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Charlie Macon
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Yeeeehaaaa!
Mar 9th, 2012 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Iggy and the Stooges worship of late has led me to these guys. They seem to rock extremely well. I believe the guitarists' names in this are Wayne Kramer and Fred Smith. I've had 'Kick Out the Jams' on vinyl forever, but now my mind is opening up more to this glorious wide-open free rock sound.

Live Kick Out the Jams

(This message was last edited by Charlie Macon at 05:26 PM, Mar 9th, 2012)

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Mar 9th, 2012 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yup.
They was the real deal.
Just ask Lemmy.
He was the worlds biggest MC5 Fan Boy.

z
(Dee-troit borned & raised)

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Mar 9th, 2012 07:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Fred "Sonic" Smith, late husband of Patti Smith.

that's rock-n-roll

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Mar 9th, 2012 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Iggy!

live 1970

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Mar 9th, 2012 08:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wayne Kramer is still making records, and some of his new stuff is really cool.

Bad Seed

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is WRONG, baby.
Mar 9th, 2012 09:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wayne is a badazz. He's way smarter than most people that came from where he did in life.

Check it out.

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A few BIG notes!
Mar 9th, 2012 10:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I grew up in Detroit & was 18 - 21 at the time "The 5" as we called them, and then Iggy & the Stooges were playing all over. The 5 were the house band at the fabulous old Grande Ballroom & we saw them live 3 or 4 times a month. They could indeed Kick Out the Jams. What a show!
That live vid you referenced Charlie is pretty representative of their live shows. Also on YouTube from the same Wayne State U concert are great vids of them doing Ramblin' Rose (with Wayne "singing") and Looking at You. Check 'em out. Wayne had some of the coolest moves ever with a guitar in hand. Check him out just past 3:50 in Looking at You.
The 5 were also listening to a lot of free jazz stuff, courtesy of their manager John Sinclair, a hippie/beat/jazz scholar/writer/sax player and political activist (founder of the White Panther Party). Some of their "wall of noise" stuff comes out of that.

I could go on & on. Detroit was a rock hotbed in the late 60's/very early 70's. If you want to know the whole history of The 5 and the Detroit scene (Iggy & the Stooges too), check out the book aptly titled Grit, Noise & Revolution.

I've got a great story about the first time I saw Iggy & the Stooges (then unknown) at the Grande. Another thread sometime.
(edit to add- many people don't know that MC5 came about because they were the Motor City 5)


Looking at You

(This message was last edited by 9fingers at 10:18 PM, Mar 9th, 2012)

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Mar 10th, 2012 04:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Michael Davis RIP

Recent thread

Charlie Macon
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Mar 10th, 2012 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, what a thread to wake up to. Thanks for the posts and the fantastic links. I will be obsessing over learning more from this band throughout the weekend.

Wayne is on fire with that guitar. Am not sure I've ever seen more intense showboating to go so well with hellacious guitar. And very interesting interview of him.

I do have a few books related to the Stooges, and 70s "punk" rock, with clips of interaction with the MC5 guys. Will revisit. Good morning to all of you!

Charlie Macon
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Mar 10th, 2012 06:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here is what got me started on looking for them though youtube last week. A cover of James Brown's (I believe that's right) song "I Don' Mind." It's also covered by the Who, the #2 song on the 'Who Sings My Generation' album which features one of my alltime favorite Pete Townsend moments.

But the MC5 treated this beautifully. They can certainly bring it....I love the rawness....sounds like you're right there in a garage with 'em.

MC5 cover "I Don't Mind" live (1965)

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Mar 10th, 2012 06:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Check out their "Back in the USA" album if you don't have it already. Might not be as hard rocking as the earlier stuff, but there's some great stuff on it.

Tonight

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Mar 10th, 2012 07:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

...and it has one of my favorite MC5 songs

Shakin' Street

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Mar 10th, 2012 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hope it's not DOB-able, but this is my favorite:

The American Ruse

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Mar 10th, 2012 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ah yes, a great thread, glad to see folks are still keeping The 5 alive !

Charlie Macon
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Yeeeehaaaa!
Mar 12th, 2012 08:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

MC5 fans, I ran across this set of interviews this past Saturday, and knew I had to share it. There's a very interesting discussion by Wayne of the winter evening in Detroit, long ago, where he, Fred, and Rob formed their core bond over what started out as a fight. That portion of the interview starts at about 2:40.

Beginnings of the MC5

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