Rare Performances: The Stooges Perform "Search and Destroy" Live

Monday, March 25: 2:30 p.m.
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Iggy Pop performs live during the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

The original Stooges seemed to push rock and roll as far as it could go before they flamed out in 1970. However, in 1973, with encouragement from David Bowie, Iggy Stooge returned, though he now called himself Iggy Pop. His reconstituted Stooges rocked with even more abandon. On the aptly named 1973 Raw Power album, the Stooges achieved an incendiary sound that was thrilling and dangerous. "The Stooges define a moment in rock and roll history. They symbolize the destruction of flower power and they introduce us to raw power," said Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, when he inducted the group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. "When I think of the sound of war, chaos and demolition; sex, sensuality, poetry and brutal truth, I think of the Stooges. It's the sound of blood and guts, sex and drugs, heart and soul, love and hate, poetry and peanut butter."

"Search and Destroy" was among the album's standout tracks. On the brash recording, Iggy's distorted vocals carried lyrics that spoke for Vietnam vets, disenfranchised youth and anyone else who felt left out in 1973. The music bubbled with urgency, with James Williamson's revved up guitar licks and the brother bass-and-drum attack of Ron Asheton and drummer Scott Asheton, respectively, providing the straight-ahead, pummeling backbone. Iggy was a few years ahead of the zeitgeist, but songs like "Search And Destroy" laid the dynamite and set the fuse. (pictured, left: Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Music of the Midwest exhibit, where this pair of gloves worn by Iggy Pop during the Stooges' Raw Power period circa 1973 is among the featured pieces.)

At the 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, a visibly moved Iggy Pop remarked: "I think it was Fitzgerald who said there are no second acts in American life. This particular group of friends has had the good fortune of having a lovely, lovely second act." Also accepting were guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott Asheton. Original Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton and bassist Dave Alexander were posthumously inducted. 

At the 2010 Induction Cermeony, the Stooges – with Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, James Williamson, bassist Mike Watt and saxaphonist Steve Mackay – performed "Search and Destroy" live, illustrating the group's undeniable charisma 40 years after the release of Raw Power.


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