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MC5

Background information
Origin Lincoln Park, MI
Genre(s) Protopunk
Hard rock
Heavy metal
Garage rock
Years active 19641972
2003Present
Label(s) Elektra
Rhino
Atlantic Records
Associated
acts
Destroy All Monsters
Sonic's Rendezvous Band
Former members
Rob Tyner
Wayne Kramer
Fred "Sonic" Smith
Dennis Thompson
Michael Davis
Patrick Burrows
Steve Moorhouse
Bob Gaspar

MC5 (short for Motor City Five) was a hard rock band formed in Detroit, Michigan, USA in 1964 and active until 1972. The band consisted of Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith (guitars) Michael Davis (bass), Rob Tyner (vocals), and Dennis Thompson (drums). Image File history File links Circus1. ... Lincoln Park is a city located in Wayne County, Michigan. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Protopunk is a term used to describe a number of performers who were important precursors of punk rock, or who have been cited by early punk rockers as influential. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed between 1968 and 1974. ... Garage rock is a raw form of rock and roll that enjoyed its original period of wide success in the United States and Canada, from 1963 to 1967. ... See also: 1963 in music, other events of 1964, 1965 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - Top of the Pops premieres on BBC television. ... See also: other events of 1972 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties... See also: 2003 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2003 Record labels established in 2003 other events of 2003 list of years in music 2000s in music // January - following an investigation by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and London detectives, police raids in England and the Netherlands... The present is the time that is perceived directly, not as a recollection or a speculation. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Niagara is an internationally acknowledged musician and silk screen artist who briefly collaborated with Andy Warhol. ... Sonics Rendevous Band was a rock and roll band from Detroit, Michigan in the 1970s, featuring veterans of the 1960s Detroit rock scene. ... Robin Tyner (original name Robert Derminer December 12, 1944—September 18, 1991) was lead singer for the American hard rock band MC5. ... Wayne Kramer (Born on April 30, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American guitarist. ... Fred Sonic Smith was the rhythm guitar player in proto-punk band the MC5. ... Dennis Frank Thompson (born May 12 1940 in Hamilton, Ohio) is a political scientist and professor at Harvard University ... Michael Davis MICHAEL DAVIS (Born June 5, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan) is a bass guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer. ... This article refers to the largest city of Michigan. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Government  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area  - City  143. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Wayne Kramer (Born on April 30, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American guitarist. ... Fred Sonic Smith was the rhythm guitar player in proto-punk band the MC5. ... Michael Davis MICHAEL DAVIS (Born June 5, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan) is a bass guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer. ... Robin Tyner (original name Robert Derminer December 12, 1944—September 18, 1991) was lead singer for the American hard rock band MC5. ... Dennis Frank Thompson (born May 12 1940 in Hamilton, Ohio) is a political scientist and professor at Harvard University ...


They had a promising beginning, known especially for their energetic live performances, which earned them a cover appearance on Rolling Stone magazine in 1968 even before their debut album was recorded. The MC5's career was ultimately short-lived due to personal and political tensions, and they were largely forgotten when they broke up. Within just a few years of their dissolution, however, the MC5 were often cited as one of the most important American hard rock groups of their era: their three albums are regarded as classics, and they exerted an influence on metal and especially punk rock. The widely-covered "Kick Out the Jams" is probably their best-known song. This article is about the magazine. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed between 1968 and 1974. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ...

Contents

Band History

Early years

The origins of the MC5 can be traced to the friendship between guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred Smith. Friends since their teen years, they were both fans of R&B music, blues, Chuck Berry, Dick Dale, the Ventures, and what would later be called garage rock: they adored any music with speed, energy and a rebellious attitude. Each guitarist/singer formed and led a rock group (Smith's Vibratones and Kramer's Bounty Hunters). As members of both groups left for college or straight jobs, the most committed members eventually united (under Kramer's leadership and the Headhunters name) and were popular and successful enough in and around Detroit that the musicians were able to quit their day jobs and make a living from the group. Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that typically follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Charles Edward Anderson Chuck Berry (born October 18, 1926 in St. ... This article is about the surf guitarist. ... Walk Dont Run (1960) The Ventures are a rock instrumental band formed in 1958, by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, two Seattle masonry workers. ... Garage rock is a raw form of rock and roll that enjoyed its original period of wide success in the United States and Canada, from 1963 to 1967. ...


Kramer felt they needed a manager, which led him to Rob Derminer, a few years older than the others, and deeply involved in Detroit's hipster and left-wing political scenes. Derminger originally auditioned as a bass guitarist, though they quickly realized that his talents could be better used as a lead singer: though not conventionally attractive and rather paunchy by traditional frontman standards, he nonetheless had a commanding stage presence, and a booming baritone voice that evidenced his abiding love of American soul and gospel music. Derminger renamed himself Rob Tyner (after Coltrane's pianist McCoy Tyner). Tyner also invented their new name, The MC5: it reflected their Detroit roots, was vaguely reminiscent of a sports car name (like the GTO), and echoed the Dave Clark Five, at the peak of their popularity in 1964-1965. For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Gospel music refers to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the first quarter of the twentieth century or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by predominately white Southern Gospel artists. ... Alfred McCoy Tyner (born December 11, 1938) is a jazz pianist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet. ... 1963 Jaguar E-Type, a classic sports car A sports car is an automobile designed for performance driving. ... 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible The Pontiac GTO was an automobile built by Pontiac from 1964 to 1974, and by General Motors Holden in Australia from 2003 to 2006. ... The Dave Clark Five were a British rock and roll group in the 1960s, and one of the few that were able to present a commercial threat to the Beatles, the dominant group of the period. ...


The music also reflected Smith and Kramer's increasing interest in free jazz -- the guitarists were inspired by the likes of Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra and late period John Coltrane, and tried to imitate the ecstatic sounds of the squealing, high-pitched saxophonists they adored. The MC5 even opened for a few U.S. midwest shows for Sun Ra. Kramer and Smith were also deeply inspired by Sonny Sharrock, one of the few electric guitarists working in free jazz, and they eventually developed a unique interlocking style that was like little heard before: Kramer's solos often used a heavy, irregular vibrato, while Smith's rhythms contained an uncommon explosive energy. Free jazz is a movement of jazz music developed in the 1950s and 1960s by artists such as Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, Joe Harriott, Archie Shepp, Bill Dixon and Paul Bley. ... Albert Ayler (July 13, 1936–November 1970) was an American jazz saxophonist, singer and composer. ... Archie Shepp on the cover of his album Tomorrow Will Be Another Day Archie Shepp is an American jazz saxophonist. ... Sun Ra (Born Herman Poole Blount; legal name Le Sonyr Ra [1]; born May 22, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama, died May 30, 1993 in Birmingham, Alabama) was an innovative jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, who came to be known as much for his cosmic philosophy as for... John William Coltrane (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967), nicknamed Trane, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. ... Warren Harding Sharrock (August 27, 1940 – May 25, 1994) was an American jazz guitarist. ... Vibrato is a musical effect where the pitch or frequency of a note or sound is quickly and repeatedly raised and lowered over a small distance for the duration of that note or sound. ...


Under the "guidance" of John Sinclair (who dubbed his enterprise "Trans-Love Energies" and refused to be categorized as a traditional manager), the MC5 were soon involved in left-wing politics: Sinclair was active with the White Panther Party and Fifth Estate. In their early career, the MC5 had a politically provocative stage show: they would appear onstage toting unloaded rifles, and at the climax of the performance, an unseen "sniper" would shoot down Tyner. The band members were also all using the drugs -- initially LSD and marijuana -- that would eventually contribute to their downfall. John Sinclair (born October 2, 1941 in Flint, Michigan) was a Detroit poet, one time manager of the MC5 and leader of the White Panther Party, from November 1968-July 1969. ... The White Panthers were an American political collective founded in 1968 by Lawrence (Pun) Plamondon and Leni and John Sinclair. ... Fifth Estate (FE) is a periodical published in Liberty, Tennessee and in Detroit, Michigan. ... Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly called LSD, LSD-25, or acid. ... A Cannabis sativa plant The drug cannabis, also called marijuana, is produced from parts of the cannabis plant, primarily the cured flowers and gathered trichomes of the female plant. ...


Success in Detroit

Playing almost nightly any place they could in and around Detroit, the MC5 quickly earned a reputation for their high-energy live performances and had a sizeable local following, regularly selling out to audiences of 1000 or more. Contemporary rock writer Robert Bixby stated that the sound of the MC5 was like "a catastrophic force of nature the band was barely able to control," while Don McLease notes that fans compared the aftermath of an MC5 performance to the delirious exhaustion experienced after "a street rumble or an orgy." (McLease, 57)


Their debut single was released by Trans-Love Energies in early 1968, comprised of two original songs: "Borderline" and "Looking at You." The first pressing sold out in a few weeks, and by the year's end, had gone through more pressings totaling several thousand copies.


That summer, MC5 toured the U.S. east coast, which generated an enormous response, with the group often overshadowing the more famous acts they opened up for: McLease writes notes that when opening for Big Brother and the Holding Company audiences regularly demanded multiple encores of the MC5, and at a memorable series of concerts, Cream — one of the leading hard rock groups of the era — "left the stage vanquished" by the Detroit upstarts. (McLease, 65) This same east coast tour led to the rapturous aforementioned Rolling Stone cover story that praised the MC5 with nearly evangelistic zeal, and also to an association with the radical group Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers. Big Brother and the Holding Company was a rock band formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the psychedelic music scene that also produced the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. ... Cream were a 1960s British rock band, which consisted of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. ... Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers (often referred to as simply the Motherfuckers) was an anarchist affinity group based in New York City. ...


The MC5 became the leading band in a burgeoning hard rock scene, serving as mentors to fellow South-Eastern Michigan bands The Stooges and Up, and major record labels expressed an interest in the group. As related in the notes for reissued editions of the Stooges' debut album, Danny Fields of Elektra Records came to Detroit to see the MC5. At Kramer's recommendation, he went to see the Stooges. Fields was so impressed that he ended up offering contracts to both bands in September of 1968. They were the first hard rock groups signed to the fledgling Elektra. The Stooges are an American rock band that was first active from about 1967 to 1974, and then reformed in 2003. ... Up describes the positive z-value in a gravitational field, just as down represents the negative z-value. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ...


Kick out the Jams

The MC5 earned national attention with their first album, Kick Out the Jams, recorded live on October 30 and 31, 1968 at Detroit's Grande Ballroom. A live debut was all but unheard of in 1968 (and is still rare today), but Elektra executives Jac Holtzman and Bruce Botnick recognized that the MC5 were at their best when playing for a receptive audience. The first song, a version of the R&B standard "Ramblin' Rose," featured a ragged falsetto lead vocal from Kramer before Tyner joined the group onstage. Containing such songs as the proto-punk classics "Kick Out the Jams" and "Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa", the spaced-out "Starship" (co-credited to Sun Ra because the lyrics were partly cribbed from one of Ra's poems), and an extended cover of John Lee Hooker's "Motor City is Burning" wherin Tyner praises the role of Black Panther snipers during the Detroit Insurrection of 1967. The album is generally regarded as one of the best live rock and roll records: critic Mark Deming writes that the gleefully lusty Kick "is one of the most powerfully energetic live albums ever made ... this is an album that refuses to be played quietly."[1] Kick Out the Jams was the first album by Detroit protopunkers MC5, released in 1969. ... A historic live music venue located at 8952 Grand River, in Detroit, Michigan. ... Bruce Botnick is a noted American record engineer and producer, best known for his work with The Doors, and with Love. ... Falsetto (IPA: Italian , General American , RP ) is a singing technique that produces sounds that are pitched higher than the singers normal range. ... Sun Ra (Born Herman Poole Blount; legal name Le Sonyr Ra [1]; born May 22, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama, died May 30, 1993 in Birmingham, Alabama) was an innovative jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, who came to be known as much for his cosmic philosophy as for... John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an influential American post-war blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter born in Coahoma County near Clarksdale, Mississippi. ... The riot featured on the cover of the August 4, 1967 edition of Time magazine. ...


The album caused some controversy due to the title track's rallying cry of "Kick out the jams, motherfuckers!" (edited without the band's consent to "Kick out the jams, brothers and sisters!" on later pressings of the single and LP; when released on CD) and Sinclair's inflammatory liner notes. The album was released in January, 1969; reviews were mixed, but the album was successful, quickly selling over 100,000 copies, and appearing for several weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Motherfucker (also existing in countless contracted forms e. ... Liner notes are the booklets which come inserted into the compact disc jewel case or any sound recording container. ...


The band also generated political controversy by performing before the outbreak of violent protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The group's appearance at the convention is also notable for their lengthy performance: in an interview featured in the documentary Get Up, Stand Up, Kramer reported that while many musicians were scheduled to perform at a day-long concert, only the MC5 initially appeared. The MC5 played for over eight hours straight; of the other scheduled performers, Kramer stated in Get Up, Stand Up that only Neil Young actually arrived, though due to the chaos at the convention, Young didn't perform. The 1968 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party was held at International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois, from August 26 to August 29, 1968, for the purposes of choosing the Democratic nominee for the 1968 U.S. presidential election. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, City of the Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works. Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government... Neil Percival Young[1] OM (born November 12, 1945, Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and film director. ...


According to Kramer, the MC5 of this period was politically influenced by the "intercommunalism" of Fred Hampton and the Black Panther Party.[2] Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969) was a radical African American activist and deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP). ... This article is about the American political organization. ...


"Fuck Hudsons"

When Hudson's, a Detroit-based department store, refused to stock Kick Out The Jams due to the obscenity, the MC5 responded with a full page advertisement in the Fifth Estate saying "Fuck Hudson's!" and prominently including the logo of MC5's label, Elektra Records, in the ad. The Hudsons Logo Hudsons or The J.L. Hudson Company was a major retail department store chain based in Detroit. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Government  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area  - City  143. ... The interior of a typical Macys department store. ... Fifth Estate (FE) is a periodical published in Liberty, Tennessee and in Detroit, Michigan. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ...


Hudson's pulled all Elektra records from their stores, and in the ensuing controversy, Jac Holzman, the head of Elektra, dropped the band from their contract. Uncommonly, Elektra's classical division (Nonesuch) was operated on a nearly pro bono basis due to profits generated by popular music releases, and the removal of Nonesuch records from Hudson's represented a significant loss for the corporation. Jac Holzman founded Elektra Records in 1950 and Nonesuch Records in 1964. ... Pro bono is a phrase derived from Latin meaning for the good. The complete phrase is pro bono publico, for the public good. It is used to designate legal or other professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment, as a public service. ...


The MC5 then signed with Atlantic Records. Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ...


Back in the USA

Their second album, Back in the USA, produced by future Bruce Springsteen mentor Jon Landau, virtually provided a prototype for punk rock with its short, fast, hard-edged angry guitar rock. The band sounded radically different from Kick, and McLease writes that except for Tyner's vocals, they were "barely recognizable as the same band." (McLease, 96) The second album also featured very different production from the first — the MC5 now sounded compressed and somewhat limited in their sonic palate compared to their earlier era — band members later said that Landau was overbearing and heavy-handed in production, trying to shape the group to his own liking. Back In the USA is the second album by protopunkers MC5, released in 1970. ... Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Jon Landau is an American music critic, manager, and record producer, most known for his association in all three capacities with Bruce Springsteen. ...


Reviews were again mixed, sales were mediocre (the album did not appear on the charts) and the MC5's tours were not as well-received as before. Exhaustion was partly to blame, from the band's heavy touring schedule and increasingly heavy drug use.


They had fallen out with Sinclair, as well, and were conspicuous by their absence at the December, 1971 "Free John Sinclair" rally to protest his incarceration on marijuana possession.


High Time

Their third album, High Time would also prove influential on 1970s hard rock bands like Aerosmith and Kiss. The album was poorly promoted, and sales were worse than ever, but High Time was the best-reviewed of the band's original records upon its initial release. The group had much more creative control, and were very satisfied with the results. High Time was the third album released by the protopunkers MC5; it was released in 1971. ... Aerosmith is a prominent American rock band, regarded by some as Americas Greatest Rock and Roll Band. [1][2] Although they are known as the bad boys from Boston, none of the bands members are actually from that city. ... Kiss (sometimes typeset KISS, to fit the official logo) is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1973. ...


Late career

Both Back in the USA and High Time lost money for Atlantic Records, which dropped the band.


On February 13, 1972, Michael Davis left the band (he was using heroin and was all but forced out by the others). The remaining members recorded three new songs — "Gold," "Train Music," and "Inside Out" — in London shortly afterwards for the soundtrack of a film called Gold. This would be the band's final recording session. February 13 is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Heroin ((INN) Diacetylmorphine , (BAN) diamorphine) is a semi-synthetic opioid. ...


The group limped along a while longer, eventually reduced to Kramer and Smith touring and playing with local pick-up groups, playing R&B covers as much as their original material.


The MC5 reuninted for a farewell show on New Years' Eve, 1972-73 at the Grande Ballroom. The venue that had only a few years before hosted over a thousand eager fans now had a few dozen people, and, distraught, Kramer left the stage after a few songs.


The band broke up shortly afterwards amidst drug-related problems.


Afterwards

Fred "Sonic" Smith formed a new group called Sonic's Rendezvous Band and released several albums; he later married singer Patti Smith and retired from music to raise a family, and died in 1994. Fred Sonic Smith (13 September 1949 - 4 November 1994) was the rhythm guitar player in proto-punk band the MC5. ... Sonics Rendevous Band was a rock and roll band from Detroit, Michigan in the 1970s, featuring veterans of the 1960s Detroit rock scene. ... Patricia Lee (Patti) Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American musician, singer, and poet. ...


Wayne Kramer made scattered appearances on other people's records before being incarcerated for drug offenses (in prison in Kentucky, Kramer was unexpectedly reunited with MC5 bassist Michael Davis, also behind bars on a drug charge). After his parole, Kramer worked straight jobs for several years and focused on kicking drugs; in the early 1990s, he returned to the music industry, and has released several well-received albums. Wayne Kramer (Born on April 30, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American guitarist. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Michael Davis is a philosopher of law and ethics, author, and Professor of Philosophy, currently at the Illinois Institute of Technology. ...


Tyner became a successful producer, manager and promoter in Detroit; he released the warmly-reviewed Blood Brothers in 1990, and died in 1991.


Reunion

2003 saw the three surviving members of MC5—Kramer, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson—performing as MC5 at the 100 Club in London with Fred 'Sonic' Smith's place being taken by Nicke Andersson of The Hellacopters, vocal chores being filled by David Vanian of The Damned, Lemmy of Motörhead, Ian Astbury of The Cult, and singer Kate O'Brien, as well as seeing Charles Moore and Buzzy Jones reprise their roles in the brass section from the High Time album. The 100 Club is a music venue situated at 100, Oxford Street, London W1, UK. The 100 Club has a legendary status within the history of modern British music, having played live music since 24 October 1942. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Nicke Andersson (also known as Nicke Royale) is the lead singer/guitarist of the Swedish rock n roll band The Hellacopters. ... The Hellacopters is a Swedish band formed in 1994 which plays hard fast rock. ... Dave Vanian performing live with The Damned in 2006 David Vanian (born David Letts, 12 October 1956, in Hemel Hempstead, England) is a punk rock musician famous for being the lead singer of the rock band, The Damned. ... The Damned are a punk rock/gothic rock band formed in London, England in 1976. ... Lemmy (born Ian Fraiser Kilmister on December 24, 1945, also known as Ian Willis and Lemmy Kilmister) is an English singer and bass guitarist, most famous for being the founding member of the heavy metal band Motörhead. ... Motörhead are a Grammy award-winning British heavy metal band formed in 1975 by bassist, singer and songwriter Lemmy (real name Ian Kilmister) after his ejection from the space-rock band Hawkwind. ... Ian Astpurie (born May 14, 1962, in Heswall, Cheshire) is an English rock singer and lyricist. ... The Cult are an English rock band. ...


In 2004, the band set out on an extensive world tour using the name DKT/MC5. As with the 100 Club concert, a host of special guests joined them on tour such as Mark Arm of Mudhoney, Nicke Royale of The Hellacopters, Evan Dando of The Lemonheads, Marshall Crenshaw, and others. Since February 2005, Handsome Dick Manitoba has been singing lead for the band. The 100 Club is a music venue situated at 100, Oxford Street, London W1, UK. The 100 Club has a legendary status within the history of modern British music, having played live music since 24 October 1942. ... Singer/Guitarist Mark Arm Mark Arm is the vocalist for the grunge band Mudhoney. ... Mudhoney is a grunge band, formed in Seattle in 1988. ... Nicke Andersson (also known as Nicke Royale) is the lead singer/guitarist of the Swedish rock n roll band The Hellacopters. ... The Hellacopters is a Swedish band formed in 1994 which plays hard fast rock. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Lemonheads are an alternative rock band from the United States. ... Somethings Gonna Happen 12 single sleeve (1981). ... Richard Handsome Dick Manitoba (born Richard Blum in The Bronx, New York, January 29, 1954) is an American musician, most known for his 30-year stint as lead singer of the proto-punk New York City band, The Dictators. ...


In May of 2006, bass player for DKT/MC5 Michael Davis injured his back in a motorcycle accident.


Covers and Tributes

On their 2000 album Renegades, Rage Against the Machine performed a cover of "Kick Out the Jams". The song was also covered by Jeff Buckley on the DVD Live in Chicago, as well as on the 1994 debut album by The Presidents of the United States of America, and by Blue Öyster Cult on their 1978 live album Some Enchanted Evening. A version of the song performed by Bad Brains with Henry Rollins also appeared on the soundtrack to the film, Pump Up the Volume. More recently, Monster Magnet contributed yet another version of "Kick Out the Jams" to the Varsity Blues soundtrack (it had already appeared as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of their 1998 album, Powertrip). Pearl Jam also covers the song live in concert. Rocket From the Crypt recorded an infamous cover of Gold. Renegades is the fourth and final studio album by Rage Against the Machine. ... Rage Against the Machine is a Grammy Award-winning American rock band, noted for their blend of hip hop, hard rock, punk and funk as well as their explicit revolutionary socialist philosophy and lyrics. ... Jeff Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), born Jeffrey Scott Buckley and raised as Scotty Moorhead,[1] was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Cover of Live in Chicago DVD Live in Chicago is a live DVD by Jeff Buckley, recorded on May 13, 1995 during the Mystery White Boy tour. ... The Presidents of the United States of America are a Seattle grunge pop band best known for their quirky, often nonsensical songs that defied the typical sound of most bands from the Pacific Northwest at the time. ... Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band formed in 1967 and still active in 2007. ... Some Enchanted Evening was the thirteenth non short Simpsons episode released on television. ... Bad Brains are a highly influential American all-black hardcore punk band, originally formed in Washington, D.C. in 1979. ... Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961 as Henry Lawrence Garfield[1]) is an American Grammy Award-winning alternative rock singer and songwriter, spoken word artist, book author (prose and poetry), radio and TV personality, occasional movie actor, comedian, and voice-over artist. ... Pump Up the Volume (1990) is a dramedy written and directed by Allan Moyle and starring Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis. ... Monster Magnet is an American band. ... Varsity Blues is a 1998 movie about teenage angst in the fictional town of West Canaan, Texas that is engrossed in the local high school football program, and their winning-obsessed coach Kilmer (played by Jon Voight). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Powertrip is a studio album by Monster Magnet, released on June 16, 1998. ... Pearl Jam is a Grammy Award-winning American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington. ... Rocket From the Crypt was an American rock & roll/punk rock band led by John Reis, formed in 1990 in San Diego, California and disbanded in 2005. ...


In 1999, on their album No.4, Stone Temple Pilots wrote a song entitled "MC5" in honor of the band. No. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The Norwegian Band Motorpsycho covered "Black To Comm" on their live album "Roadwork Vol.1" released in 1999. Motorpsycho Motorpsycho is a band from Trondheim in Norway. ...


In December 2003, Michael Davis entered a studio in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, to produce Swedish rock band Dollhouse's debut-album "The Rock and Soul Circus" (Released 2004 on Dim Mak Records). Michael Davis himself appears on backing vocals on the MC5 cover song "The Human Being Lawnmower".


Discography

Albums
Compilations
  • Big Bang: The Best of the MC5, 2000
Singles
  • I Can Only Give You Everything, 1967
  • One of the Guys, 1967
  • Looking at You, 1968
  • Borderline, 1968
  • Kick Out the Jams, 1969
  • Motor City is Burning, 1969
  • Tonight, 1969
  • Shakin' Street, 1970
  • The American Ruse, 1970
  • Over and Over / Sister Anne, 1971 (never officially released, only test pressings exist)

Kick Out the Jams was the first album by Detroit protopunkers MC5, released in 1969. ... Back In the USA is the second album by protopunkers MC5, released in 1970. ... High Time was the third album released by the protopunkers MC5; it was released in 1971. ...

MC5 films

  • MC5: Kick Out the Jams 1999
  • MC5*: A True Testimonial 2002

1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...

References

  • McLease, Don, The MC5's Kick Out the Jams (33 1/3); Continuum International Publishing Group, 2005; ISBN-10: 0826416608; ISBN-13: 978-0826416605

External links

  • MC5 GATEWAY - Detailed site on the MC5
  • MC5 Lyrics "provided by MC5 members"
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washingtonpost.com: The MC5, Kicking Out the Jams (1486 words)
The MC5 had been the only band to show up, and the first phalanx of motorcycle cops started pushing in on the crowd as soon as the group stopped playing in late afternoon, though the violent attack on protesters didn't explode until several hours later.
The MC5 eventually helped form the White Panthers, whose 10-point manifesto promised "a total assault on the culture by any means necessary, including rock and roll, dope, and [expletive] in the streets." This, of course, is what captured Washington's attention, though the Detroit police did the dirty work.
The bellows was the Grande Ballroom, where the MC5 became the house band and, eventually, one of the great live acts of the era, its meld of crunch, distortion, feedback and yowling vocals often surpassing the stage power of visiting acts like the Who and Jimi Hendrix.
MC5- A True Testimonial (1925 words)
After John Sinclair was in jail and the MC5 had ended their association with him, they did play benefits for various causes associated with Sinclair's legal difficulties and 'The Movement.' Through the Summer of 1969 and into 1970 the MC5 topped several bills in and around Detroit which were organized as 'Free John Sinclair' events.
Detroit's MC5 were one of the most electrifying acts to ever storm a Rock & Roll stage and their performances in the late 60's are the stuff of myth and legend.
The story of the MC5 is the last great untold story of the 1960s; it is a microcosm of the civil unrest, political revolt, and cultural upheaval that shook the country's foundation; to leave their tale untold is to leave a crucial chapter of American history unwritten.
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