I was in middle school when I started finding my own music. I heard "I Wanna Be Sedated" when my dad was driving me to school and I fell in love with The Ramones and their cool brand of bubblegum punk. That was the gateway. Soon after that I got into The Stooges, a very different kind of punk beast. I found a copy of Raw Power with legendary frontman Iggy Pop on the cover, shirtless, lean and intense. I gave it a listen. My mind was blown.
While it was The Ramones that introduced me to punk, The Stooges were the first band I heard that really captured the intensity and ferocity that punk is capable of under the best of circumstances. And man oh man, The Stooges are the best of circumstances. They used garage rock, bluesy riffs and brilliantly lethargic lyrics to create the blueprint for punk rock that would inspire everyone from Nirvana to The White Stripes to The Dead Kennedys and, yes, even my beloved Ramones.
The three songs in this pack are an amazing representation of what The Stooges were capable of, lyrically as well as sonically. All three tracks, "1969", "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "No Fun", are featured on the band’s debut album, one of those brilliant albums that convinces you that it was created in some kind of time warp because you absolutely cannot believe that this band was making this music 40 years ago. They were light years ahead of their time, and they set the standard for what was punk when bands first started catching on five years later. Thick buzzing guitar riffs, handclaps galore, lazy drawls that turn into snarls and howls… it’s powerful stuff, even after all this time.
I fully expect to see people playing these songs at Rock Band parties shirtless, smeared in peanut butter, walking out into crowds cutting themselves up with broken glass. It’s the way Iggy would want to see these songs performed. Add to that "New Dark Ages" & "No Control" from the socially aware and intelligently verbose Bad Religion and you’ve got a banner week for punk rock DLC!
These tracks will be available July 20 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. Tracks will be $1.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and $2.00 on Wii. The Stooges tracks will also be available as a pack, The Stooges Pack 01, on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $5.49.
To discuss this DLC, visit the official discussion thread in the Rock Band forums.