Wednesday, January 7, 2009

R.I.P. Ron Asheton 1948-2009

Try as hard as they might, the craptastic collective of Kid Rock, the Lions and the automotive bailout will never be able to crush the soul of Detroit. At least not as long as the legendary, raw, take no bullshit guitar work of Ron Asheton lives on.

Playing guitar and bass on the the first three Stooges albums, Asheton's crunchy, blue collar axework lent as much to the mystique of Iggy Pop as a hundred stages littered in broken glass ever could.

After the Stooges, Asheton played in a variety of different settings and bands most notably in Destroy All Monsters with sex kitten, Detroit artist Niagara.

This is my favorite Stooges song, "Penetration" from Raw Power, and while the song is largely dominated by the spooky keyboard riff, Asheton's bass work provides necessary balance.

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