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9:30 CLUB 2007 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the 9:30 Club, Washington DC, April 5, 2007. Very good NPR broadcast.
The first gig of the 2007 tour and they had just released Weirdness… If you wanted catchy punk, you’d probably be better off with The Ramones. With The Stooges, it’s a full-scale onslaught that will leave you drain and wasted. This is take-no-prisoners rock (or punk, if you prefer). And with Steve Mackay’s sax, you’d think you had wandered into some funky town and battered down the hatches. Sure, the setlist sounds like a Stooges’ greatest hits package - OK, there’s no Search And Destroy or Raw Power - but it’s also like meeting old friends, there’s something comforting in the familiar though these guys are so blisteringly hot they’ll scorch you.
This is what bassist Mike Watt (formerly of the Minutemen), who kept a tour diary, noted of this gig:
“ig calls for our tune ‘…about a magic number’ and damn, it’s amazing how we can play so tight w/no prac except maybe for that gig in austin a little more than two weeks ago. ig’s first stage launch comes next w/’I wanna be your dog’ and there’s so much fired up folks in the crowd, he doesn’t get that far before they themselves get him back on stage…
“steve (mackay) sounds great on his sax, honking strong. some trippy interplay between ig and [the late] ron (asheton) during ‘mindroom’ and then full gush for ‘fun house’…
“I make sure I keep playing and keep my spirits up - watching ig once again dive into the crowd and doing the dancing he does only his way keeps me very much in the moment and not in my own bellybutton lint. ‘little electric chair’ is up - ig gives a spiel about it being a ‘invention’ and the overtones in this pad make it sound on stage like nobody’s playing in the same key but looking over at ronnie’s fingers, I know we are. there’s hardly any sound from me anyway. ig calls for my bass solo and I do it up pretty good as far as feeling where my fingers are - it feels like a mime… hopes are on knobman rik getting it out to the folks…
“Ig calls out for ‘double dog’ and we reprise ‘I wanna be your dog’ in the dark cuz he asks for the lights to get cut. the gig’s done. pretty good first one, I think but I understand iggy being frustrated at a lot of it and he debriefs w/us after a few minutes. he points out parts he thinks the band was dragging and stuttering a bit - we all agree and think it’s good to talk about these things so we get up on them for next time. these are just small things though, the major stuff was the nightmare acoustics (damn that onstage feedback all gig especially) and the cornball light job [Ed: The broadcast sounds just fine]. it’s the first gig of the tour too so he’s sizing things up for us and himself to zero in on.”
Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark for sharing the tracks.
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Track 01. DJ Intro (593k)
Track 02. Loose (4.7MB)
Track 03. Down On the Street (5.6MB)
Track 04. 1969 (4.4MB)
Track 05. I Wanna Be Your Dog (7.1MB)
Track 06. TV Eye (5.8MB)
Track 07. My Idea of Fun (5.8MB)
Track 08. Dirt (7.3MB)
Track 09. Real Cool Time (4.8MB)
Track 10. No Fun (4.9MB)
Track 11. Band Intros (1.8MB)
Track 12. 1970 (7.5MB)
Track 13. Fun House (10.1MB)
Track 14. Skull Ring (5.8MB)
Track 15. Little Electric Chair (5.8MB)
Track 16. Trollin’ (4.8MB)
Track 17. DJ Comments (2.1MB)
Track 18. Not Right (3.1MB)
Track 19. She Took My Money (4.5MB)
Track 20. I’m Fried (4.9MB)
Track 21. I Wanna Be Your Dog (6.0MB)
Iggy Pop - vocals
Ron Asheton - guitar
Scott Asheton - drums
Mike Watt - bass
Steve Mackay - saxophone
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