Essential Albums

  • Kick Out the Jams

Artist Playlists

  • MC5 Essentials
  • MC5: Influences
  • Inspired by MC5
  • MC5: Deep Cuts

About MC5

Alongside their Detroit-area brethren the Stooges, MC5 essentially laid the foundations for the emergence of punk; deafeningly loud and uncompromisingly intense, their revolutionary sloganeering and anti-establishment outrage crystallizing the counterculture movement at its most volatile and threatening. The band barreled furiously through a brief initial run before disintegrating by the early '70s, leaving behind a legacy of controversy and three electrifying albums that would set the course for punk, hard rock, and all stripes of heavy music that followed. As classic MC5 material like 1969's bombastic live set Kick Out the Jams was discovered by new generations of listeners and artists alike, various reunion tours and re-formations ensued. In 2022, a new version of the band was preparing both a tour and a new recording, which would be the first album of all-new studio material from the MC5 in over 50 years.

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