IGGY AND THE STOOGES – Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans

Facts can’t be disputed. THE STOOGES are one of the most influential, and great bands of all time and their third album, Raw Power, released in ’73, is absolutely mandatory.

Fast forward to September 3, 2010 at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in England. The 2010 incarnation of THE STOOGES, composed of Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Steve Mackay, and Mike Watt, busted out the entire Raw Power album for those in attendance. Fortunately, for those of us not in attendance, MVD Entertainment Group has released a live recording of that very special day.

The band do not play the album in its recorded tracklisting order. However, that does not detract how great it sounds. Performance wise, the band are in fine form. Sonically, every instrument is audibly crystal clear. You’ll feel like you’re in the photo pit.

It’s easy to imagine how wild and crazy Iggy Pop is running, crawling, and jumping around the stage all the while doing a great job singing. He may have been 63 at the time of the show but his legendary charisma and talent shine through on this recording.

While Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans may not necessarily be a mandatory addition to your collection, it is certainly a welcome release that helps pump life into THE STOOGES‘ lifespan and legacy. (MVD Entertainment Group)

IGGY POP – Lust for Life DVD

While this documentary was filmed in 1986, the subject matter and content is timeless. The film is interspersed with live footage of Iggy Pop with his solo band in 1986 in Germany, STOOGES performance clips, various photos relating to his career up to that point, and various other clips. The heart of the document is the insightful interview with Iggy, and the interview with STOOGES‘ guitarist Ron Asheton.

During the interview with Iggy, he goes through his musical roots, what really made him want to play music, and working with David Bowie. One of the best moments is when the interviewer plays the STOOGES‘ “No Fun” and Iggy gets a huge smile and you can see his instantaneous happiness. Iggy then goes into how the song came about and the attitude behind it.

The interview with the late Ron Asheton is gold for STOOGES fans as he discusses the band’s early days and shares some really cool stories. He also takes the interviewer to where the band first practiced in his mother’s basement as well as other pertinent locations in the band’s hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Asheton is very candid and reveals much about the band’s drug habits and their untimely demise.

Lust for Life may not be packed with tons of content or is of average documentary length, but it’s short and sweet. The documentary was created by German filmmakers, but there is minimal use of German in the documentary’s narration so it should not be a hinderance. Overall, Lust for Life is recommended for fans of the STOOGES and IGGY POP. (MVD Visual)