Tuesday, July 5, 2011

294 Kick out the Jams. Shouty rock before its time

Album: Kick out the Jams
Artist: MC5
Genre: Rock
Year: 1969


  1. Ramblin' Rose
  2. Kick Out the Jams
  3. Come Together
  4. Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)
  5. Borderline
  6. Motor City Is Burning
  7. I Want You Right Now
  8. Starship

This album contains the line "Kick out the Jams Motherfuckers". We probably all need to get over that. People needed to get over it back in 1969 when it was released but they certainly need to get over it now. It's a rude word and it was said back before everyone said rude words on their albums. We can move on because Kick out the Jams is more than just a naughty collection of letters.

Kick out the Jams' real claim to innovation is the fact that it's a live debut. Live albums weren't uncommon back in the sixties but only as a quick attempt to cash on a success or in order to capture a unique performance. Kick Out The Jams release meant the record buying public's first exposure to MC5 was in a live format. It's a brave move on the part of the record company and one that paid off. MC5 are clearly dynamite onstage- they're sound tight but not drilled, like a band that has perfected their sound through constant playing in front of an audience rather than rehearsing in an empty room. The energy level is high and the sound is wild but never collapses in on itself and becomes a total shambles.

Kick out The Jams isn't punk, it's rock played by a band with a punk attitude almost a decade before people knew what punk was. It's improvisational but leaves no room for aimless noodling. It's rock and roll and it deserves a wider listening audience. If you thought 1969 was all about the hippies then give this a spin on your turntable and revise your opinions. 

Highlight: Kick out the Jams
Lowlight: Starship

Influenced by: Politics and Sun ra
Influenced: Rage Against the Machine

Favourite Amazon Customer Review Quote: "get stoned turn off the lights put it on loud real loud
this album will take you places youve never been before \forget nugent forget the who all other live albums pale in comparison to this unbelievable montrousstinickillii its exxxxxtasssssy kfhihgrsihguhfvesuhyfdhcjhdf"
-You have to admire someone who takes their own advice while writing a review. This person was clearly typing in the dark while stoned.

So would you kick out the jams or would you rather offer the jams a nice meal and put them up for the night? Let me know below.

1 comment:

  1. Don't think I'd have discovered this album without your blog. I haven't listened to all of it yet, but from what I've heard so far it's pretty fun. Kick Out The Jams (the song) rocks!