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IGGY AND THE STOOGES - "Wild Love: The Detroit Rehearsals and More"

Album Review

     "This better be on tape or I'll kill somebody," Iggy Pop warns as his Stooges rehearse "Pin Point Eyes," unknowingly developing an influence that would still be prevalent several decades after they went home for that evening.  Incredible groups such as Rage Against The Machine, Refused, and System Of A Down, have amazed contemporary ears with viscous force, but this provocative style was initially forged in the early 1970's.  "Wild Love" is a glimpse of that genesis, when a new path was cut for Music to travel along.

     These tracks attest that Iggy wasn't the pioneer to look in this direction, he was merely the first to take the necessary Leap.  This album is a collection of practices and warm-ups, with the band trying new things and learning their talents.  The astonishing guitar of James Williamson goes this way and that, from established blues riffs to experimental sounds that are entirely ground-breaking.  Songs like "I Come From Nowhere," "Hey Baby," and "Look So Sweet," are examples of pure creative ingenuity, with the members feeding of each other's imaginations.

     The songs they borrow from other artists are performed with incredible command, expressing the motifs in an aggressively passionate manner.  Bob Dylan's "Ballad Of Hollis Brown" is executed so potently, the underlying anomie is taken to another level, and Iggy shows he's full of Soul with his rendition of Bo Diddley's "I'm A Man," among several other blues jams.

     Although bands like those aforementioned have evolved this genre into something Great, this Road was started by Iggy And The Stooges.  Luckily, someone was there to catch it on tape.


STARS: 4 / 5


This originally appeared in Privy Magazine on January 2, 2002.

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