The Stooges (album)

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The Stooges
Studio album by The Stooges
Released August 5, 1969
Recorded April 1969
Genre Garage rock,[1] protopunk[2]
Length 34:33
Label Elektra
Producer John Cale
The Stooges chronology
The Stooges
Fun House
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
BBC Music (favorable)[4]
Robert Christgau B+[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
Pitchfork (8.9/10)[7]
Stylus Magazine (A)[8]

The Stooges is the self-titled debut studio album by American rock band The Stooges, released in August 1969 on Elektra Records. Two songs, "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "1969", were released as singles and the album peaked at #106 on the Billboard album charts. It is widely considered one of the best proto-punk albums. With Ron Asheton's walls of distortion, and distorted wah wah solos, textures and power chord riffs, it is also considered to have had an impact on hard rock.


For their first album, the Stooges had intended to record five songs: "I Wanna Be Your Dog", "No Fun", "1969", "Ann", and "We Will Fall". The five songs were staples—and essentially the basis—of the Stooges' live set at the time. A typical Stooges song of the period would involve two minutes of composed song followed by several minutes of improvisation. Having assumed that the five songs as normally performed would cover requirements for the album, the Stooges were told by Elektra that they needed more material. According to Iggy Pop, "We handed (the five-song version of the album) in and they refused it. They said, 'There aren't enough songs!' So we lied and said, 'That's OK, we've got lots more songs.'" (liner notes of 2005 reissue, p. 9)

In reality, the Stooges were about a day ahead of themselves when Iggy made that statement to Elektra; overnight, the group wrote three more songs, "Real Cool Time", "Not Right" and "Little Doll", and played them for the first time in the studio.

An initial mix by producer John Cale, apparently resembling ex-Velvet Underground bandmate Lou Reed's "closet mix" of that band's eponymous third album of the same year, was rejected by Elektra. The mix as heard on the final product was done by Iggy Pop and Elektra Records president Jac Holzman. Four of Cale's original mixes would later appear on the bonus disc of a 2005 reissued version, with pitch correction applied to them. Five years later, all Cale mixes were released unaltered on the first disc of a 2010 collector's edition release of the album.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

In 2003, the album was ranked #185 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[10] The same magazine included "1969" in their "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time" list.[11] Robert Dimery, writing in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, said that the album was "a collection of brilliant curios, which were neither full-on garage rock, nor out-and-out dirge."[12]

In March 2005, Q magazine placed "I Wanna Be Your Dog" at #13 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dave Alexander, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton and Iggy Stooge (Iggy Pop).

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "1969"   4:05
2. "I Wanna Be Your Dog"   3:09
3. "We Will Fall"   10:18
Side B
No. Title Length
4. "No Fun"   5:14
5. "Real Cool Time"   2:29
6. "Ann"   2:59
7. "Not Right"   2:51
8. "Little Doll"   3:20

2005 reissue[edit]

On August 16, 2005, Elektra and Rhino Records jointly re-issued the album as a specially-priced double CD, with a remastered version of the album on disc one and the following alternate takes on disc two:

  1. "No Fun" (Original John Cale mix) – 4:43
  2. "1969" (Original John Cale mix) – 2:45
  3. "I Wanna Be Your Dog" (Original John Cale mix) – 3:26
  4. "Little Doll" (Original John Cale mix) – 2:49
  5. "1969" (alternate vocal) – 4:47
  6. "I Wanna Be Your Dog" (alternate vocal) – 3:28
  7. "Not Right" (alternate vocal) – 3:12
  8. "Real Cool Time" (alternate mix) – 3:22
  9. "Ann" (full version) – 7:52
  10. "No Fun" (full version) – 6:49

2010 collector's edition[edit]

On May 7, 2010, Rhino Records again released the album in their "Handmade" series as a collector's package including two CDs, a 7" record, and a 7"x7"-sized booklet. The first disc features the main songs, the single version of "I Wanna Be Your Dog", and all original John Cale mixes of the songs. The second disc, and both sides of the 7" single, contain the previously unissued "Asthma Attack", a staple of the group's early live shows.[9]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "1969" – 4:05
  2. "I Wanna Be Your Dog" – 3:10
  3. "We Will Fall" – 10:15
  4. "No Fun" – 5:15
  5. "Real Cool Time" – 2:29
  6. "Ann" – 3:00
  7. "Not Right" – 2:49
  8. "Little Doll" – 3:21
  9. "I Wanna Be Your Dog" [Single Version] – 03:10
  10. "1969" [Original John Cale Mix] – 02:57
  11. "Not Right" [Original John Cale Mix] – 02:37
  12. "We Will Fall" [Original John Cale Mix] – 11:10
  13. "No Fun" [Original John Cale Mix] – 04:42
  14. "Real Cool Time" [Original John Cale Mix] – 02:40
  15. "Ann" [Original John Cale Mix] – 03:15
  16. "Little Doll" [Original John Cale Mix] – 03:05
  17. "I Wanna Be Your Dog" [Original John Cale Mix] – 03:42

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Asthma Attack" [Album Version] – 06:26
  2. "1969" [Alternate Vocal] – 04:45
  3. "I Wanna Be Your Dog" [Alternate Vocal] – 03:28
  4. "We Will Fall" [Alternate Version] – 11:24
  5. "No Fun" [Full Version] – 06:49
  6. "Real Cool Time" [Takes 1 & 2] – 07:04
  7. "Ann" [Full Version] – 08:00
  8. "Not Right" [Alternate Vocal] – 03:08
  9. "Little Doll" [Takes 1–5] – 10:24

Musical personnel[edit]

Recording and artwork personnel[edit]

2005 reissue personnel[edit]


  • Finnish group Sub covered "Ann" on their Sunshine 7" EP (1990).
  • Sky Cries Mary covered "We Will Fall" on their album A Return to the Inner Experience.

Acts that have covered "No Fun"[edit]

  • The Orb, during their John Peel Session in 1992.

Acts that have covered or sampled "Not Right"[edit]

  • Sonic Youth, who included a cut-up sample on their second full-length album Bad Moon Rising (between the tracks "Society Is a Hole" and "I Love Her All The Time").

Acts that have covered "I Wanna Be Your Dog"[edit]

  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, on their 1988 album Up Your Alley.


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