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Lincoln Park, Detroit MI, United States (1964 – 1972, 2003 – present)

The MC5 (Motor City Five) is an American band formed in Lincoln Park, Michigan in 1964 and was active until 1972. They then reformed in 2003 and occasionally perform live. Their music also includes , , and . “Crystallizing the counterculture movement at its most volatile and threatening,” their political ties and anti-establishment lyrics and music would serve as a prototype for later and musicians. The band consisted of Wayne Kramer and Fred “Sonic” Smith (guitars) Michael Davis (bass), Rob Tyner (vocals), and Dennis Thompson (drums).

The MC5 had a promising beginning which earned them a cover appearance on Rolling Stone magazine in 1968 even before their debut album was recorded. They developed a reputation for energetic live performances, one of which was recorded as the critically acclaimed Kick Out The Jams. Their career was ultimately short-lived, though within just a few years of their dissolution, 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. Their song “Kick Out the Jams” is widely covered.

Formed: 1963, Detroit, MI, United States
Disbanded: 1972
Members: Wayne Kramer (guitar), Michael Davis (bass), Rob Tyner (vocals), Dennis Thompson (drums), Fred “Sonic” Smith (guitar)
Related Artists: Ascension, Dodge Main, Gang War, Mad for the Racket, New Race, Patti Smith, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, Was (Not Was)
Also Known As: The Motor City 5
Genres: Proto-Punk, Garage Rock, Hard Rock, Rock

1969 Kick Out the Jams , Vinyl LP Elektra EKS 74042


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