Today is a sad day in the vast landscape of rock and roll music. We lost two pioneers just this weekend, Gary Burger of the Monks and Scott Asheton of The Stooges. Fun House by The Stooges is easily one of my favorite albums of all time. These wild Detroit kids upped the ante of previous garage rockers with criminally seminal releases before destroying themselves with drugs and decadence. The only group that previously had as much blinding power was most likely The Sonics. People say The Stooges invented punk rock but honestly, who cares? They molded the future with their in-your-face brash and crass attitude piled over louder than life rhythms, all set to a backdrop of the head-nodding pounds of Scott on drums. You will be missed but not forgotten. Legends never truly die.
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