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Ian Jane
01-25-2013, 06:32 PM
OK, I thought that The Weirdness sucked and sucked hard but a new Stooges album is still reason enough for me to get at least a little bit excited over this.

From Diffuser (http://diffuser.fm/stooges-new-album-ready-to-die/):

"Is Iggy Pop finally ‘Ready to Die?’ That’s the name of the new album from proto-punk legends the Stooges, who are following up their dismally received 2007 studio effort ‘The Weirdness.’ Joining Pop in the Stooges for the first time since 1973′s ‘Raw Power’ album is guitarist/producer James Williamson, who reconnected with the band after guitarist Ron Asheton died in 2009. Bassist Mike Watt and drummer Scott Asheton (Ron’s brother) round out the lineup.

“It’s raw. They’re great songs, but not necessarily big choruses. They’re the anti-christ of anthems,” longtime Stooges collaborator Ed Cherney, who mixed ‘Ready to Die,’ tells HitFix. “[Pop's lyrics are] very timely. He knows what he wants to say. He’s watching the world around him.”

A release date for the album has yet to be announced, but the band has finished recording, and the titles of two songs have been revealed: ‘I Got a Job But It Don’t Pay S—’ and ‘Gun.’ Let’s hope ‘Ready to Die’ gets a better reception than ’The Weirdness,’ which, despite being the Stooges’ first studio album in more than three decades, was flogged with near-universal bad reviews."

01-25-2013, 06:54 PM
I hope they took a stab at some of those old late Williamson era tracks that never got properly recorded. That way there would be a least a couple of good tracks on the album.

01-25-2013, 09:32 PM
I'd like to get the drummer's perspective on this album.

Mark Tolch
01-25-2013, 10:39 PM
I hope they took a stab at some of those old late Williamson era tracks that never got properly recorded. That way there would be a least a couple of good tracks on the album.

Yeah, I hope so too.

Really, The Weirdness was soooo bad, I'm gonna hold off excitement until I get the chance to hear this. Williamson is great, but, well...so was Ron.

Ian Jane
01-26-2013, 12:30 AM
And so as Iggy. Still is. I really like his crooner style serge gainsbourg solo stuff. But that isn't the Stooges. If you use that name, I think it changes thing...

Ian Jane
02-25-2013, 11:14 AM

Ian Jane
02-25-2013, 11:15 AM
Release date is April 30th, 2013. It's coming out through Fat Possum. Pre-order here (http://fatpossum.com/products/ready-to-die).


02-25-2013, 12:22 PM
Hrm... my already low anticipation factor has just been knocked down a notch or two.

Ian Jane
02-25-2013, 03:50 PM
Fat Possum's newsletter just popped into my inbox and here's what it says:

"a real fucking group... they also make fucking records. They don't just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money"--Iggy Pop

Better 40 years later than never: The follow-up to the first record ever to bear the Iggy and the Stooges logo--the immortal proto-punk masterpiece Raw Power--will finally be out April 30, when Fat Possum Records releases the all-new Iggy and the Stooges studio album, Ready To Die.

Ready To Die finds Iggy Pop, guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott "Rock Action" Asheton reunited for a full album of all-new material for the first time since the legendary Raw Power sessions, with Mike Watt filling in for the late Ron Asheton on bass. The results are the closest thing to a time capsule to 1973--or at least to Iggy's subsequent efforts with Williamson, including 1977's Kill City and 1979's New Values--that rock 'n' roll is likely to proffer in this millennium. The new album's opening one-two of "Burn" and "Sex & Money" pair sublimely blunt and self-explanatory subject matter with back alley razor-blade guitars and a troglodytic rhythmic stomp as intensely single-minded as Iggy's lyrical statements of intent. Elsewhere on the album, anthems abound in the form of the most dead-on rallying cry for the lower-working-class dispossessed to date--the succinctly and aptly titled "Job"--as well as a title track that mixes a signature Iggy Pop mission statement of angry desperation with guitar pyrotechnics that recall those halcyon opening salvos of "Search & Destroy."Just as Iggy exhumed the original Stooges name when he reunited in 2003 with the Asheton brothers, the revival of the Iggy and the Stooges moniker that first appeared on the cover of Raw Power heralded the return of guitarist James Williamson to the fold in 2009, or as Iggy put it then "although 'the Stooges' died with Ron Asheton, there is still 'Iggy and the Stooges'." As far as the decision to record and release a new Iggy and the Stooges album for the first time since 1973, Iggy recently commented:

"My motivation in making any record with the group at this point is no longer personal. It's just a pig-headed fucking thing I have that a real fucking group when they're an older group they also make fucking records. They don't just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money..."

And some tour dates:

03/23/13........West Coast, Australia............. Blues’n’Roots Festival
03/25/13........Adelaide, Australia.......................Thebarton Theatre
03/27/13........ Melbourne, Australia...............................Festival Hall
03/30/13........ Byron Bay, Australia................... Byron Bay Bluesfest
04/02/13........ Sydney, Australia..............................Hordern Pavilion
06/08/13........ Long Beach, CA..............................Ink-N-Iron Festival
06/24/13........ Zagreb, Croatia..................................INmusic Festival
06/26/13........Goteborg, Sweden............. Stora Scenen pa Liseberg
06/28/13........ Borlänge, Sweden................ Peace And Love Festival
06/30/13........ Marmande, France.......................... Garorock Festival
07/04/13........ Rome, Italy............................................. ..Rock in Roma
07/09/13........Argelès-Sur-Mer, France.......................Parc de Valmy
07/11/13......... Milan, Italy............................................. ...... City Sound

And an interview with Iggy.


My hopes are also becoming increasingly dashed.

02-25-2013, 04:48 PM
The snippets that are played in the above video and in this one, make me think this is going to be another Iggy album to listen to once before throwing it away.


The guitar sound really thin compared to what Williamson is known for, and the music sounds generic as can be. At least Watt gets a steady paycheck out of this.

Ian Jane
03-05-2013, 06:18 PM
You can stream a full track, Burn, at East Village Radio (http://www.eastvillageradio.com/content/content.php?id=5743) if you want.

03-05-2013, 06:25 PM
Iggy would be better off not letting people hear this stuff before the album drops.

Ian Jane
03-05-2013, 06:26 PM
Meh. It's not horrible. It's also not amazing.

03-05-2013, 06:35 PM
Agreed. But if this is one of the stronger tracks on the album then yikes.

03-07-2013, 09:08 AM
Meh. It's not horrible. It's also not amazing.

Sadly, this is often WORSE than a crash-and-burn failure as it hints at mediocrity......and, sadly, can be applied to far too many artists these days...

Mark Tolch
03-07-2013, 09:37 AM
The saving grace is that it may bring him back on tour to the Great White North....but I don't have much interest in what they're doing, lately. Echoing sukebanboy's comments on mediocrity, there's enough of that in the world.

04-18-2013, 11:36 AM
I bet this (good) trailer is better than the record.


Ian Jane
04-18-2013, 11:55 AM
Ha, that's kinda rad. And yeah, likely more rad than the record. We'll find out soon enough I guess.

04-22-2013, 09:58 AM
Full album stream HERE. (http://www.npr.org/2013/04/21/177510247/first-listen-iggy-the-stooges-ready-to-die)

Hmmm... I'm only a few songs in and it's different than I expected. It's better than The Weirdness, though.

04-24-2013, 12:22 PM
So has anybody else dared to listen to Ready To Die yet? I’ve given it a few listens now and have to say I actually like it. As expected it’s got nothing on the first three classic albums, but it is MUCH better than The Weirdness. And I’d say it comes across more as a follow-up to Kill City than The Weirdness. There are also a couple of introspective tracks that remind me a bit of stuff off of Avenue B, but less depressed. So the basically I think your mileage is going to depend on how much you like Kill City and Iggy’s later solo work.

Ian Jane
04-24-2013, 01:25 PM
I haven't really had time yet, but will get to it. I like Kill City but am so so on Iggy's later solo stuff.

04-29-2013, 09:58 AM
Here's a live set from this weekend. I haven't watched the whole thing but a bunch of the new album gets a workout.


04-29-2013, 11:25 AM
This review is pretty much on the same page as me.

"So yeah, it ain't no Raw Power. But once you get your head around the fact that it rightfully doesn't even attempt to imitate its antecedent, and really is more a belated sequel to Pop and Williamson's 1977 album Kill City, then this is, in places, a pretty damn good rock & roll record."


Ian Jane
04-29-2013, 11:43 AM
I still haven't streamed it. This should be important to me but I'm having trouble getting genuinely excited about it after seeing Iggy pop up (ha!) in a Chrysler commercial the other day.

Why you gotta do that, Iggy?

Ian Jane
04-30-2013, 12:38 PM
OK, this is better than I figured it woudl be. Much improved over The Weirdness, and yeah, I hear the Kill City comparisons.

Iggy was in fine form on Colbert last night...



04-30-2013, 01:33 PM
I kind of went on an Iggy sabbatical after The Weirdness so this album is a welcome relief.

05-02-2013, 10:17 AM
So the digital version of the new album tacks on an extra track, "Dying Breed", to the end of the album. This would usually annoy me, but the song is pretty crummy so in this case I'm glad it was left off of the CD/LP.

Ian Jane
05-02-2013, 10:21 AM
That track's up on spotify too.

Ian Jane
09-10-2015, 12:20 PM
"Unfortunately, Steve Mackay of The Stooges is in critical condition. On Tuesday, Mackay was treated for a life threatening infection. As of right now, reports state that Mackay is still in critical condition. Few other details are known at this time."


Mark Tolch
09-10-2015, 12:48 PM
Oh, man.

Ian Jane
10-11-2015, 12:26 PM
Unfortunately, he didn't make it.


Mark Tolch
10-11-2015, 12:30 PM
So, if Iggy outlives James Williamson, he's probably immortal.

10-12-2015, 05:16 PM
RIP Steve.