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Stooges Announce New Album, ‘Ready to Die’

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Is Iggy Pop finally ‘Ready to Die?’ That’s the name of the new album from proto-punk legends the Stooges, who are following up their dismally received 2007 studio effort ‘The Weirdness.’ Joining Pop in the Stooges for the first time since 1973′s ‘Raw Power’ album is guitarist/producer James Williamson, who reconnected with the band after guitarist Ron Asheton died in 2009. Bassist Mike Watt and drummer Scott Asheton (Ron’s brother) round out the lineup.

“It’s raw. They’re great songs, but not necessarily big choruses. They’re the anti-christ of anthems,” longtime Stooges collaborator Ed Cherney, who mixed ‘Ready to Die,’ tells HitFix. “[Pop's lyrics are] very timely. He knows what he wants to say. He’s watching the world around him.”

A release date for the album has yet to be announced, but the band has finished recording, and the titles of two songs have been revealed: ‘I Got a Job But It Don’t Pay S—’ and ‘Gun.’ Let’s hope ‘Ready to Die’ gets a better reception than ’The Weirdness,’ which, despite being the Stooges’ first studio album in more than three decades, was flogged with near-universal bad reviews.

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