Acclaimed Albums – Fun House by The Stooges

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 159/250Title: Fun House
Artist: The Stooges
Year: 1970
Position: #98

This evening I had the bright idea of ticking off another album whilst exploring the world of Horizon: Zero Dawn. Initially it was a bit of a mismatch, but since I was hacking down machines left, right and centre I began to get into the groove of it. Then, on the second play through, I got to a pretty difficult enemy… and suddenly my desperation in the game and the thrashing hard rock made everything just that bit stressful.

Anyway, that’s a lesson learned. Next time I’ll try out The Specials’ album or do the final Bob Marley album whilst I’m playing or I’ll only play albums like Fun House if I know I’m just going to explore and not engage in a boss level, maybe.

In any event, it has been an awfully long time since I did the first of the Stooges’ albums . I think I was somewhat underwhelmed by their debut and was expecting something a bit heavier. Well, they certainly delivered that on Fun House. They also delivered a hard rock album that, as we’re chronologically still early in the genre’s history, somewhat experimental and taking some ideas the world of Frank Zappa and jazz.

It’s always interesting to listen to an album like this that takes proper advantage of flipping the vinyl part way through. The first half, is more powerful and aggressive whilst the second half acts as a contrast with a comparatively slower and looser pace. We’re still not quite at pure punk yet with either side, but it’s getting there.

The progression made between  Fun House and The Stooges is quite remarkable; it makes me wonder if there will be a similar shift between this and the third Stooges album on the list: Raw Power. I guess I’ll find out in, if going by the current pace, another year.

2 thoughts on “Acclaimed Albums – Fun House by The Stooges

  1. As a fan of Iggy Pop, since my first listen to “The Idiot” in my late teens, followed by “Zombie Birdhouse”, I think James Osterburg said on an interview that their music was tame by the modern standard of excess in music lyrics. He also speaks about how it took a very long time for it to become popular and profitable and how it may never have been profitable in the present tim with all the modern music sharing platforms. Music, I think is a little like art, we wait until the music artist is past prime to admit that we like it, but then we are pleasantly suprised by how Iggy, Bowie and others appear to leave the best till last.

    OK so you are playing some sort of a game, while reviewing albums, would not a long commute in car or a train produces better results? (…. me speaking from the perspective of is how does one honestly critic or review an album while playing a game?).

    I appreciate how methodical and systemtic you are at crossing off your bucket list, please dont stop doing these.

    1. Hi Roland,

      Thank you for the kind words. You know what, I agree that when playing a story-heavy or dialogue heavy game then trying to listen to an album for a blog may not be the best option.

      For this I pretty much spent an hour riding on a robot horse and exploring some digital mountains rather than doing anything too intense… so I guess that’s like driving to work? But I take your point and I will definitely not be stopping any time soon 🙂

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