Frank MacKay: When James Williamson was enjoying a quiet career in technology in Silicon Valley, his colleagues had no idea he was a very influential rock guitarist who played in The Stooges with Iggy Pop. Matter of fact, Williamson co-wrote the entire classic 1973 “Raw Power” album with Iggy, as well as The Stooges’ comeback album, 2013’s “Ready To Die.” With many fascinating tales to share, James is my guest on today’s “Breaking It Down” at 2pm on LI News Radio, 103.9-FM or online at the link below. When James Williamson was enjoying a quiet career in technology in Silicon Valley, his colleagues had no idea he was a very influential rock guitarist who played in The Stooges with Iggy Pop. Matter of fact, Williamson co-wrote the entire classic 1973 “Raw Power” album with Iggy, as well as The Stooges’ comeback album, 2013’s “Ready To Die.” With many fascinating tales to share, James is my guest on today’s (March 18 2015) “Breaking It Down” at 2pm on LI News Radio, 103.9-FM or online at the link below.
The Re-Licked Project, “Til’ the End of the Night" (featuring Alison Mosshart) and as seen on NBC's Last Call With Carson Daly February 25th 2015.
The Re-Licked Project, “Open Up and Bleed" (Featuring Carolyn Wonderland) as seen on NBC's Last Call With Carson Daly February 4th 2015.
James Williamson performed to a packed Bootleg Theater on Friday night with a number of guest vocalists including Jello Biafra, Joe Cardamone of The Icarus Line, Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Lisa Kekaula, Ron Young, Carolyn Wonderland, Shea Roberts, Frank Meyer, Jesse Malin and others in celebration of the recently released full length Re-Licked. Cheetah Chrome and Richmond Sluts opened the show. See 67 pic slideshow here. All photos by Timothy Norris.
Rolling Stone Premiere: James Williamson 'Re-Licked' Entire Album Stream
THE STOOGES' GUITAR LEGEND JAMES WILLIAMSON FEATURED ON NPR'S WORLD CAFE WITH DAVID DYE ! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
WILLIAMSON'S NEW SOLO ALBUM "RE-LICKED" OUT THIS WEDNESDAY ON VINYL, CD & DIGITAL! MORE HERE
OUT MAGAZINE PREMIERES JAMES WILLIAMSON'S NEWLY RECORDED TRACK "C**K IN MY POCKET" WITH THE DICKS' GARY FLOYD! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN [NSFW]
THE STOOGES' GUITAR LEGEND'S NEW SOLO ALBUM "RE-LICKED" OUT OCTOBER 29TH ON VINYL, CD & DIGITAL!
ALONG WITH THE LIVE TOURING VERSION OF THE STOOGES, JAMES IS JOINED ON "RE-LICKED" BY A NUMBER OF GREAT GUEST VOCALISTS RE-INTERPRETING LESSER-KNOWN STOOGES RARITIES
While on a break from touring this year, the members of the live touring version of The Stooges (James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt & drummer Toby Dammit) got together and recorded songs that were originally penned by Iggy Pop and James Williamson in 1973/74 as the follow-up to their quintessential album Raw Power. While a number of these tracks have found their way onto inferior-sounding bootlegs and unofficial releases over the years, they were never properly recorded since the band didn’t have a record deal at the time.
Williamson always wanted to revisit these songs and has done so with a powerhouse lineup of musicians and singers who don’t disappoint on his forthcoming solo album entitled Re-Licked.
The vinyl & CD versions of this album will also feature a deluxe package including an in-depth 24-page booklet with liner notes & photos, as well as a fascinating ‘making-of’ Re-Licked documentary on DVD, giving the viewer a fly-on-the-wall experience of being in the studio with all of these great musicians. The mp3 version of the album will also include this deluxe package in digital format.
Re-Licked will be available worldwide Oct. 29, 2014 on CD, vinyl & digital formats worldwide via Leopard Lady Records.
RE-LICKED TRACK LISTING
01. Head On The Curve (w/ Jello Biafra)
02. Open Up And Bleed (w/ Carolyn Wonderland)
03. Scene Of The Crime (w/ Bobby Gillespie from
04. She Creatures Of The Hollywood Hills (w/ Ariel Pink)
05. Til The End Of The Night (w/ Alison Mosshart from
The Kills, Dead Weather)
06. I Gotta Right (w/ Lisa Kekaula from The BellRays)
07. Pinpoint Eyes (w/ Joe Cardamone from
The Icarus Line)
08. Wild Love (w/ Mark Lanegan & Alison Mosshart)
09. Rubber Leg (w/ Ron Young from Little Caesar)
10. I’m Sick Of You (w/ Mario Cuomo from The Orwells)
11. Gimme Some Skin (w/ Caroline Wonderland)
12. C*ck In My Pocket (w/ Nicke Andersson from
13. Heavy Liquid (w/ Lisa Kekaula)
14. Wet My Bed (w/ The Richmond Sluts)
15. C**k In My Pocket (w/ Gary Floyd from The Dicks)
16. Rubber Leg (w/ J.G. Thirlwell aka Clint Ruin, Foetus)
HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE ALREADY SAYING ABOUT RE-LICKED:
"An avalanche of raw riffs… and Williamson playing white-knuckled leads like he absolutely refuses to let the Stooges’ music go gentle into that good night." - PREMIER GUITAR
“Unsurprisingly brilliant.” - NME
"'I Gotta Right,' the second single from Re-Licked, is a manic, guitar-blazing rocker featuring belter Lisa Kekaula of The Bellrays." - USA TODAY
"… hard-charging, fast-paced punk" - EXCLAIM!
"... a karmic correction" - Author/journalist HARVEY KUBERNIK
“James Williamson is on a mission. Revitalized after a reunion with The Stooges and further stoked by interest in his career he has been working hard on keeping The Stooges beating heart alive. Iggy may be having a break from this thing called rock and roll but James is having none of it. The results... a new album of re-recorded songs from the catalogue of Iggy Pop and James Williamson. Songs that never made it into the studio, some known from live shows, some not. Re-Licked is kicking itself out of the garage with an intent to seek and destroy all naysayers, and along for the ride are some very special guest stars.” – ARTROCKER
“... gruff and propulsive” - CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“Properly recorded and no longer mired in sub-bootleg mire, the songs do indeed shine through.” - BUCKETFULL OF BRAINS
James Williamson (standing) and Iggy Pop (not standing) circa 1973, when the majority of the tracks for Re-Licked were originally penned by the two
(photo credit: (C) 1973 HEATHER HARRIS)
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Premiere: Stooges' 'I Gotta Right' by James Williamson
Guitarist/producer James Williamson, best known for his frenetic fretwork with Iggy Pop and The Stooges, will release solo album Re-Licked in the fall. Meanwhile, he's serving up I Gotta Right, a manic, guitar-blazing rocker featuring belter Lisa Kekaula of The Bellrays.
The song, penned by Pop circa 1970, will be released July 29 as a seven-inch vinyl and digital single, backed by Heavy Liquid, which Williamson wrote with Pop in 1973. It can be pre-ordered here.
James Williamson opens up The Stooges vault for Record Store Day
(04/15/14) - "For us, it's kinda like doin' some victory laps, really, at the end of the game. But we're havin' a good time with it."
The Stooges rocker James Williamson resurrects lost album
City Slang: Listen to James Williamson’s Gimme Some Skin
MESSAGE FROM JAMES WILLIAMSON:
To all my friends.
Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts around the passing of our friend and bandmate Scott Asheton last night. My only comfort is that he reached out to me in an email about a week or two ago saying that he was thinking of me and the good times we had together and that he would like to make some music with me. I responded but he never got back to me again. I guess that was his way of saying goodbye for now….
Anyway, my heart goes out to his immediate family Liz, Leanna Raquel Asheton and Kathleen Asheton. He was one of the good guys and a friend of mine.
Here is the New York Times obit
SXSW Panel: From Riffs to Bits
THE STOOGES' GUITAR LEGEND JAMES WILLIAMSON ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW EXCLUSIVE RECORD STORE DAY VINYL SINGLE "OPEN UP AND BLEED"/"GIMME SOME SKIN" ON APRIL 19TH!
THESE TWO NEW TAKES OF EARLY STOOGES' TRACKS FEATURE THE LIVE TOURING VERSION OF THE STOOGES & VOCALS FROM TEXAS BLUES SINGER & GUITARIST CAROLYN WONDERLAND
THIS LIMITED SINGLE IS AN EARLY TASTE OF JAMES WILLIAMSON'S FORTHCOMING "RE-LICKED" STUDIO ALBUM, WHERE HE'LL BE JOINED BY STEVE MACKAY, MIKE WATT & TOBY DAMMIT OF THE LIVE TOURING VERSION OF THE STOOGES & WILL FEATURE A NUMBER OF GREAT GUEST VOCALISTS RE-INTERPRETING LESSER-KNOWSTOOGES GEMSN S
Friday, March 14 2014
James Williamson of Iggy & The Stooges to be in Cal Poly Pomona Engineering Hall of Fame read more here from the Inland Vallry Daily Bulletin
Buzz Osborne Added as a SXSW Music Speaker
Raw Power: James Williamson of The Stooges this week on ‘The Pharmacy'
SXSW: From Riffs to Bits: James Williamson and Buzz Osborne
Follow the rock-to-tech-to-rock journey of American composer, guitarist, producer and electronics engineer, James Williamson. Trace his roots as a young Detroit musician to lead guitarist for the seminal protopunk band The Stooges. Discover how he made the transition to become a top technology evangelist for AMD, Sony Corporation and IEEE. We'll discuss the band's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and his current tour with Iggy and The Stooges promoting the new album “Ready to Die.” Probe into Williamson’s punk past, musings on the present and perspective on the future of music and technology. Part of the IEEE Technology for Humanity Series. it will be moderated by Jack Boulware and James will be joined by Buzz from the Melvins, who will participate in the James Williamson "Love Fest"
Iggy And The Stooges - Live in Sydney
Iggy Pop: James Williamson is a 'brutal' guitarist
Iggy Pop describes James Williamson as a ''brutal'' guitarist.
The Stooges frontman notices distinctive differences between his bandmate's instrumental skills compared to original guitar player RON ASHETON, who passed away in 2009, and feels there is more ''control'' in James' performances - unlike the late rocker's ''intuitive'' approach.
He said: ''With early Stooges, half of Ron's contribution was intuitive in that he just let the guitar and the amp talk in the spirit of [Brison] Gysin and [William] Burroughs' cut-ups.
''He was a volume player, but didn't control it like Blue Cheer or Ted Nugent. He found some beautiful places to go. James was a very controlled, brutal player
''Later in life, Ron became a terrific live player, because he never stopped playing, but he also became a lot more like everybody else.
''Williamson had 37 years off so he still has a lot to say - and he's articulate about what he wants to do. My contribution to this record is mostly in melodies.''
The band have recently released their new album 'Ready To Die' and the final song on the record, titled 'The Departed', makes references to their journey over the years as well as reminiscing about former members they have lost.
Iggy, 67, added to Mojo magazine: ''[It wasn't written] so much Ron as for a group of people. In Ann Arbor and Detroit in the late 60s, early 70s, some of us were more 'us' than others, with some dying a little on the young side.
''This was the first new piece James sent me after we started touring as Iggy & The Stooges again, and it was a giant pain-in-the-ass bitch m**********r epic to do! It started out as an instrumental, just James on dobro, and he called it 'Ron's Tune'.
''I didn't wanna write a personal song, so it's more like, 'The party's over,' or, 'It's getting late'.''
Iggy and the Stooges live on the Colbert Report April 29, 2013
from the archives...
American Way's September 15th issue article "Punk Rock Exec" tracks James
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The Stooges are inducted into The Rock Hall of Fame
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Rock Hall, 'Raw Power' To Start New Three-Year Stooges Cycle
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