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Scott Asheton is dead. Stooges Drummer passed away at age 64
March 16, 2014 5:54 PM   Subscribe

We lost a great one... Asheton co-formed the Stooges in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Mich., along with Pop, Dave Alexander and guitarist Ron Asheton, his older brother who died in 2009. Their best known songs include “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and “Search and Destroy,” and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. The rock and punk world has lost one of the greats as Stooges drummer Scott Asheton has passed away at the age of 64. Iggy Pop revealed the news to fans via a post on his Facebook page, revealing that the drummer died Saturday night (March 15). Asheton joined Pop and his late brother Ron as part of the original Stooges lineup in 1967. During their tenure, they released the classic albums ‘The Stooges,’ ‘Fun House’ and ‘Raw Power.’ The band split in 1974, but both Asheton brothers were part of the Stooges reunion in 2003. Ron Asheton, who was the band’s original guitarist and also played bass at times, died in 2009. As for Scott Asheton, he manned the kit for The Stooges until 2011.

The Stooge's Rider in 1996....a classic!
posted by shockingbluamp (47 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Bang bang clang clang. :(
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:10 PM on March 16


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posted by oceanjesse at 6:19 PM on March 16


I can't give anyone who played with the Stooges a moment of silence -- it's got to be a moment of noise.

One of the greats, indeed.
posted by scody at 6:25 PM on March 16 [10 favorites]


Opening of No Fun features his pounding work.
posted by awfurby at 6:32 PM on March 16 [2 favorites]


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posted by lotusstp at 7:18 PM on March 16


64 seems so young.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:19 PM on March 16


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posted by Room 641-A at 7:31 PM on March 16


Damn. RIP.
posted by jonmc at 7:39 PM on March 16


Goddmmit. Hard to believe that this guy could ever die. Or live to be 64. But he did both.

I don't want to keep harping on it every time somebody dies, especially because it sounds ridiculous if you say it out loud, but it bothers me that dudes die out of order. Like, Mick Jagger is literally 160 years old but the Stooges are dying, it doesn't seem right. But Scott Asheton knew time so I'm sure that it's fine.

all night 'til I blow away

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posted by hap_hazard at 7:39 PM on March 16 [2 favorites]


I don't particularly want Mick Jagger to die either.

This universe is a cruel place when someone like Fred Phelps can still be alive, barely or not, and 3/4 of the Ramones and now 3/4 of the Stooges are cold and gone.
posted by item at 7:49 PM on March 16 [4 favorites]


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posted by limeonaire at 7:56 PM on March 16


I just find it baffling that Shane McGowan and Keith Richards appear to be immortal. Not that I begrudge them their immortality in the slightest (god knows I love them both like mad), but I can never quite parse how it is that Joe Strummer's been gone for more than a decade while Shane just keeps going, like a gin-soaked Energizer bunny.
posted by scody at 7:59 PM on March 16 [2 favorites]


Jingle Bells
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:02 PM on March 16


I don't particularly want Mick Jagger to die either.

I'm not saying I wish him any particular harm. It's just that there's no justice in this world. But if there was maybe we'd never have had monstrous, filthy antediluvian punk rawk to begin with. Fuck that noise.
posted by hap_hazard at 8:05 PM on March 16


I just find it baffling that Shane McGowan and Keith Richards appear to be immortal.

I kind of get the feeling that Richards exaggerated - or didn't argue when others exaggerated - the severity of his drug use.
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posted by drnick at 8:48 PM on March 16


I'm not happy about this and someone better make it right, damnit!
posted by evilDoug at 9:15 PM on March 16


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posted by evilDoug at 9:15 PM on March 16


Here, It sure as hell doesn't fix anything but it makes me feel the tiniest bit better.
posted by evilDoug at 9:18 PM on March 16


And this while we're at it.
posted by evilDoug at 9:21 PM on March 16


Oh hell, here, but that's as far as I go. I'm serious.
posted by evilDoug at 9:24 PM on March 16


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posted by Woodroar at 11:09 PM on March 16


I kind of get the feeling that Richards exaggerated - or didn't argue when others exaggerated - the severity of his drug use.

For some reason I don't get that sense with Richards so much (I mean it's probably exaggerated but still really heavy in reality) but I do with Shane McGowan.
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posted by lapolla at 12:50 AM on March 17


I had dug out an old Iggy interview earlier in the day to compliment a similar replay on Radio 6 ( This is Iggy talking to Steve Jones 2005 LINK NB swearing ) . After hearing the news re Scott i grabbed one of my favourite interviews. This is when the Stooges first met Pete Townshend in 2007 at SWSW. Steve Jones there as well. Scott tells Pete how he ditched school to see the Who in 1965. LINK. Just a fun interview with people happy to see each other.
posted by stuartmm at 12:54 AM on March 17 [1 favorite]


T.V. Eye is the greatest song in rock n' roll history. Discuss.

One day after Gary of The Monks. Balls.
posted by Palindromedary at 2:31 AM on March 17 [2 favorites]


Bummer. My kids grew up on the Stooges very young (is 3 yrs old too young?) - singing "I wanna be your dog" loudly in the car... much to my partners horror (a classical musician and hater of chaotic punk rock).
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posted by El Brendano at 3:43 AM on March 17


I can never quite parse how it is that Joe Strummer's been gone for more than a decade while Shane just keeps going, like a gin-soaked Energizer bunny.
posted by scody at 3:59 AM on March 17


Also Mark E. Smith. Long may they both keep going.
posted by Decani at 4:54 AM on March 17


For some reason I don't get that sense with Richards so much (I mean it's probably exaggerated but still really heavy in reality) but I do with Shane McGowan.

I'm not sure who you mean, but if you're talking Shane MacGowan, whose teeth have fallen out and who is nearly incomprehensible, I mean, Jesus, what's your alternate explanation?
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posted by The Ardship of Cambry at 7:26 AM on March 17


For some reason I don't get that sense with Richards so much (I mean it's probably exaggerated but still really heavy in reality) but I do with Shane McGowan.

It's really not.
posted by scody at 10:35 AM on March 17


Waaaay the hell back in (*Google-checks my fading memory*) '97 I worked a gig with a group called Dodge Main, the brain child of Wayne Kramer from the MC5, Dennis Tek from Radio Birdman, and Scott Morgan (from a variety of Michigan bands.)

On that particular night, at the Euclid Tavern in Cleveland Ohio, the rhythm section was Gary Rasmussen on bass and Scott Asheton on drums. (Jimmy Zero also guested on a couple of songs.)

That was seriously one of the most amazing shows I've ever seen or worked.

RIP, Scott. You were one in a million.

(The show was recorded (see here and here), but as far as I know sadly remains unreleased.)
posted by soundguy99 at 11:12 AM on March 17 [2 favorites]


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(Is it too soon for Death Trip? Hell no.)
posted by Bron at 6:34 PM on March 17


I'm not sure who you mean, but if you're talking Shane MacGowan, whose teeth have fallen out and who is nearly incomprehensible, I mean, Jesus, what's your alternate explanation?

You don't have to be an alcoholic to have dental disease. I may well be totally wrong here I just got the impression at some point that he's not actually nearly so incoherent as he's cracked up to be most of the time.
posted by atoxyl at 8:14 PM on March 17


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posted by Dr-Baa at 8:07 AM on March 18


I may well be totally wrong here I just got the impression at some point that he's not actually nearly so incoherent as he's cracked up to be most of the time.

Sorry for the continued Shane side conversation, but seriously, watch the documentary about him. I went from thinking "haha, oh Shane, you lovable drunkard" to "sweet Jesus, the man is a (barely) walking tragedy."

posted by scody at 10:38 AM on March 18


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