“Louie Louie” by Iggy & The Stooges. This is the song Iggy would sing when he’d had enough. He’d improvise a profanity - and insult -strewn version of “Louie Louie” that might last thirty or forty minutes, just to punish the crowd. Only this time, the crowd struck back.
Metallic K.O. is quite possibly the most notorious bootleg in the history of Punk. What you’re hearing is a four -track recording of Iggy & The Stooges performing their very last concert (at least until a new version of the band started touring a few years ago). If Iggy Pop sounds particularly hostile tonight, there’s a good reason for it: During their previous Stooges show, some asshole kept throwing eggs at Iggy, who got fed up and called him out—only to find that the culprit was the biggest, meanest biker he’d ever seen.
So, Iggy got the shit beat out of him.
The band later found out that this was the biker’s initiation into a gang called The Scorpions; basically, his friends had put him up to it. So Iggy went on the radio and challenged The Scorpions to a showdown at the next Stooges concert at the Michigan Palace. Then Iggy got some biker friends of his own to hide backstage with boxes full of eggs and bottles and rotten vegetables, to fight back with. Which sounds like a great idea, until you realize that the band, including Iggy himself, would be caught in the crossfire.
You can see where this is going, can’t you?
Name one other record where you can hear beer bottles breaking against the guitar strings. Go ahead. Name one other record that ends with the lead singer knocked out cold and taken to a mental hospital. Name even one.
So this is Metallic K.O., our record of the last-ever Stooges concert.