The first and last pages of the Stooges' recording contract show that the group received a $5,000 advance. The MC5, who had put out singles, got $15,000. Before they officially signed as the Stooges (shortening it from the Psychedelic Stooges "to clean things up," according to Pop), Ron Asheton called the Three Stooges' Moe Howard to get permission to use the name. "In fact, Ron for quite a while visited [Stooge] Larry Fine, and he would bring Larry cigars and whiskey and stuff like that," Pop said. "[Moe] said, 'Yeah, [use the name] as long as you don't have a comedy group or something.'"