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Iggy Pop And The Stooges – From K.O. To Chaos 8 Disc Box Set (Review)

Iggy Pop And The Stooges - From K.O. To Chaos 8 Disc Box Set (Review)

If you’re a fan of Iggy Pop’s solo work or his early stuff with the now legendary Iggy And The Stooges, this 8 disc set is a must-have. Sure, you may see the song titles and say to yourself, “Oh, I already have these on the original studio albums”…but you haven’t really heard anything until you hear the “Raw Power” of these albums (no pun intended).  These early recordings of Iggy And The Stooges deliver the primal, raw, unadulterated energy that band reflected in the early days, far more than the studio albums do. While Some of this material has been released before, it’s comprised of rare live recordings and pulled from the original master tapes, so these songs finally get the release that they deserve. The set includes four albums of Iggy And The Stooges material as well as three albums of Iggy Pop solo material, including a really cool acoustic album simply called “Acoustic K.O.”.  These albums are a historic trip down the road of the beginning of punk/glam icon Iggy Pop’s career.  While there’s always some debate about who was the first to start the American Punk music scene, bands like Iggy And The Stooges, The New York Dolls, and MC5 are probably the most iconic bands to represent the genre before it actually existed.

Featuring songs from all of the first three of the Stooges albums, this is a History 101 lesson in a crucial turning point in American rock music. With over 5 hours of music on the audio discs alone, this is a great package of material that many people will be hearing for the first time. Go get this! It’s raw, it’s loud and most of all it’s a real snapshot in time of Iggy Pop and The Stooges career.

An 8-disc box set – 7 x CDs + DVD – all of the Skydog label’s Iggy and the Stooges releases. Includes the infamous ‘Metallic KO’ ‘Stooges last live show’ issued in ‘76, plus the two full source shows. Rare studio and live collections ‘We Are Not Talking About Commercial Sh!t’ and ‘Wake Up, Suckers!’. A DVD of unique Iggy ‘Acoustics KO’ performances together with a studio ‘Acoustics KO’ CD. The 2003 Stooges reunion live album ‘Telluric Chaos’ recorded in Japan. Plus, additional EP tracks. Together with a 48-page booklet and detailed notes by Iggy Pop biographer, Paul Trynka

When the riotous, confrontational ‘last ever’ Iggy & the Stooges gig Metallic KO was issued in 1976 on the French indie Skydog label, it heralded the punk movement and cemented Iggy’s position in it. Iggy’s career then took off, and a lengthy liaison between Skydog and Iggy Pop continued, with releases through and beyond the Stooges reunion 29 years later.

Here are all of the Skydog label’s Iggy releases, remastered, in a clam-shell box set containing seven CDs and a DVD – a fitting tribute to the label’s punk pioneer boss Marc Zermati, who passed away in June. Marc started Skydog in 1973, arguably Europe’s first independent rock label, and in the same year that Metallic KO was released he organised the ‘First Punk Festival’ in Mont de Marsan.

The box includes the two Metallic KO source tapes pitch-corrected, collections of rare songs, acoustic shows on DVD, a studio acoustic CD and the Stooges 2003 live reunion. Includes a 48-page booklet with notes by Paul Trynka, the Iggy Pop ‘Open Up and Bleed’ biographer and former Mojo editor, and rare and unseen photos.





Raw Power (Remastered 1976 album)
Head On (Remastered 1976 album)
Gimme Danger (Remastered 1976 album)
Rich Bitch (Remastered 1976 album)
Cock In My Pocket (Remastered 1976 album)
Iggy Talks (Remastered 1976 album)
Louie Louie (Remastered 1976 album)

Raw Power
Head On
Gimme Danger (Oct 6 1973)
Search and Destroy
Heavy Liquid (Oct 6 1973)
Open Up and Bleed

Heavy Liquid (Feb 9 1974)
I Got Nothin’
Rich Bitch
Gimme Danger (Feb 9 1974)
Cock in My Pocket
Louie Louie

The Winter of My Discontent
Batman Theme
Louie Louie / Hang On Sloopy
No Fun / Waiting for My Man
96 Tears
I’m Crying
I’m Alright
One for My Baby
Puppet World
Flesh And Blood
Family Affair
You Really Got Me
I Wanna Be Your Dog (acoustic, Barcelona ’93)
I Wanna Be Your Dog (San Diego)
I Wanna Be Your Dog (Switzerland)

I Got a Right
Gimme Some Skin
Gimme Danger
Heavy Liquid
I Got Nothing
Rock Action
Modern Guy
Run Like a Villain
Eat or Be Eaten
Woman Dream
Love Bone
Fire Engine
Warrior Tribe
Mule Skinner

Mixing The Colour
Louie Louie
I Wanna Be Your Dog
Pablo Picasso
Social Life
Highway Song
Beside You
Down On The Street
I Won’t Crap Out
I Wanna Be Your Dog
Brick By Brick
Butt Town
Planet of Dogs
Miss Argentina

Butt Town
Foolish Dreams
The Wind
Starry Night
Brick By Brick
I Am
Think Alone
LA Blues

Loose (Live)
Down on the Street (Live)
1969 (Live)
I Wanna Be Your Dog (Live)
TV Eye (Live)
Dirt (Live)
Real Cool Time (Live)
No Fun (Live)
1970 (Live)
Fun House (Live)
Skull Ring (Live)
Dead Rock Star (Live)
Little Electric Chair (Live)
Little Doll (Live)
My Idea of Fun (Live)
I Wanna Be Your Dog (Live)
Not Right (Live)

About the author

Bobby Caughron

Bobby Caughron is a music journalist and Editor-In-Chief for XS ROCK. He began a life-long fan of hard rock and metal music after hearing KISS as a kid. He is still an avid fan of the 80s metal scene and continues to discover and write about new music in all rock genres today.

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