When I was younger, we moved so much that when I finally got to Michigan, I said when I was 14, [miming a pouty teen] 'I'm never moving again!' Though I did live in California for six years when Main Man Management took the Stooges to LA being here was like being in the backwater rather than being close to the action when you're young and stupid!
SFBG How do you feel about The Weirdness?
RA When I listen to it, I can't just listen to it once I really do, it's true! I listen to it twice, and I picture people in the summertime, riding in the cars or sitting by the campfire on the beach or having a backyard party.
It was really fun to do it differently than in the past, where with the first record, we had one week. I never heard the record till it was actually in the stores. The second, Fun House I heard the acetate shortly before it was released, and that only took two weeks. This one took three weeks, and I got to be one of the producers.
SFBG Why weren't you able to listen to The Stooges before it came out?
RA That's the way record companies dealt with things. It was just taken out of our hands after we were done "You kids are dismissed! Leave the room!" The producer [John Cale] and the owner [Jac Holzman] of the record company took the record, and they got a new toy! "Yeah, I paid for it! I can do whatever I want with it!" So it was very smart of Iggy to want to have control of the new record.
SFBG The Stooges always wrote songs based from the start on your guitar riffs. How did you develop the songs this time?
RA We did it on this also. The only difference now was it was concentrated going down to Florida and me walking in the building, plugging in my guitar, and starting to play. Iggy lurking about same thing. Coming up with things just off the top of my head, and Iggy saying, "Hey, I like that!"
SFBG How would you describe the Stooges' dynamic, writing and playing together?
RA I think part of it is we actually grew up together. Being teenagers and deciding to get a band house and getting that first summer sublet and finally getting kicked out of there and moving on and getting another place, that common bond of doing everything together. We literally ate dinner together, went out, cruised the town, went to parties, knowing we were part of the birth of that ugly baby the Stooges! *
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