50 Years Ago: The Stooges Release Their Debut Album

Few bands are as influential as The Stooges (or Iggy and the Stooges depending on the era). The band is heavily responsible for the formation of punk rock. They have large following even today and are often labeled as a band who were way ahead of their time.

On this day in 1969 The Stooges released their self titled debut album. It was then that the world was introduced to Iggy Pop, the first true punk rocker. At the time critics sort of dismissed it, but now The Stooges is considered a landmark album in the history of music.

The album spawned the track I Wanna Be Your Dog, which became one of the band’s signature tracks.

It amazes me how good this song still sounds. The Stooges’ peak did not last long as the band was done after 5 years. Although they did reunite for a long stretch from 2003-2016.

I’ve always meant to dig a little deeper into The Stooges, because I find them to be so interesting. If you’re a fan I recommend checking out Jim Jarmusch’s documentary on the band called Gimme Danger.

What do you think of the Stooges?