“When I started playing guitar, one of the first things my guitar teacher taught me was to use a Rat pedal and to listen the MC5. So I was listening to the MC5 and somebody told me, ‘Dude, if you think that’s gnarly, check out The Stooges!’
“It was really cool to hear that first song, Down On The Street. It’s super-noisy and urgent. Ron Ashton, God rest his soul, man. I love messy, proficient guitar players, guys who sound like they just woke up and they’re still in their clothes from the night before. They grab their guitar, they’re kind of pissed, and they’re like, ‘OK, dammit, I gotta do this!’ That’s how Ron sounds to me. He just gets down to it.
“He’s loud as fuck, but he's still bluesy, and he also plays some difficult stuff, if that’s what turns you on. He’s just a big ball of punk-rock energy, and he's making it up all right there. Some guys color outside the lines; Ron wasn’t even coloring in the book.”