Kick out the jams motherfuckers !
Yeah! I, I, I, I, I'm gonna
I'm gonna kick 'em out ! Yeah !
Well i feel pretty good
And i guess that i could get crazy now baby
Cause we all got in tune
And when the dressing room got hazy now baby

I know how you want it child
Hot, quick and tight
The girls can't stand it
When you're doin'it right
Let me up on the stand
And let me kick out the jam
Yes, kick out the jams
I want to kick'em out !

Yes i'm starting to sweat
You know my shirt's all wet
What a feeling
In the sound that abounds
And resounds and rebounds off the ceiling

You gotta have it baby
You can't do without
When you get that feeling
You gotta sock'em out
Put that mike in my hand
And let me kick out the jam
Yes ! Kick out the jams
I want to kick'em out
( guitar )

So you got to give it up
You know you can't get enough Miss Mackenzie
Cause it gets in your brain
It drives you insane
With the frenzy

The wigglin guitars girl
The crash of the drums
Make you wanna keep-a-rockin'
Till the morning comes

Let me be who i am
And let me kick out the jam
Yes, kick out the jams
I done kicked em out !!!


Imagine hearing those lyrics when you were in High School and wondering where the hell those came from. They were ahead of there time then and they are so true now. I mean they were really ahead of their time. The MC5 were a band that was full of Punk, Garage, Hard and Blues Rock and Roll. They were timely and also they were also very political in their own way. They were an influence on so many bands and artists. Here are some of a few; Jeff Buckley, Rage Against the Machine, Presidents of the United States of America, Henry Rollins, Pearl Jam and so many others. My influence was hearing them on a compilation that had an odd mix of music of 1969.

This compilation had Traffic, Procol Harum, Love, Deep Purple, Yardbirds and so many others. The odd mix of music was a welcome suggestion to a young kids (such as myself) to listen to. Each artist was an opportunity to listen to more music. I joined Columbia House Record Club and I saw this as a chance to get it. So one day I decided to get the CD. I always excited to get a new CD or tape in the mail. The day I got the MC5 I was a happy to get it. The notes inside the CD were fantastic and talked about a time where the band was the reason Detroit rocked so hard.

When I used to buy from Columbia House I used to get CD's that I thought I never thought I would like in the future. I picked up Love's Forever Changes, The Who's Tommy, and so many others. I liked all this music. I remember when I got the package that included the MC5 CD I was excited. I quickly put on the CD. The energy was raw and only could have done live. I cannot imagine an album such as this done in a lifeless studio with a man behind a window asking for another take.

Going back when I got this album in the mail I was so excited to get it I remember reading in a music book how this album like a few others was going to change my life. I got a couple albums that day but this stood out and in the few CD's I bought. I remember the description Columbia House gave. It described it as an album full of raw power and wonderfully live and is an essential. That was enough for me to get and I am glad I did.

photo Leni Sinclair

When I came to school with it my Journalism and Graphic teacher grabbed me by the arm and asked me where I got that. I told him through the record club. He told me he loved that album and thought it was lost forever. He wanted to borrow it and listen to it. I did let him as long as I can take the liner notes to read in class. I went to my history class and before the class began I was deep in reading. My classmate who had horrible taste in music and I bet she still does asked me about the album and I told her it was the best thing ever and should be cranked up to eleven. She scoffed at me and told me that the I was a fool. Yea, I was a fool for listening to some great stuff and she listened to something is more then likely never heard of again.

I will tell you this, that the MC5 were great and should be remembered for a lot of influence in music. They are talked about in great music circles. If you think this is great then you will be not alone. I would strongly suggest that you check out where it all started. This is an album that refuses to be played quietly. For many years, Detroit was considered the High Energy Rock & Roll Capital of the World, and Kick Out the Jams provided all the evidence anyone might need for the city to hold onto the title. Enjoy!

Thank you Matt for the great post...

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