21 Songs, 1 Hour 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Studio albums rarely capture the raw excitement of a live band, but Fun House is one of the few that manages to exceed all expectations. Recorded live in the studio by producer Don Gallucci, Fun House features one elementary riff after another brilliantly punctuated by a singer, Iggy Pop, who whoops and hollers along in spirited defiance to all convention. These primordial cuts became the reference encyclopedia for what emerged later in the decade as punk rock. But this Detroit foursome had hit Los Angeles at the turn of 1970 not to discover a new genre but to blend their loud, freaky visions with the shocking freedom coming out of the free jazz movement. From the opening, chugging romp of “Down in the Street,” the elliptical propulsion of “Loose,” the blistering chaos of “T.V.Eye,” the somber, dispirited buzz of “Dirt” through the atonal riot of “L.A. Blues,” Fun House deserves its place as one of rock’s most essential recordings.  While a six-CD complete sessions boxed set exists, the deluxe 2-CD version of the album features enough revealing outtakes (three takes of “Loose” two apiece of “Down in the Street” and “Fun House” and two unreleased tracks) to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding for the process that sculpted these tunes to perfection.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Studio albums rarely capture the raw excitement of a live band, but Fun House is one of the few that manages to exceed all expectations. Recorded live in the studio by producer Don Gallucci, Fun House features one elementary riff after another brilliantly punctuated by a singer, Iggy Pop, who whoops and hollers along in spirited defiance to all convention. These primordial cuts became the reference encyclopedia for what emerged later in the decade as punk rock. But this Detroit foursome had hit Los Angeles at the turn of 1970 not to discover a new genre but to blend their loud, freaky visions with the shocking freedom coming out of the free jazz movement. From the opening, chugging romp of “Down in the Street,” the elliptical propulsion of “Loose,” the blistering chaos of “T.V.Eye,” the somber, dispirited buzz of “Dirt” through the atonal riot of “L.A. Blues,” Fun House deserves its place as one of rock’s most essential recordings.  While a six-CD complete sessions boxed set exists, the deluxe 2-CD version of the album features enough revealing outtakes (three takes of “Loose” two apiece of “Down in the Street” and “Fun House” and two unreleased tracks) to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding for the process that sculpted these tunes to perfection.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

Driver_UFO ,

Classic doesn't even do it justice...

If you don't like this album, I don't think we can be friends.

dr_how ,

Greatest Rock Album. Period.

If I had to present one album to extraterrestrials that demonstrated the awesome power of rawk, i'd pick this one. This sounds like the greatest bar band on earth drunk out of their minds and storming through swirling molten rock jams like a manaical hurricane. Honestly you'll be sold after experiencing the amazing trilogy of the first three songs. If you like what you hear from the music store, try to get the CD version for uncompressed mayhem!

Speak ,

The Definitive American Rock Album (could only come from Detroit)

This THE definitive american rock album of all time - manic, raw, visceral, dangerous - Funhouse is simply a monolith of punk rock.The reissue is phenomenal - I'd say it's the finest reissue of all time in terms of sound - the muck has been scraped off the top, leaving the original mix and offering an even more "live" sound than previous versions. The Stooges have only one other American band as competition, and that was Guns n' Roses. This record could only come from Detroit. Essential.

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