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Gimme Danger: The Story Of The Stooges OST

Review Gimme DangerSadly Gimme Danger, Jim Jarmusch’s acclaimed documentary  about Iggy Pop’s seminal proto-punks, has yet to be released here on DVD and Blu-ray, but in the meantime the soundtrack will tide us over nicely.

Leaving aside the somewhat incongruous inclusion of Ramblin’ Rose from kindred spirits MC5, Gimme Danger provides a fine introduction to The Stooges, blending classic tracks – I Wanna Be Your Dog, 1969, Loose, Down On The Street – from their first three studio albums, plus a smattering of (relative) rarities. There are few missing faves –TV Eye from Fun House (1970), Search & Destroy from Raw Power (1973) – and nothing from their 21st Century incarnations, but the inclusion of out-takes such as Asthma Attack (recorded during the 1969 sessions for The Stooges) and Lost In The Future (Fun House) will be appreciated by those who couldn't afford to splash out on the deluxe reissues. There’s also a brace of fun pre-Stooges tracks from Iggy – the garage thrash of The Iguanas’ Again and Again, and The Prime Movers’ take on the Muddy Waters classic I’m A Man, which offer fascinating early insights into the incendiary raw power that is the Ig. Now, let’s get a hurry on for the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film itself…

Gimme Danger: The Story Of The Stooges (Rhino/Warner) is available now on CD at JB Hi-Fi; the vinyl edition is out on April 7.

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