Attack of the Killer Track! is a series that explores tracks from artists from a variety of genres. Some of the tracks were singles, some of them were obscure b-sides or long forgotten album tracks. One thing is certain – all of them are killer tracks.
Truth be told – I’ve never gotten around to seeing Iggy Pop or the reconstituted Iggy & The Stooges in a live forum. That’s a shame, with the band apparently again on ice. Fortunately, Christmas comes to Seattle in August this year by way of the Raw Power tribute band’s free show on Sunday, August 23rd from the roof of Pike Place Market. The band features Mark Arm of Mudhoney on vocals, Duff McKagan of Guns n Roses on bass, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam on guitar, and Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees on drums (side note – Duff, Mike, and Barrett are also members of a fairly new-ish Seattle group called Walking Papers, whose debut album was incredible). I’m looking forward to the concert, but it also got me thinking – what’s MY favorite song by The Stooges or the later incarnation, Iggy & The Stooges? There are contenders from the 1st three albums, but I always have to come back to the band’s debut single, I Wanna Be Your Dog. The single was released in June of 1969 and stands as arguably one of the heaviest songs of the 60’s. Heavy in a way that paved the way for bands such as The Fall and Sonic Youth (in fact, I mistook it for a song by The Fall during a memorable scene in a Guy Ritchie film for some odd reason). The repetitive guitar riff plays throughout the entirety of the song and once you’ve head it, you’ll never forget it. Sleigh bells and piano (by John Cale!) add to the mix of imminent self-destruction, an unholy atmosphere of riotous rebellion. It certainly stands as my favorite song by The Stooges, but I could easily pick out highlights from each of the band’s albums (including the 2 reunion albums). My only hope is that the Seattle musical icons that make up the Raw Power cover band find it in their hearts to play this gem – one of the greatest songs of all time.