Just about every drummer in a punk band in the 1970s modeled their playing after the simplistic yet hard-hitting style of the Stooges' Scott Asheton. Encouraged to learn the drums by his older guitar-playing brother Ron, the duo began by playing along to records with their neighborhood friend Dave Alexander supplying the bass. But it wasn't until Ron asked former high school acquaintance Jim Osterberg to join in on vocals that the group began to gel. Taking the name the Psychedelic Stooges, the band played around the Detroit area in the late '60s, building a following with their pounding, minimalist hard rock, and honing their stage show opening for the likes of the MC5. At first Asheton played unconventional percussion, such as empty oil drums with a pair of hammers, before moving to a regular kit.