EKS-74071 Fun House
Produced by Don Gallucci
Released on December 1970
no chart information
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EKS-74071 cover
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T he Stooges scraped off the mud, the caked-on blood, stood up and started down the road to ruin again. It wasn’t done with mirrors; Fun House is audio verite, a life lived on the edge of a razor, stared at and poked at and feelin’ no pain. Hose it down and you’ll find underneath a musical manifesto that The Psychedelic Furs and even The Red Hot Chili Peppers pulled pages from. Listen to Iggy loiter through “Loose” and ask yourself whose shadow Anthony Kiedis is casting. Hear the saxophone of Steven Mackay throw jazz on the firestorm guitar of Ron Asheton and tell me it doesn’t feel just like the Furs’ first time. In all ways an improvement over their debut, The Stooges shut the door on the Morrison experiment and admired the VU from the bottom of the gutter. You can write a word like “sludge” and hope somebody gets the drift, but listen to “T.V. Eye” or “1970” and you’re swimming in its stink. Iggy detached from the Hell he spawned was terrifying on Raw Power, but Iggy with one foot in it is what drives Fun House. “Down on the Street” starts with a punch to the gut, and by “Dirt” Iggy’s on the ropes baiting the Great Boxer to finish him off. The second side is more of a sideways mirror, blurring the line between punk and jazz and bad drugs, something of a complex musical statement from a band that communicated its best ideas in single syllables. With the facetiously titled “L.A. Blues,” The Doors influence is aborted, and a new beast stands bathed in its own blood, motherless and unloved and answerable to no one. Mind you, where VU played the cultivated voyeur, The Stooges are the violated denizens. It ain’t a Fun House, it’s a home. Not the best album in the Iggy saga, but maybe the scariest.

EKS-74041 back cover
EKS-74041 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. DOWN ON THE STREET    3:42
  2. LOOSE    3:33
  3. T.V. EYE    4:17
  4. DIRT    7:00
  5. 1970    5:15
  6. FUN HOUSE    7:46
  7. L.A. BLUES    4:55

    2CD reissue bonus tracks
  8. T.V. EYE (ALTERNATE TAKE)
  9. LOOSE (DEMO)
  10. LOOSE (ALTERNATE TAKE)
  11. LOST IN THE FUTURE
  12. DOWN ON THE STREET (ALTERNATE TAKE)
  13. DIRT (ALTERNATE TAKE)
  14. SLIDE (SLIDIN' THE BLUES)
  15. 1970 (ALTERNATE TAKE)
  16. FUN HOUSE (ALTERNATE TAKE)
  17. FUN HOUSE (ALTERNATE TAKE)
  18. DOWN ON THE STREET
  19. 1970

    All selections written and arranged by The Stooges

CREDITS

DAVE ALEXANDER -- bass
RON ASHETON -- guitar
SCOTT ASHETON -- drums
STEVEN MACKAY -- tenor saxophone
IGGY POP -- vocals
Brian Ross-Myring -- engineer
Ed Caraeff -- photography
Robert L. Heimall -- art direction

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US December 1970 Elektra LP EKS-74041  
FRA   Elektra LP 42055 gatefold cover
US   Elektra LPPIC 73675 picture disc
US 1982 Elektra LP EKS-74041 red label reissue
NET 1987 WEA CD 60669  
US 1988 Elektra CD 74041  
JPN   Elektra CD AMCY-2567  
US 2002 Sundazed LP LP 5150 gatefold cover, 180g vinyl
US August 16, 2005 Rhino 2CDX 73175 remaster w. bonus disc

 

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