MC5, also commonly called The MC5, is an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1963. The original band line-up consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson. MC5 was listed by VH1 as one of the most important American hard rock groups of their era. Their three albums are regarded by many as classics, and their song "Kick Out the Jams" is widely covered.

"Crystallizing the counterculture movement at its most volatile and threatening", according to AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the MC5's leftist political ties and anti-establishment lyrics and music positioned them as emerging innovators of the punk movement in the United States. Their loud, energetic style of back-to-basics rock and roll included elements of garage rock, hard rock, blues rock, and psychedelic rock.

MC5 had a promising beginning that earned them a January 1969 cover appearance in Rolling Stone and a story written by Eric Ehrmann before their debut album was released. They developed a reputation for energetic and polemical live performances, one of which was recorded as their 1969 debut album Kick Out the Jams before the original lineup disbanded in 1972.

Vocalist Tyner died of a heart attack in late 1991 at the age of 46 and was followed by Fred Smith, who also died of a heart attack, in 1994 at the age of 46. The remaining three members of the band reformed in 2003 with The Dictators' singer Handsome Dick Manitoba as its new vocalist, and this reformed line-up occasionally performed live over the next nine years until Davis died of liver failure in 2012 at the age of 68.


March 9, 2022

MC5 announce first album in over 50 years and US tour dates

The record will feature a host of guest artists including Tom Morello and Kesha The post MC5 announce first album in over 50 years and US tour dates appeared first on NME.

March 9, 2022

MC5 Announce First New Album in 51 Years and U.S. Tour

Wayne Kramer has shared a preview of “Heavy Lifting,” a Tom Morello–featuring single, ahead of an album of new songs

March 9, 2022

MC5 to Kick Out the New Jams on Upcoming Tour, First Album in Over 50 Years

Punk pioneers worked with Tom Morello, Kesha, and more on their first LP since 1971

February 2, 2022

MC5’s Wayne Kramer on Sixth Rock Hall Nomination – And Spotify’s Joe Rogan Mess

"I'm not surprised that the music business wouldn't recognize the band. But, y'know, enough's enough."

February 2, 2022

Eminem, Beck, A Tribe Called Quest, Dolly Parton Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame 2022

Dolly Parton, Rage Against the Machine, Kate Bush, Devo, Fela Kuti, MC5, Judas Priest, Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie, and more are also on this year’s longlist


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Black to Comm

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Live 1969/70

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High Time

January 1, 1971

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Back In The USA

January 1, 1970

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Kick Out The Jams (Live)

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