Originally Posted by squonk
I suppose you can be as silly as you want with it, but the fact of the matter is that Iggy started the Stooges and became a front man as a direct result of seeing Morrison and the Doors. Its well known that the Stooges were one of the "Godfathers of punk" as referred to earlier in this thread. Two thirds of this thread has been about musical influences of punk. I'm sorry this has upset your preconcieved stereotype of the Doors, but the facts are the facts.
Not being silly, just pointing out that your logic might be a bit flawed. Maybe you've watched the movie, The Fan
, too may times.
Maybe I was too obtuse in one of my earlier posts. If you Mapquest Hell, Michigan you will see it's quite close to Ann Arbor, Michigan. I live between the two, and this part Michigan has been my home off and on for over 50 years.
Iggys, aka Jim Osterberg, parents were teachers in the school systems in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. They lived in a trailer park in Ypsilanti. Jim played drums and was part of a cover band called the Iguanas in high school. He was playing drums in a band called the Prime Movers just a few weeks before the debut of the Stooges at the U of M ballroom. The Prime Movers were a Blues Band.
At this point in time, southeast Michigan was an extremely hot Rock n' Roll spot on the globe. Bob Seager, MC5, Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes, Cub Coda who would form Brownsville Station etc. and many, many more lived in a five mile radius in Ann Arbor, not to mention Motown Studios was only 40 miles away. Any given week end you could see Hendrix, Cream, Procol Harum etc. at one of the area clubs for $2-$5. The Who even played a local high school homecoming dance here.
The Stooges were just another one of the local garage bands. If you wanted to get a gig, you really had to do more than play covers and boy did the Stooges do that. Many times to the point of alienating club owners as a result of Iggy exposing himself or worse. Oh, and by the way Alice Cooper, another local boy, was doing his drag queen act in town about this same time.
Iggy may have enjoyed the Doors, but I don't think he was as obsessed about it as you are. I never saw any influence of the Doors music in any of his stuff. It wasen't like you went to see the Stooges do Jim Morrison and the Doors. If anything it was Chuck Berry/Little Richard three chord, two verse, high energy, Rock n' Roll. I mean really, don't you think the Doors stuff is a little too laid back and cerebral compared to Iggy? And I am not speaking form informed sources; internet, documentary or other wise. I am speaking from facts that I often was a participant in.
Iggy lives in Florida now and he still puts 210% + energy into his performances. I wish him and all the other Godfathers well.