The Stooges - Funhouse
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1970 Ratings: #8 / 103
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Based on 342 ratings
1970 Ratings: #8
Liked by 8 people
July 7, 1970 / Release Date
LP / Format
Elektra / Label
Protopunk, Hard Rock / Genres
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The Stooges influential sophomore album 'Funhouse' did a lot for what would eventually become Punk music and it has its musical merits but I get held back from enjoying it in its entirety by one thing, that being Iggy Pop's vocals, I cannot stand them on some of these songs, they're so obnoxious that its actually grating to me. I'll give him credit though as he matches the fairly loud and abrasive instrumentals but with the way his vocals sound they border on being unlistenable for me. Besides ... read more
Only a year removed from their debut record, The Stooges made it clear they hadn't fatigued from their particular brand of rock music. With a much harder edge than the debut record, the confidence of the act had clearly been heightened with more experience, and the album feels like an even grander statement because of it.

The guitar tones are certainly built out of the same place, a mixture of shredding solos and straightforward riffs, but the clarity on Funhouse is far more apparent. They ... read more
{SJO 21}

Ah the Stoogies, we meet again. During the last SJO I dropped a HOT TAKE and didn't like Raw Power. Well here I'm glad to say I enjoy this quite a bit more. I'm still not really a fan of Iggy's voice but it seems to be toned down on this album for the most part, as we have some great guitar playing and some pretty good drums. And I'm fine with that. A lot of these riffs are really fun and of course technically skilled. Maybe I just needed a second listen of The Stooges to win me over, ... read more
I swear he literally just choked on weed in T.V. Eye

Overall I don't understand the acclaim to this album, it's just a standard ok classic rock album with a stoner singer (who's terrible Btw), am I supposed to like it more because it had a sax in the background for the last few tracks?
SJO4 Counter: 21

this record took a few listens to finally grow on me. on my first listen i thought it kindof sucked ass, but my second and third listens have helped me see the appeal a bit more. for their time, these tracks are loud, hardcore, and experimental as hell. i can definitely see why people consider Funhouse "Proto-Punk." it's got that abrasive and loud attitude and style that Punk would later develop more, but the songwriting and structures are more in line with classic ... read more
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Added on: March 15, 2013