JIM JARMUSCH’S latest film is the astonishing Gimme Danger, an in depth look into the history of the Stooges, one of the most influential bands of all time.
The film is mainly comprised of modern interviews with the surviving members, old footage of the band in their prime and little sketches that fill in the details.
The scenes in which we see the band as they are currently talking about the old days are really quite interesting. Each band member seems to look back fondly, either still retaining the original views they had then, and managing to find some sort of comedy in it.
— Gimme Danger (@GimmeDangerMov) November 24, 2016
The film starts with Iggy in his school band, The Iguanas, who then moves onto the Stooges, and for the duration focuses and the three essential Stooges albums; The Stooges, Funhouse and Raw Power.
As it goes through these years many other famous characters come up and the bands history with artists like Nico and Bowie are revealed, all of which makes for a really interesting documentary.
It captures the sheer madness of the band throughout the years, showing Iggy creating the stage dive (“I wanted to do that thing kids do when they want attention, so they just fall”) and smashing one of his teeth out in the process, and the ridiculous drug intake of the band, who originally called themselves The Psychedelic Stooges based on their LSD intake.
— Gimme Danger (@GimmeDangerMov) November 20, 2016
It was a band truly living life on the edge, playing for not much money and tearing apart each venue they landed in.
Iggy’s song writing process is explained here as well, explaining how the he’s ‘not Bob Dylan’ and tried to make each song 25 words or less, and how the band got their name through, The Psychedelic Stooges, which turned into the stooges after they were asked if it could be shortened to that (‘Sure, as long as you never call us the Three Stooges!’)
At points throughout are also these small moments of tender tributes to all the bands fallen members, which in a way round up the film, leading it from funny to bizarre to heart-breaking. This film is something that any Stooges fan should see, or even just fans of music in general.
By James Tichborne