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The Stooges: 10 Of Their Best Songs – The Guardian

The Stooges: 10 Of Their Best Songs – The Guardian

The Stooges in 1970
In honor of Steve Mackay, The Guardian has put together a list of what it considers to be 10 of the best songs by The Stooges. Do you agree with their list? Here is an excerpt about “1970”:

The riff gets stuck like a scratched record, the Stooges retracing its three notes endlessly, like cavemen caught in a loop, Iggy barking “I feel all right!” again and again, and over the top the newest introduction to the group – saxophonist Steve Mackay, who sadly died this week, and who’d joined the group two days before the sessions for Fun House began – bleated and raged and blew, infesting the song’s priapic stomp with seething free-jazz skronk. It’s debauchery pushed to a psychosis some way beyond excess, beyond enervation, beyond exhaustion. Indeed, if you find yourself repeating the phrase “I feel all right” this many times, with such strangled passion, over a rusticated, circular riff caught in an ever-decaying orbit, then the chances are you don’t feel very all right.

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