The Stooges' avowed intent was to make the best bone-head rock in the world; a combination of raw power chords, howling-mad vocals, driving rhythms and anarchic soloing. These guys invented punk back in the late sixties and early seventies; their angry, vicious, visceral sounds were exactly what I was looking for as an angry (but neither a very vicious nor visceral) teenager.
Never heard The Stooges in their heyday? Try this on YouTube from 1970, and remember how things were back then - it was a different world; these guys really were breaking new ground.
Ronald Franklin Asheton never made the big money; the Stooges worldwide fame came long after they'd split - the records never sold in the quantities required to make any of the band hugely wealthy (Iggy Pop, of course, has enjoyed huge commercial success as a solo artist). Until the band's reunion in 2006/07, Ron (in the camouflage jacket above) had been known to play in bars for $15 a night, and yet every rock magazine in the business would rate him as one of the most influential axe-men ever. His obits are in major newspapers the world over.
I'd harboured hopes of finally getting to see them if they came over here again - I guess that's not to be. Cheerio, Ron, thanks for the noise, thanks for the anger, thanks for helping us sweaty, horrid teenagers through.