40 Years: 76-77

Metallic K.O.

25 SEPT. 1976. In UK record stores this very day – on import from France – was Metallic KO by Iggy and the Stooges. Compiled from concert tapes recorded in 1973 and ‘74, including part of the Stooges final ever performance – 09 February 1974 – in Detroit.

09-25-1976-Metallic-KO-01With the sudden upsurge in punk in London that summer, 1976, there were a number of emerging bands playing in a style that could be traced back to the likes the Stooges, but none of them had yet made or released any records. As a result, Metallic KO would be ‘the first Stooges album released into a world that was ready for it’ (according to Iggy biographer, Paul Trynka).

As a side-note, Metallic KO was released on Skydog Records, a label run by a Parisian named Marc Zermati, who – according to Savage – was part of a collection of garage rock aficionados that would refer to themselves as ‘punks’ as early as 1973. McLaren met him in ’73 after he followed the NY Dolls to Paris.


By John Scanlan

John Scanlan is the Series Editor of Reverb with Reaktion Books.