THE STOOGES 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions (2005)

1970: The Complete
Fun House Sessions
(2005)
If Not The Greatest Box Set Ever…
Certainly The Greatest Idea For One.

This is a box set! Virtually every note recorded by The Stooges – live in the studio – during the making of Fun House, the band’s second (and arguably, best) album. Nearly 8 hours, “every take, in order, exactly as The Stooges recorded them – all the music, mayhem, false starts, inside jokes and equipment hum,” as the pre-release pitch stated. And, while I’d be the first to admit that there’s limited repeat listening value to be found in 28 takes of “Loose” or 15 live versions of “Down On The Street,” I was proudly one of only 3,000 to drop $119.98 just for the opportunity to hear what the future of rock ‘n’ roll sounded like in 1970, for better or worse. I won’t waste your time selling you on its merits. You’ve either got the stamina or you don’t. But… can you really ignore a free ride in the Way-Back Machine to hear (at least once) the godfathers of punk, unedited over several days in May, 1970? If you just want a small taste, you might try Disc 1, where the band runs raw through a handful of different tunes… before they settle in to hammer 10 or 20 takes in a row. By Discs 3 & 4, The Stooges are hitting their stride. Now, if only The Beatles would get on board with this concept. In late 2010, Rhino began producing this box again, limited editions be damned. Find it at Amazon HERE.


ONE
Fun House (Tape Glitch Fragment) (0:22)
Studio Dialogue (0:40)
1970 (Incomplete) (1:51)
Studio Dialogue (0:20)
1970 Take 1 (7:04)
1970 Take 2 (3:08)
Studio Dialogue (0:31)
1970 Take 3 (7:34)
1970 Take 4 (6:02)
Studio Dialogue (0:15)
Loose (Demo) (1:13)
Studio Dialogue (0:07)
1970 Take 5 (5:48)
Loose Take 1 (Labeled As I’m Loose) (False Start) (1:37)
Loose Take 2 (3:41)
Down On The Street Take 1 (2:05)
Studio Dialogue (0:11)
Loose Take 3 (3:45)
Down On The Street Take 2 (False Start) (3:31)
Down On The Street Take 3 (False Start) (0:21)
Studio Dialogue (0:34)
See That Cat (T.V. Eye) (5:15)
Studio Dialogue (0:12)
1970 Take 1 (6:26)
Fun House Take 1 (10:03)
Studio Dialogue (0:09)
Lost In The Future (False Start) (0:27)
Studio Dialogue (0:08)
Lost In The Future (False Start) (1:11)

TWO
Lost In The Future Take 1 (5:42)
Studio Dialogue (0:11)
Lost In The Future Take 2 (False Start) (1:21)
Lost In The Future Take 3 (4:36)
Studio Dialogue (0:14)
Loose Take 1 (3:39)
Studio Dialogue (0:19)
1970 Take 1 (6:18)
Loose Take 2 (3:41)
Loose Take 3 (False Start) (0:26)
Studio Dialogue (0:32)
Loose Take 4 (3:39)
Studio Dialogue (0:14)
Loose Take 5 (3:39)
Studio Dialogue (0:08)
Loose Take 6 (3:43)
Loose Take 7 (False Start) (1:11)
Loose Take 9 (3:40)
Loose Take 11 (3:42)
Loose Take 12 (3:42)
Loose Take 13 (3:47)
Loose Take 14 (3:42)
Loose Take 15 (3:42)
Slide (Slidin’ The Blues) (4:35)
Studio Dialogue (0:12)
Loose Take 16 (3:43)
Loose Take 17
(False Start) (0:27)
Loose Take 18
(False Start) (1:00)
Loose Take 19 (3:38)

THREE
Loose Take 20 (3:42)
Studio Dialogue (0:21)
Loose Take 21 (False Start) (3:15)
Studio Dialogue (0:44)
Loose Take 22 (3:41)
Studio Dialogue (0:14)
Loose Take 23 (3:42)
Loose Take 24 (3:44)
Loose Take 25 (False Start) (3:14)
Loose Take 26 (False Start) (2:00)
Studio Dialogue (0:13)
Loose Take 27 (3:38)
Loose Take 28 (3:37)
Down On The Street Take 1 (3:57)
Down On The Street Take 2 (4:11)
Down On The Street Take 3 (4:08)
Down On The Street Take 4 (4:15)
Studio Dialogue (0:07)
Down On The Street Take 5 (4:14)
Studio Dialogue (0:19)
Down On The Street Take 6 (4:27)
Down On The Street Take 7 (False Start) (0:18)
Down On The Street Take 8 (4:15)
Down On The Street Take 9 (False Start) (0:26)
Down On The Street Take 10 (4:25)
Down On The Street Take 11 (False Start) (0:41)
Studio Dialogue (0:27)
Down On The Street Take 12 (False Start) (1:23)
Down On The Street Take 13 (4:01)
Down On The Street Take 14 (False Start) (2:10)
Down On The Street Take 15 (3:43)

FOUR
T.V. Eye Take 1 (5:21)
T.V. Eye Take 2 (False Start) (4:29)
Slide (Slidin’ The Blues) (1:00)
T.V. Eye Take 3 (5:29)
T.V. Eye Take 4 (False Start) (0:33)
T.V. Eye Take 5 (5:55)
T.V. Eye Take 6 (5:44)
Studio Dialogue (0:25)
T.V. Eye Take 7 (5:21)
T.V. Eye Take 8 (5:21)
Studio Dialogue (0:17)
T.V. Eye Take 9 (4:18)
T.V. Eye Take 10 (False Start) (0:12)
T.V. Eye Take 11 (4:16)
T.V. Eye Take 12 (4:46)
T.V. Eye Take 13 (4:17)
T.V. Eye Take 14 (4:45)
Studio Dialogue (0:18)
1970 Take 1 (5:27)
Studio Dialogue (0:13)
1970 Take 2 (5:20)
Studio Dialogue (0:09)
1970 Take 3 (5:10)

FIVE
1970 Take 4 (5:45)
Studio Dialogue (0:24)
1970 Take 5 (5:25)
1970 Take 6 (False Start) (1:01)
1970 Take 7 (5:46)
1970 Take 8 (5:18)
Fun House Take 1 (False Start) (3:10)
Fun House Take 2 (9:16)
Fun House Take 3 (11:20)
Studio Dialogue (0:41)
Fun House Take 4 (8:25)
Fun House Take 5 (7:46)
Studio Dialogue (0:38)
Dirt Take 1 (7:31)
Dirt Take 2 (7:04)

SIX
Dirt Take 3 (7:03)
Studio Dialogue (0:30)
Dirt Take 4 (7:07)
Dirt Take 5 (6:40)
Dirt Take 6 (6:40)
Dirt Take 7 (False Start) (0:45)
Dirt Take 8 (6:51)
Dirt Take 9 (6:58)
Dirt Take 10 (7:10)
Dirt Take 11 (0:08)
Dirt Take 12 (7:04)
Freak Take 1 (Later Titled L.A. Blues) (17:25)
Freak Take 2
(Later Titled L.A. Blues) (4:55)

SEVEN
Down On The Street (Mono Single Edit) (2:47)
I Feel Alright (1970) (Mono Single Edit) (3:19)

22 Comments

  • 1
    klf
    January 1, 2009 - 04:35 | Permalink

    Ha, this is funny! Happy New Year!

  • 2
    CATASTO ELETTRICO
    January 1, 2009 - 12:41 | Permalink

    Many thanks for this, but mainly for the chance to remember to ourselves how The Stooges were one of the headchief in the Top Ten of The Most Ovverated Bands Of All The Times… A brief ear to the take 5 of "T.V. Eye," is luckily enough to remind it to us in case we forgot it! Regarding their "historical" role, you can easily go at Chocoreve and download plenty of compilations of garage bands doing the same stuff but lacking the luck to be fronted by an as successfully istrionic as uninspired singer as Iggy was then and in the following years by himself (The Passenger still cry for vengeange!). I still laugh any time someone compares Pop to Morrison… You can anyhow go to hear The Beast today with the Beauty at http://sweetfrancoise.blogspot.com. Anyway, this is intended IMO opinion, it's clear… Your work and your words are always well done and well said, and this is a joking mood(as musical arguments mood must be)chance to tell you Happy New Year and Keep Up this all!!!

  • 3
    Johnny Vandal
    January 1, 2009 - 15:12 | Permalink

    I was one of the 3,000 folks who bought this gem. It's like visiting an art exhibit on The Stooges in a time machine.

  • 4
    ksn
    January 2, 2009 - 01:04 | Permalink

    brilliant! like being a fly on the wall. great post, way to ring in 2009.

    thx from nyc,
    ksn

  • 5
    JR Heat Warp
    January 6, 2009 - 16:23 | Permalink

    As if there's ever not a reason to play Funhouse at full volume, word is trickling down the wire that guitarist Ron Asheton died this morning.

  • 6
    Capt. Willard
    January 6, 2009 - 18:46 | Permalink

    Bummer. Thanks JR.

  • 7
    Anonymous
    January 7, 2009 - 01:20 | Permalink

    Thanks for this – I've been wanting to hear these tracks for ages.

    Ron Asheton, you're never to be forgotten!!

  • 8
    one bite
    January 7, 2009 - 14:17 | Permalink

    Ron Asheton R.I.P.

  • 9
    3410
    January 8, 2009 - 04:03 | Permalink

    Saw the Stooges about three years ago. They were pretty great that day, but Ron was the highlight; after all these years, surprisingly awesome.

  • 10
    Capt. Willard
    January 8, 2009 - 05:08 | Permalink

    Maybe my proudest badge of honor was seeing The Stooges in 1969. It wasn't because I was already hip and "in touch" or anything like that. I just happened to go to an indoor "festival" in St. Louis that was headlined by Chuck Berry, and featured a slew of groups including Rotary Connection, Steam, Blues Magoos, Frijid Pink, Country Joe & The Fish, The Amboy Dukes, Frost and, among others… The Stooges. It's no coincidence that what I remember most is The Stooges, as they were the first act that ever got me standing on a chair at a concert. Iggy dived into the audience and there was mayhem down front, and the entire auditorium was straining to view. I remember Iggy crawling around on stage wailing for water until a jug was brought for him, and he laid on the stage drinking out of it while some booed his behavior and obvious distain for the crowd. Never forgot it. Can't remember jack about Steam (kiss 'em goodbye). You can view the ticket stub here.
    http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp319/Willard-NGOOTB/Fest.jpg

  • 11
    Jim Hall
    January 14, 2009 - 08:31 | Permalink

    I am one of the 3,000 as well. I can honestly say there aren't many records I'd want to hear 30 takes of one song. Fun House is one of them.

  • 12
    Obscure Reference
    March 5, 2009 - 18:24 | Permalink

    Thanks so much – I've been wanting to hear this for a very long time! Thanks in advance for the other postings, too… now I know where my spare time's going for the next several months!

  • 13
    Capt. Willard
    March 5, 2009 - 20:40 | Permalink

    Thanks for commenting. It's very appreciated.

  • 14
    olaf675
    March 22, 2009 - 04:00 | Permalink

    Thanks for your article. I got a sub-100 numbered copy way back when.

    If you want to hear a wild cover of 'TV Eye' hunt down John Zorn's version on the compilation 'Rubaiyat: Elektra's 40th Anniversary' with Yamatsuka Eye's (at the time) deliriously maniacal vocals. Just be sure to listen to Michael Feinstein's cover of Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides Now' that comes before it to get the full effect of John Zorn's cover. A similar vocal performance to Yamatsuka Eye is James Chance's original 'Contort Yourself'. Not the later disco mix version (!).

    I still can't believe that Rhino Handmade or EMI haven't released limited extended editions of all of the Beatles catalog. The 'Beatles Anthologies' are nice, but woefully inadequate, especially in comparison to bootlegs that I assume the sets were trying to stifle. Perhaps one could assume the Beatles didn't want any non-master track versions of their songs out there.

  • 15
    Capt. Willard
    March 22, 2009 - 04:45 | Permalink

    Good tip, thanks. Love Zorn… just can't keep up with his output.

  • 16
    Weekend Hippie
    April 21, 2009 - 21:54 | Permalink

    Thanks for this. I lived in Detroit up til the mid 70's, and I feel lucky to have experienced the whole late 60's Detroit Rock sound. Alot of great original bands came out of that time that never got the notoriety or success I believed they deserved.

    I saw the Stooges numerous times in all sorts of venues. The band(originally known as The Psychedelic Stooges) played the Grande a lot. Iggy (or as we called him 'The IG-STER') was out there from the get go. He quickly established himself as the most bizarre in the late 60's music scene in Detroit. Shirtless in those hip hugger jeans I remember him playing the Grande one night saying 'We wanna play you a song called "I wanna Piss in your face" (never recorded). Towards the end of the set he climbed up on the double high electrovoice PA speakers, then jumping 25 feet down into the crowd. And THIS was in 1968!

    About the bands "live" sound, never known as Musician's Musician, but of course it was all about the raw energy. The late 60's Stooges had a unique sound. A late friend of mine called Ron Ashton "The pissiest guitar player ever"! But seeing them "live", the bottom fell out during the guitar solo's. You just heard a very low bass and tom-toms during the guitar solo's. Musically they were a trio, but the band were no Cream when it came to filling up space. However when they got into the recording studio for their 1st lp their sound took a giant leap.

    It's always great for me to hear and see these bands now lauded as "Ahead of their time". To fans in the Detroit late 60's they were unique and loved. Outside the area… they were often branded talentless. Somehow the IG-STER managed to find gig's and keep it together until he was finally recognized.

    Thanks again, and I remind you that no matter how old you are, keep kickin' them out!!!

  • 17
    Capt. Willard
    April 22, 2009 - 00:57 | Permalink

    Many thanks for commenting.

  • 18
    ElRoi
    October 9, 2009 - 21:23 | Permalink

    Thanks so very much for this Willard. This collection is almost impossible to find and if you can find it brand new it's like $700. So, I doubt I would have ever had a chance to hear this in its entirety. Thanks again.

  • 19
    sean
    October 11, 2009 - 14:07 | Permalink

    awesome

  • 20
    Perineum
    January 19, 2010 - 08:03 | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the post. I missed a copy of this back in the day – to my great regret.

    The all-time greatest album.

    mr flibble

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    Willard
    July 1, 2011 - 10:28 | Permalink

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  • 22
    Tony O
    May 9, 2013 - 21:16 | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this..This is a must have for anyone into the history of American Rock..Or Rock in general..

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