Finally, The Stooges Gain Entry Into Rock Hall of Fame


Mike Householder
Associated Press


Iggy Pop was starting to feel like the Susan Lucci of rock 'n' roll.

Just as the veteran soap actress believed she might never win a Daytime Emmy, the godfather of punk was certain his groundbreaking band The Stooges wouldn't ever earn a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Well, as it turns out, Lucci got her gold statue on the 19th try. And Iggy and the boys finally are getting their shot to search and destroy at Monday's induction ceremony, on their eighth attempt.

"At least I won't be nominated anymore," Pop said, laughing.

He believed The Stooges never would get into the Rock Hall "right up until the day before somebody called me."

"I kept telling the guys over and over: 'We're not gonna get in, guys.' Yeah. I was absolutely sure of that," Pop said in an interview.

It's hard to say exactly what turned the tide in voter sentiment, but Pop points to three possibilities: the band's long streak of Rock Hall futility, the January 2009 death of founding member Ron Asheton and ... Madonna.
The Stooges honored their fellow Michigan native by performing rocking versions of two of her hits - "Burning Up" and "Ray of Light" - on the night of the 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Pop says the gig helped provide some much-needed exposure for a band that wasn't really heard from for 30 years - the result of numerous band breakups and lineup changes that current members blame on drugs and fights over money.

"I thought, 'Well, some of the people there will see that we don't have horns. We're not gonna breathe fire on the tables or anything,"' he said. "I knew the thing would be televised, and 15 to 20 percent of the viewers wouldn't be able to differentiate. If they see you on TV, they'll think you've been inducted anyway."

Whatever the reason, the guys will be on stage at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, but this time they'll be performing their own tunes.

They selected "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "Search and Destroy," two songs Stooges guitarist James Williamson says are "the most representative" of the band's work.

The latter was on the 1973 album "Raw Power," which rates No. 125 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The magazine called it a "proto-punk-rock classic" that featured a certain "hellbent ferocity."

Fans love and critics appreciate "Search and Destroy" for its searing guitar riff and signature Iggy Pop lyrics. It kicks off with the singer's guttural snarl: "I'm a street-walkin' cheetah with a heart full of napalm."

The song also served as the soundtrack for a Nike ad that memorably featured athletes bleeding and vomiting during competition. The song more recently popped up in an episode of ABC's "Lost" - it was blasted through a record player while a distraught Sawyer (Josh Holloway) drowned his sorrows following the death of his girlfriend.

Pop, whose solo effort "Lust For Life" also has enjoyed a second life in movies and commercials, sees the usage as an alternate means of exposing people to the music.

"(The Stooges) didn't get the radio airplay," he said. "We were shut out of the goodies of the industry."

When he hears "Search and Destroy" and other songs from the "Raw Power" era, Pop says the music doesn't sound dated to him.

"Every usage again and again I notice that, and I also notice that the stuff always sounds kind of rippin'," he said of the album, which is being re-released next month.

After that comes a host of European dates for the band, which currently consists of Williamson (guitar), Ron Asheton's brother, Scott "Rock Action" Asheton (drums), and former Minutemen member Mike Watt (bass).
Back on lead vocals is the inimitable Pop, who Williamson says simply is "one of the best there ever was."
"The thing that Iggy did that was all his own was to confront the audience - not just act out on stage like a Mick Jagger does or something like that - but Iggy got in your face," the guitarist said. "He got out in the audience and was right there with you. And nobody else had ever done that before. He was fearless about that."

Williamson remembers one show in which Pop egged on the wrong guy - a biker - and got punched in the face.

"I think that was a turning point for the band," Williamson said. "That was pretty much the beginning of the end."

Pop went on to a successful solo career, the Ashetons joined other bands and Williamson spent the past 30 years in the business world.

But Ron Asheton's death and the Rock Hall induction have brought them back together, more than 40 years since they exploded out of Ann Arbor, Mich., with a unique, primal sound that paved the way for the punk, grunge and garage rock movements that sprang up in their wake.

Pop says he and Williamson have been kicking around song ideas, and he's also looking over some demos the Asheton brothers recorded prior to Ron's death.

"We're just kind of seeing where that goes - whether we'll sneak out a single on the Internet or an EP or try to make a whole album. We're not sure," Pop said.

Before all of that gets going, though, the guys will be introduced by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and enter the Rock Hall alongside fellow inductees ABBA, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff and The Hollies.
"I am the world's forgotten boy," Pop screeches in "Search and Destroy."

Not anymore.

52nd Annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade

3/14/2010 2:00 pm.
Parade assembles at 1:00 pm on 6th Street and Michigan Ave.  Starting promptly at 2:00 pm.  The Parade, which includes marching and pipe & drum bands, color guard units, floats, clowns, novelty groups and marching units, moves West on Michigan Ave., passes the reviewing stand and disperses at 14th Street, approximately 2 hours later.



3/14/2010 11:30 am
Kids Run and Noon 5km Walk/Run. Registration at Roosevelt Park – Old Central Depot, Michigan and Vernor. Out and back course along parade route. New: All participants receive commemorative technical fabric shirt.

Click here for the race map
Pewabic Pottery is hosting its 107th birthday celebration on Saturday, March 13. Birthday cake and refreshments will be served throughout the event which is free and open to the public.

During the festivities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can tour the historic facilities. Hourly tours will be given from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where visitors can view tile pressing and wheel throwing demonstrations. Visitors will also be eligible for hourly door prizes.

As part of the celebration, Pewabic Pottery is honoring the achievements of artist and Pewabic founder Mary Chase Perry Stratton, with “A Journey of the Pioneering Spirit,” a new permanent exhibit highlighting her life.

“A Journey of the Pioneering Spirit” provides a special opportunity to discover and celebrate Stratton’s contribution to Michigan history. Exhibit highlights include: Awakening a Passion – The Early Artistic Environment of Mary Chase Perry Stratton; China Painting – The Craze Sweeps the Country; Achieving Artistic Influence – The Studio Pottery Movement; and Painting with Fire – The Art of Glaze Chemistry.

An important figure in Detroit’s artistic and cultural life, Stratton was a founding member of the Detroit Arts & Crafts Society and later served as a trustee of what is now the Detroit Institute of Arts. She established the ceramics department at the University of Michigan, taught students in Wayne State University’s ceramics program and was given honorary degrees from both schools in recognition of her accomplishments. In 1947, she received the coveted Charles Fergus Binns Medal, the nation’s highest award in the field of ceramics. Stratton was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1986.

Pewabic Pottery is a non-profit arts and cultural organization and National Historic Landmark dedicated to ceramic education and advancing contemporary ceramic arts while honoring Arts & Crafts ideals.

To learn more about Pewabic Pottery call (313) 822-0954 or visit www.pewabic.org. Pewabic Pottery can be found at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit across the street from Waterworks Park.
The Salvation Army Warren Corps Community Center is currently accepting applications for its 14th Annual Dress an Angel Program for residents of southern Macomb County, including Warren, Roseville, Eastpointe and additional areas. Applications will be accepted now through March 11.
 
The Dress an Angel Program provides children age 11 or younger with a new Easter outfit. The clothes are distributed on April 2 and each child is able to choose a dress, skirt or pant outfit. They also receive socks, underwear, t-shirts, bras, belts, tights and other items.
 
This program is reserved for families with children. Children whose parents meet income requirements will shop for a brand new Easter outfit with the assistance of a volunteer. Applicants must bring a picture ID for all household adults, birth certificates for household children and proof of household income and expenses.
 
Families in need of assistance should contact The Salvation Army’s Warren Corps Community Center located on 24140 Mound Rd. at (586) 754-7400.
 
For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at www.salmich.org.
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