Gimme danger, little stranger
and I'll give you a piece
gimme danger, little stranger
and I'll feel your disease
there's nothing in my dreams
Just some ugly memories
kiss me like the ocean breeze
Now if you will be my lover
I will shiver insane
but if you can be my master
I will do anything
there's nothing left to life
but a pair glassy eyes
raze my feelings one more time
from “Gimme Danger”
A Few Notes on The Stooges
The Stooges are considered to be a major influence on the nascent punk movement. They consisted of Ron and Scott Asheton on guitar and drums, blank on bass and Iggy Stooge (later Iggy Pop) as their iconic front man.
The Stooges music was raw and concerned with issues which had meaning to disaffected youth. Fewer than a half dozen years had passed between “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles and “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by the Stooges yet their sound was completely different from nearly everything else on the radio. The Stooges are a prime example of how rock and roll tries to resist growing up by returning to its roots.
Both the Stooges and the MC5 had problems with drugs and the law which, along with uncomplicated, youth centered music, would set an enduring precedent for punk rock.
One other band which should be mentioned in reference to creating the punk mentality is The Kinks. In the mid-1960s, The Kinks were making music which had an aggressive sound which appealed to youth in general and the Mod subculture specifically.
The Stooges' albums didn’t sell very well and they were loathed by critics. However, two teenagers from
The Ramones had a simple formula: never use more than three chords in a song and play each song so fast that people won’t have time to realize they don’t like it.
Tommy Ramone: “What happened, though, was that because we were playing so fast, the three-minute songs became one-and-a-half-minute songs.”
They began by playing at CBGB’s on