Joe Tangari said it was one of the essential forerunners to the punk rock movement of the 1970s; it and the Stooges’ next two albums were later deemed “proto-punk landmarks”, according to Mojo. Daryl Eslea, writing for BBC Music, called the album “rock at its most primordial. … [the] album is the original punk rock rush on record, a long-held well-kept secret by those in the know.” Mark Deming of AllMusic commented, “Part of the fun of The Stooges is, then as now, the band managed the difficult feat of sounding ahead of their time and entirely out of their time, all at once.”
Sounds like a great night is in store!
The album will be played on equipment supplied by the AC crew and also include discussion (not too heavy!) video footage (of the performer) and a chance to bring along and play your own related vinyl. If you dont have any vinyl but do have ideas for related music we can play requests via our new high fidelity TIDAL streamer.
Each month we’ll be giving away a fresh copy of the vinyl in our free to enter raffle too …
Our new pricing scheme allows loyal fans of the AC nights to attend any 3 events at £4 and get the 4th FREE.
Just collect a loyalty card when you arrive .
£4 advance tickets are available online at Badlands.