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Rock Hall Anniversary: The Stooges’ Debut Album

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Iggy Pop and The Stooges perform live on stage during the first day of Hard Rock Calling, at Hyde Park on July 13, 2012 in London, England.
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It wasn’t one of the biggest albums of 1969, but it would go on to be one of the albums released that year to have a huge impact in the world of hard rock.

It was August of that year, the Stooges released their self-titled debut. The album was produced by Velvet Underground instrumentalist John Cale, and featured the singles “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and “1969. Other key tracks included “No Fun”, “Not Right”, and “We Will Fall”. Considered ahead of its time, the Stooges’ debut album would not become a huge hit upon release, as it would peak at number 106 on the Billboard charts, However, the album went on to have a huge influence on hard rock and punk in the coming years after its release.

The album’s lead single “I Wanna Be Your Dog” has been heavily covered by various bands including Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Nirvana, Patti Smith, and David Bowie. It was also featured in films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and biopics The Runaways and Sid and Nancy. Also receiving covers from other artists were tracks “No Fun” (covers includes those from the Black Keys and the Sex Pistols) and “Not Right” (including Sonic Youth).

As one of the most acclaimed albums in music history, the Stooges’ debut album ranked at number #185 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of all Time, while including “1969” on their list of 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. It would also make the list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2005 and 2010, the albums were reissued to feature alternate mixes of tracks, as well as bonus ones.