The Stooges’ Legendary Punk Drummer Scott Asheton Passes Away at 64
Scott Asheton, the legendary drummer for the Detroit punk band the Stooges, passed away on Sunday at the age of 64. Scott and his guitarist brother Ron formed the backbone of the Stooges’ influential style that helped bridge the gap from the psychedelia of the 1960s to the punk movement of the 1970s. Ron died in 2009, and singer Iggy Pop is now the last surviving member of the band’s original line-up.
The Stooges’ self-titled first album, released in 1969, is often cited as being the very first punk record. Scott Asheton’s pounding but simple drum style behind Ron Asheton’s distinctive fuzzed-out guitar provided the foundation for Pop’s unique voice and bizarre performance techniques. Musicians including David Bowie, the Ramones, and Nirvana have all said the Stooges were a huge influence on their work.
“Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me,” Iggy Pop said in a statement on his Facebook page.
Asheton was active in music outside the Stooges as well. After the Stooges’ initial breakup in 1974 caused by Pop’s drug use as well as other factors, Asheton went on to play in other Detroit-based groups Sonic’s Rendezvous Band and Scots Pirates with close friend Scott Morgan, formerly of the Rationals.