Doubleshot Tuesday: Fun House/1999

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[Today: Music to flip your calendar by…]

Stooges | Fun House
Prince | 1999

New Year’s Eve is one of those nights when anything upbeat on the jukebox sounds great. That may be down to the festive occasion, or the fact that everyone around has plenty of booze and/or good cheer in their systems, but anecdotal evidence suggests it’s true. On Fun House, Iggy Pop certainly sounds like he’s on the prowl with a drink in his hand. He yelps and yips, growls and snarls while the band lays down one dirty, funky groove after another. “Down on the street where the faces shine/Floatin’ around I’m a real low mind” goes one couplet from ‘Down On The Street’, an epic ode to overindulgence. This album might be about a party at the edge of the world, or it might take place in a loony bin, but December 31st is one of those nights when such minor distinctions blur anyway.

1999 is the record that made Prince a star, and it plays out like a loose concept album about the world’s greatest bash. The title track is an infectious party manifesto: “I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, so sue me if I go 2 fast/But life is just a party and parties weren’t meant 2 last.” But no party with the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As would be complete without some nookie, and Prince delivers the goodies repeatedly throughout the album. With ‘DMSR’ (Dance, Music, Sex, Romance), ‘Let’s Pretend We’re Married’ ‘Little Red Corvette’ and more, this an album that sizzles and grinds like aural Spanish Fly. And in spite of thick synthesizer lines and that dated title, this still makes the perfect soundtrack for your next year end blowout…

 

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3 Responses to “Doubleshot Tuesday: Fun House/1999”

  1. esbandido Says:

    A very interesting combination of albums for this doubleshot. Strangely, it works for me. But then again, so do fruit rollups.

  2. dkpresents Says:

    Somewhere, Iggy Pop is smiling…

  3. Pale Writer Says:

    Ron Asheton, RIP

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