"We practiced from midnight to six, just like that great Pretty Things song "Midnight to Six", and then we made the record Raw Power"
- Ron Asheton
In the annals of primitive six-string genius , few can compare to the Stooges' Ron Asheton, who used fuzz, wah-wah and distortion to create sonic poetry before he'd even mastered the technology. The evidence is there on 1969's The Stooges (Elektra), to many the ground zero of punk. His playing on songs like "Little Doll", "Not Right", and "I Wanna Be Your Doll" suggests that Asheton was learning his instrument as he went along (which he more or less was). That feeling of untutored discovery juices the music with an excitement that's still palpable more than a quarter of a century later."C"mon, Ron -- tell "em how I feel", Iggy exhorts the guitarist during "No Fun", and Asheton answers him with a flailing solo that perfectly captures the sullen angst and inarticulate rage at the heart of the Stooges music. The track fades out with Iggy praising
Asheton's work: "Yeah--my man!" And a man for the ages .
And I might add that this praise all came before the Deluxe Edition of The Stooges came out. I've listened to a lot of Deluxe Edition CD's over the years and I don't think any enhances a work more than Electra's Deluxe Edition of the first LP of the Stooges does. On the extended tracks Ron demonstates that he can be every bit as raunchy and in-your-face as James Williamson can. And this was 1969!!