The Stooges: Version ’07′s distinction from its earlier incarnation is best illustrated with this line from the band’s profile in this weekend’s NY Times:

While recording, Iggy swam laps in the hotel pool every day before going to work at noon. During the recording of ?Fun House? in 1970, by comparison, he dropped acid before each day?s session.

LSD-lessness aside, The Stooges heart and spirit is much the same. In fact, you could probably paraphrase their band motto (if they had one) as “Keep it stupid, stupid.” From the NYT article’s discussion of Minuteman Mike Watt’s joining the band for this record:

Before they all headed into the studio, Mr. Watt flew to Florida to go over the new songs, and Iggy gave him a lesson about finding his ?inner stupidity.?

… Mr. Watt has a strong melodic style on the bass, but Iggy leaned on him to play with a pick instead of his fingers, and to stay with the backbone of the song, even if it meant sounding as dumb, he explained, as the guy singing the bass notes in a doo-wop group. ?Play the content,? Iggy urged. ?As soon as one of us isn?t playing that, we don?t have a song.?

So we have here the first listen of “Free And Freaky,” from the forthcoming The Weirdness. Think it attains inner stupidity? Remember, that’s a compliment.

The Stooges – “Free And Freaky” (Real | ASX)

And in case you missed it, first single “My Idea Of Fun” is still streaming on StoogesSpace.

The Weirdness is out 3/6 on Virgin.

Comments (11)
  1. Louie  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2007 0

    Sounds like a sitcom theme song. A bad one.
    “The cheese is stinky.” hahahha.
    Wait…Did he say “Obama”?

    Really, I liked it when I could just say I love the Stooges, but I’m gonna gonna have to say “I love their old stuff.” Icky.

  2. there’s a funny video on spinner of the cast of ‘point break live’ rating the

  3. rating the stooges new song ‘my idea of fun’. sorry, it got cut off.

  4. Stephen  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2007 0

    Damn, kind of a let down. Actually, a big let down. I think they dumbed it down a little too much. It sounds too…nice, I guess is the word. It’s to be expected I suppose. I guess Jack White never showed up, huh?

  5. kjm  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2007 0

    having heard all of the new album a couple times, i can tell you that it is completely, and totally aw….


    just embarrassingly bad

    the duet w/ Sum 41 was better

  6. matt  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2007 0

    that is all kinds of horrible.

  7. Asx or Real Audio? What if someone actually wanted to listen to it?

  8. My idea of fun was pretty good but what the fuck is this? It sounds like a fucking Green Day song from 1991. I don’t get how they can call this a Stooges track.

  9. Matthew  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2007 0

    Mark B.? Media Player Classic. Get it. Use it. Make Real Audio and ASX your friend again.

    And Matt? Green Day from 1991 was better than this song. I liked “Idea of Fun,” but this one is just fucking unappealing. It’s boring, generic, weak all around. Hopefully, the majority of the album channels the vibe of “Idea of Fun.”

  10. Matthew:

    I use Linux, as I’m sure a lot of people around here do. Give me an mp3, a stream, really anything but this! Thanks for the advice though.


  11. wha happened?  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2007 0

    Idea of Fun was painfully bad. This song sounds fucking brilliant when placed up against that steaming pile. Still pretty bad, though.

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