Flashback: The Stooges’ Great Peanut Butter Incident of 1970

September 4th, 2009 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

The Stooges revealed to Rolling Stone yesterday that they’ll reunite early next year with Raw Power guitarist James Williamson back on lead guitar, marking the Stooges’ first concerts since the January 2009 death of guitarist Ron Asheton. While Raw Power and the Pop/Williamson 1977 collabo Kill City put Williamson’s skills in the spotlight, this week’s Flashback remembers Asheton’s incredible tenure as the Stooges lead guitarist with a 1970 performance of Funhouse’s “T.V. Eye” and “1970″ from the Cincinnati Pop Festival.

The clip is comical in the sense that a mild-mannered reporter actually narrates the Stooges’ frenetic performance, interlacing the music with drop-ins like “There goes Iggy, right into the crowd.” Another great moment comes at roughly the 3:20 mark, as after Iggy sings the line “I feel all right” after yet another leap into the crowd has him lying on the ground, a woman’s voice is picked up on the mic asking “Are you all right?” followed by the plea, “Iggy, take a picture!” But the real highlight, the legendary moment, is when Pop begins smearing something all over his body and the reporter tells the probably mortified viewers at home, “That’s peanut butter.”

Bonus Flashback: Iggy and Williamson performing “I’m Bored” from Pop’s solo album New Values on an 1979 episode of Old Grey Whistle Test.


Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily

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