Monday, May 11, 2020

Gimme Danger (Documentary)

We finally got around to seeing this 2016 documentary by Jim Jarmusch last night, since we were not willing to pay extra fees to watch it previously. Of course, I have been a Stooges fan since the band first existed (although, admittedly, I didn't hear them until they were in their final days and I never got to see them) and we had heard the raves reviews of this doc so we were anxious to get a chance to view it.

The story is familiar to any casual fan and there are few revelations within, although hearing the tales from the mouths of the original characters - Iggy, the Ashetons, Williamson, Steve Mackay, etc. - breaths a little more life into them. The main attraction is, of course, the period footage of the group in their demented'n'debauched prime, along with some related combos (nice seeing some live footage of Destroy All Monsters, for instance), and the interviews.

In keeping with the theme of the movie, there is no real talk of Iggy's solo career - of course, he has had the most consistent musical career of any of the gang - or of some of the success that people like Scott Thurston had after leaving the band. Funnily, Williamson was highly successful in the Silicon Valley after the band broke up, making him probably the most financially secure person affiliated with the Stooges.

Absolutely worth seeing due to the footage but even much of that most real fans have seen at some point or another. Still, good that the story has been told on this legendary band that influenced so many others - damn near anyone who has performed anything similar to r'n'r since then - in so many ways.