The Stooges
The Weirdness

Virgin
2007
C
Reviewed by: Cosmo Lee
Reviewed on: 2007-04-03



Posted 04/03/2007 - 09:40:43 AM by raskolnikov:
 While I agree this release is horrible and damaging to the legacy of the USA's finest band, what is your problem with the lyrics on the first three Stooges records? Characterizing Ig's lyrics as "inane" in general and later calling "I Wanna Be Your Dog" lyrically-challenged is pretty fucking wrong. His lyrics were perfect for the Stooges' music, and by the standards of the era his terse nihilistic style was totally different from all the windy hippie douches writing self-important songs about peace and love. His style was simple yet it conveyed much--on this record he sounds like a chatty old man by comparison, and it's one of the main failings of the album. I dare you to find a better title for a song than "I Wanna Be Your Dog" in those days, and the line "out of my mind on a Saturday night" from the song "1970" is the best line ever written by any American rock lyricist ever. Very surprising that a reviewer like yourself who regularly excuses the horrendously silly and overwrought lyrics of black metal would have such a problem with Iggy Pop's greatest work.....
 
Posted 04/03/2007 - 12:32:19 PM by cwperry:
 This is the most well-written review of this album I've read. "The Weirdness comes off as another solid yet daffy Iggy Pop solo album."--very good point; I felt the same way about the ill-advised Big Star reunion album, that it was instead a lousy Alex Chilton solo. "The biggest omission here is the blues. They were a huge part of the Stooges' sound"--another excellent point. Nice job, Mr. Lee.
 
Posted 04/03/2007 - 12:33:26 PM by cwperry:
 raskolnikov: Part of the appeal of early Stooges was PRECISELY that the lyrics were inane. I don't take that as an insult in this case, nor do I think it's intended to be.
 
Posted 04/03/2007 - 07:12:14 PM by grandbanks:
 Looks like this is gonna disappear tomorrow, and rightfully so for the most part. I don't expect shit from this record and am actively avoiding it, especially after hearing that Watt was told how to play on it (basically handed a pick and told to play the root, it seems). Damn, let's pretend it didn't happen. Just pisses me off that fucking Fountains of Wayne got more comments than this. Also, whether it was meant as a slam or not, Iggy's lyrics during the Stooges run are pretty much classic. Inane implies secondary, tossed off or inconsequential, none of which are the case. Ain't saying dude labored over them, but he sure backed them up there in ways that almost no one has been able to get right since (and HUNDREDS have tried). Really fucking hard to do. I certainly do not look at the Stooges as a guilty pleasure nor a chance to disengage from the content and "just rock out." The lyrics are as clunky as they need to be. Someone had to do it.
 
Posted 04/03/2007 - 08:42:52 PM by cwperry:
 Inane can also equal a lack of sense, something many classic rock lyrics have. All anyone means is that the Stooges' lyrics are goofy, like Little Richard's or anyone else's known for babblin' away. Jesus, is this a generation of hairsplitting semantics junkies or what?
 
Posted 04/04/2007 - 05:23:36 AM by raskolnikov:
 Complaining about a needless slam on Iggy's ancient Stooges lyrics is not a matter of semantics. When reviewing a release as crappy as "the Weirdness", the slams should be restricted to the current product, rather than directing them at some of the most unassailably amazing rock music that was ever played.