Down on the Street Introduction
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana): "Iggy Pop was my total idol." (source)
Mike Watt (The Minutemen): "[Iggy Pop] is timeless and eternal for me. He writes great words and does the best gigs, he makes things jump out and come alive for me. I dig it much." (source)
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth): "[The Stooges] were the perfect embodiment of what music should be." (source)
These are a few of the literally thousands of artists who cite The Stooges as a major influence on the way they play, perform, write, listen to, and think about music. "Down on the Street" is the opening song from The Stooges' most definitive album, and Iggy Pop calls it his best song ever. Read on to find out why it's such a good introduction to one of the most influential bands of all time.
About the Song
|Artist||The Stooges||Musician(s)||Dave Alexander (bass), Ron Asheton (guitar), Scott Asheton (drums), Iggy Pop (vocals)|
|Writer(s)||Dave Alexander, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, Jim Osterberg (Iggy Pop)|
|Producer(s)||Don Galucci, (former keyboard player for The Kingsmen)|
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The street, on the other hand, doesn't take you anywhere. In fact, it's a very different metaphorical setting, with darker and grittier connotations. The street is a scene of urban blight, boredom, poverty, and crime. It's the street, rather than the road, that figures so importantly in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver and T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."
"Down on the Street" by The Stooges is a song that renders this oft-used metaphor particularly dark and strange.
On the Charts"Down on the Street," from the album Fun House, didn't make a dent in the Billboard Charts when it was released in 1970, but many would argue that the endless stream of shout outs it's gotten from some of the world's most influential rock musicians more than makes up for it.
The album has also received unanimously stellar reviews from contemporary publications and critics, including Robert Christgau, Spin, Pitchfork Media, Q Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. It received a 5/5 star rating from Allmusic.com, Mojo Magazine, Punknews.org, Uncut Magazine, and more. It has been cited on a ton of "greatest albums ever" lists, including Rolling Stone's in 2003. Perhaps even more awesomely, it was named "Loudest Album Ever" by Q Magazine.