The Stooges (1970)
Fun House represents the apex of garage rock and the Detroit scene. Meanwhile, it also hints strongly at punk rock, while mixing in psychedelic jamming, soul-esque horn parts and even pure noise in the last track. It’s nihilism and primitivism conveyed in such a way as to be actually intelligent and artful. That’s a lot for one band to accomplish in just seven songs. Its structure is also impeccable, neatly divided into two halves that steadily progress (or regress?) toward the insanity of “L.A. Blues”, with the slow jam “Dirt” serving as a mid-program breather. Fun House is Zenlike in its paradoxical duality; stupid and genius; superficially simple with its chords and endlessly deep in its groove and flow; unbelievably furious and snottily apathetic. Guitarist Ron Asheton is a master of both noise and texture, while the hypnotic rhythm section pounds as if their lives depend on it. Iggy Pop roars, drawls and sneers like a wild animal over all this racket, and the final result is a truly intense, brilliantly pure rock record that still sounds different and separate from all the music it inspired.
Key track: “1970”
See also: The Stooges – the Stooges (1969), Raw Power – Iggy and the Stooges (1973)