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December 15, 2011 4:06 AM   Subscribe

Ye olde rock and roll time machine, part two: recently found photos of a Stooges performance at a suburban Detroit high school from 1970.
posted by NoMich (19 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
Best assembly ever. All we ever got were lame pep rallies and lectures about how not to be cool by not doing drugs.
posted by dortmunder at 4:45 AM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


This was clearly the assembly where you learn how to be cool by doing huge amounts of drugs.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 5:05 AM on December 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


Nah, this is the assembly where you learn how to be cool by not being dead yet. To wit: 'I see at least five members of the student body in the crowd – that are now dead. Yet Iggy rolls on. How cool!’
posted by kinnakeet at 5:14 AM on December 15, 2011


PS Iggy sure does look young. And I didn't believe that was actually possible.
posted by kinnakeet at 5:15 AM on December 15, 2011


Sure, Iggy was cool then, but even Iggy did his time looking like the kind of guy who would be on the high school debate team.

Because he was on the high school debate team.
posted by pracowity at 5:26 AM on December 15, 2011


I thought Iggy Pop was cool until I learned that his real name is James Newell Osterberg, Jr
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:36 AM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


The show was late due to Iggy being arrested earlier in the night – and then bailed out by band members.

When next you hear the question "Won't someone think of the children?", know that one man does.

That man is Iggy Pop.
posted by Capt. Renault at 5:46 AM on December 15, 2011 [4 favorites]


I thought Iggy Pop was cool until I learned that his real name is James Newell Osterberg, Jr

And now I think he's even cooler.
posted by benito.strauss at 6:27 AM on December 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


Apparently, this was James Williamson's first gig with the band. Even more wow.
posted by stinkycheese at 6:29 AM on December 15, 2011


Iggy last week.
posted by Xurando at 6:32 AM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Way cool. It's weird seeing Iggy in full-on Iggy mode with the dog collar on with a High School gym score board in the background.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 8:21 AM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Because he was on the high school debate team.

Resolved:
All night till I blow away
All night till I blow away
I feel alright, I feel alright
posted by hal9k at 9:49 AM on December 15, 2011


I think our high school had the Ides of March that year. I never went to any of our dances, though. i was home, listening to Iggy.
posted by beelzbubba at 10:18 AM on December 15, 2011


Apparently, this was James Williamson's first gig with the band. Even more wow.
posted by stinkycheese at 2:29 PM on December 15


James Williamson cured my unbearded teenage self of wanting to play like Ritchie Blackmore and turned me into the electroshock shriekbeast I remain unto this very day.

I hate the fact that he turned into a goddamned money-sucking suit. But what'cha gonna do? Fire up the AC30, I think. Hello, neighbour!
posted by Decani at 12:46 PM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


My brain can't wrap itself around the reality of The Stooges playing a High School.

How the hell??

Would something like this ever happen now? Is there even a band as provocative and raw, and primal and mind-bending that would approximate what the Stooges were in 1970?

Most bands these days seem so focused and polite, and clean and cautious and mannered and fucking tame.
posted by Skygazer at 1:11 PM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


My brain can't wrap itself around the reality of The Stooges playing a High School.

posted by Skygazer at 9:11 PM on December 15



Hey, the MC5 would have been cool with it.
posted by Decani at 1:14 PM on December 15, 2011


In the 70s, it was pretty commonplace for rock bands to play high schools, at least in Canada and the States.
posted by stinkycheese at 2:08 PM on December 15, 2011


Is there even a band as provocative and raw, and primal and mind-bending that would approximate what the Stooges were in 1970?

Good question. There's so many ways you could go with that idea. Peaches? (she did a duet with Iggy) Merzbow?

They're not provocative persay, but Lightning Bolt would certainly have bent my mind if I saw them live In a high school gymnasium.
posted by stinkycheese at 2:12 PM on December 15, 2011


The strange, but delightful, juxtaposition of Ig and the high school gym basketball scoreboard is awesome. Love it.
posted by sundrop at 4:51 PM on December 15, 2011


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