In the early 70s, James Williamson joined The Stooges and went on to record several albums with Iggy Pop and the boys, including the justifiably legendary Raw Power. In recent years, various versions of The Stooges have reunited for a couple of albums and a couple of tours. I’m nowhere near enough of a Stooges aficionado to know how the new millennium version stacks up with the old school incarnation, but now, Williamson has given us a combination of the old and the new.
Re-Licked, a collection of unrecorded and lesser known Stooges songs from their original 70s heyday, utilising a range of guest vocalists and musicians, including Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Mike Watt (The Minutemen) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees). So, with that origin of the songs, and those names attached as collaborators, Williamson is setting expectations pretty high. Can Re-Licked live up to them? (more…)