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Friday, October 31, 2014

Godfather of Punk

Today in Music History: October 31, 1967

An album titled The Weirdness and a single "Free & Freaky" might make it unsurprising for a band to have had its debut on Halloween. Of course, there is the possibility that was totally coincidental. The music is American Proto-punk, which came out of the mid-60s and mid-70s influencing punk rock. Proto-punk in itself is not a distinct musical genre


Iggy and the Stooges: the creators of punk-rock well before the genre even had a name

The leader of the Stooges, Iggy Pop (born James Newell Osterberg), has been hailed as the "Godfather of Punk". Under the leadership of Iggy, the punk-rock sound was devised and defined by the Stooges for all time. This high-energy quartet has been reviled and revered, but there’s no denying the contributions they’ve made as prototypical punk-rockers. A sound that began in the 60s remained active through the mid-70s being reformed in 2003 and still going strong today. While theirs may be a wild, weird style of music to some, The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them 78th on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

Pop as a high school senior, 1965.
Iggy Pop, October 25, 1977 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis
Pop at the UK Hop Farm Festival, July 2011

The Stooges soon gained a reputation for their wild, primitive live performances. Pop, especially, won fame for his outrageous onstage behaviour—smearing his bare chest with hamburger meat and peanut butter, cutting himself with shards of glass, and flashing his genitalia to the audience. Pop is also sometimes credited with the invention or popularization of stage diving. Source: en.wikipedia.com
1967 Iggy and the Stooges made their live debut when they played at a Halloween party in Michigan.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...