Dec 29, 2020

Iggy and The Stooges - "From KO To Chaos" Box Set

Category: CD/Video Reviews



“From KO to Chaos”

Box Set

This 8 disc (7 cd, 1 dvd) set captures all of the Skydog released Iggy and The Stooges releases in one shiny, silver box set and for the punk rock purists this is an absolute must have!

Iggy and The Stooges broke up in 1976 and reunited in 2003; this box set captures the power, passion, and fury that is/was Iggy and The Stooges.  Here’s a break down of each disc in this box set:

“Open Up And Bleed” - This is the very last Iggy and the Stooges show or so it was billed…the liner notes state that it was compiled from shows in October 1973 & February 1974.  The audio sounds amazing considering it’s 100% live with no overdubs, no edits, and in essence this is the best document to what an Iggy and the Stooges live show was like for those of us who were too young to experience it.  The first 3 tracks are from October 6, 1973 and the last 4 are from the February 9, 1974 show.  

“Metallica 2x KO” - This disc captures the entire Detroit October 6, 1973 with corrected tape speed.  This show is an amazing testament to the power that the Stooges possessed.  The sloppy musicianship, grimy vocals, and raunchy rants teleport the listener back to when life was simple and punk rock was dangerous.  Opening with “Raw Power” this set kicks butt in a major way! 

“Metallica ‘KO” - This set captures the entire February 9, 1974 show with corrected tape speed.  By this point the band featured a piano player and he added another element to the band which watered down the punk rock essence on many levels and added a “Rolling Stones-ish” sound.  It’s hard to believe that The Stooges performed their final 70’s show with a set that didn’t include “Search and Destroy” and “Raw Power”.

“We Are Not Talking About Commercial Shit” - This random hodge podge of live tracks, studio stuff, and oddities offer an insight into Iggy post The Stooges where he survived by staying on the road; This was one of Iggy’s most dangerous era’s in his career because he was uncontrollable and no one knew what to expect when he took the stage.  Guitarist Rob Duprey adds hard rock elements to Iggy’s sound and his playing is tighter than Asheton’s.  “Batman Theme” is an interesting surprise and “No Fun” bleeds into a cover of Lou Reed’s “Waiting For My Man”. Iggy’s backing bands vary on this record.  On some tracks he has Blondie drummer Clem Burke and on others he has Sex Pistol’s Glen Matlock (bass) and Steve Jones (guitar) backing him.  This compilation is an odd, off the wall, at times slightly weird documentation of Iggy and the 3 bonus tracks that close this disc off are different live versions of “I Wanna Be Your Dog”.

“Wake Up Suckers” - is an oddball 15 track disc which features an early version of “I Got A Right” from 1972 alongside random live tracks from 72, 74, 77, 82, 85, and 91.  The highlight of this record are the last 3 songs which were shelved for years.  The songs are produced by late The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek in 1983 and “Fire Engine” was co-written by Ministry main man Al Jourgensen.  The 3 Ocasek produced songs have an 80’s sound to them and at times are reminiscent of Billy Idol.

“Acoustics KO - DVD” - this is the only DVD in the box set and features 2 rare Iggy shows.  The “Barcelona 1993 show is Iggy solo/unplugged and at one point during the performance Iggy breaks a guitar string during “Louie Louie” yet continues the show as if nothing is wrong; Iggy performs the rest of the set without replacing the broken string.  The Paris 1990 show is Iggy solo/electric and Iggy bashes the hell out of his Gibson SG while performing “American Caesar” era songs alongside classics like “1969” and “I Wanna Be Your Dog”.  The bonus/extra footage is rather short and to the point.

“Acoustics KO - CD” - If I’m being honest with you, this is the only disc in the set that felt like it was over kill.  This disc features acoustic versions of post Stooges material and is a tad boring at times when compared to the power that's on other discs in this set.  

“Telluric Chaos” - Recorded on March 22, 2004 this disc features a reunited Stooges with surviving members Iggy, Scott Asheton on drums and Ron Asheton on guitar alongside bassist Mike Watt and Steven Mackay on Sax.  This show features all of The Stooges classics minus “Raw Power” and “Search and Destroy” which were replaced in favor of more recent Iggy solo material off “Skull Ring”.  

All in all this is a killer compilation that wraps up the entire “Metallic ‘KO” era from start to finish.  Whether you are a die hard Iggy fan or just a casual listener you will enjoy this set because it displays the true chaos warts and all that is/was Iggy Pop and The Stooges.  Punk rock was never about polished radio rock, modern day punk bands were never as dangerous, raw, or real like Iggy and The Stooges!

Author: Bob Suehs