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by Eric Allen Been

8 Nov 2010


“Iggy was scary,” the Stooges former manager Danny Fields told music critic Robert Palmer while recalling the early live performances of the punk-rock precursor. “I was terrified every time he went onstage that he would cause death and/or mayhem, that he would smash someone over the head with a bench, say, or eviscerate himself onstage. It was very, very powerful; I never saw anything like it.”

Yet despite the infamous lore surrounding Iggy Pop’s initial stint with the Stooges—particularly following the release of their 1970 masterwork Fun House—quality recordings of the band’s onstage mayhem has been an abysmal state of affairs.

Thankfully, Rhino Handmade is set to unveil Have Some Fun: Live at Ungano’s, an unreleased reel-to-reel tape recording of a Stooges’s show during their four-night residency at the Ungano’s nightclub in New York City. Recorded just after the release of Fun House, the band performs every cut from the classic album except “L.A. Blues”, and it is also contains a previously unreleased “10-minute-plus psychedelic, freak out jam” titled “Have Some Fun/My Dream Is Dead”. 

According to the release’s linear notes composed by the Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, “the sound [on the live album] comes in sheets of earsplitting noise, dense and bleating, as if a sheep is being led to slaughter. You can literally hear the ‘60s gasping for breath, the totemic sacrifice of the Stooges.”

Have Some Fun is set to ship on 16 November 2010.

SONG LIST
01 Going to Ungano’s
02 Loose
03 Down on the Street
04 T.V. Eye
05 Dirt
06 1970
07 Fun House
08 Have Some Fun / My Dream Is Dead

by Devin Mainville

8 Nov 2010


The artist that Rolling Stone magazine named a top ten artist to watch is reminding everyone how he earned that title. Pete Yorn is launching a North American tour that will support his new self titled album. The new album has received rave reviews from publications like Spin who said “From bracing opener ‘Precious Stone’ to the chugging fan appreciation ‘Rock Crowd’ to a heartfelt version of Gram Parsons’ ‘Wheels,’ Yorn emerges with his most purposeful, affecting album yet.” The CD is available now and tickets for his tour go on sale this weekend. The tour kicks off on February 14th in Phoenix, but until then, check out some live Pete Yorn below and on thelivebuzz.com.

by Stephen Rowland

5 Nov 2010


Of all the films made between the years of 1893 and 1930 in the United States, less than 20% are said to still exist, according to the Library of Congress, which is a crushing blow to any cineaste. Personally, I don’t even like to think about it. This isn’t just due to wastefulness; early celluloid film containing nitrate or acetate deteriorated rapidly over the years if not properly preserved, not to mention such film is highly flammable. American studios distributed many of their films around the world, and while there were many that the U.S. didn’t hold on to, other countries did.

by PopMatters Staff

5 Nov 2010


“This is what I love about Republicans. I honestly secretly really admire them because, man they have guts. They come in with both guns blazing. They take no prisoners. What I suggested to you here that played on last night’s show, about how there’s 420 bills that the House has already passed, that the Senate could pass right now because we have enough votes to do that, yet they won’t do it—I know they won’t do it—even simple bills like the child nutrition bill, they won’t do it. But I’ll tell you what, if the shoe was on the other foot, if this was the Republicans in a lame duck session, dammit, they’d be passing as much of that as they could. Because that’s how they are. Because they believe in something. And that’s what Americans love about republicans. Because they just believe in something.”—Michael Moore

by Eric Allen Been

4 Nov 2010


It was 40 years ago today that David Bowie arguably invented glam rock with the U.S. release of his third studio album The Man Who Sold the World. While the dominant storyline usually contends that glam’s genesis began with Marc Bolan’s glitter and satin-wearing appearance on the British broadcast Top of the Pops in March 1971, Bowie nonetheless predated T. Rex’s performance that mixed raunchy guitars with androgyny by addressing sexual uncertainty over hard rock riffs on the Sold the World’s opener “The Width of a Circle”.

What’s more, Bowie’s first iconoclastic challenges to the alpha male rock star stereotype continued during the Sold the World era with him donning a dress during the album’s U.S. promotional tour, and he later showed up wearing the same garb on the album cover for the 1971 UK release of the project. 

But the Sold the World metamorphosis wasn’t just a stylistic change up but a musical diversion as well. Bowie abandoned his psychedelic folk-leaning roots on the release, teaming up with the virtuosic Mick Ronson (who later formed the backbone of the Bowie’s Spiders from Mars band) to concoct an album that leaned towards the proto-metal electric heaviness of then contemporaries Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

Though Sold the World is now often overshadowed by Bowie’s commercial breakthrough Hunky Dory and the glorious run that is the Ziggy Stardust albums, the 1970 release is when Bowie’s strange odyssey really began. And when he became truly great.

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