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Kick Out The Jams (Live)

MC5

1969

Kick Out The Jams (Live)

Album Summary

Kick Out the Jams is the debut album by American proto-punk band MC5. It was released in February 1969, through Elektra Records. It was recorded live at Detroit's Grande Ballroom over two nights, Devil's Night and Halloween, 1968. The LP peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard 200 chart, with the title track peaking at No. 82 in the Hot 100. Although the album received an unfavorable review in Rolling Stone magazine upon its release, it has gone on to be considered an important forerunner to punk rock music, and was ranked number 294 in both 2003 and 2012 editions of Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" lists, and at number 349 in a 2020 revised list.

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Rating

2.9

Votes

3758

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Oh, boy, I'm gonna get in trouble for this one. This album is considered by many as holy writ, and MC5 has a reputation as a forerunner of punk, and for good reason. MC5 has two cards to play: raw aggression and high energy. The singers can't sing, the guitarist can't play, the music is as basic as can be, and they still can't execute it worth a damn. These guys make The Stooges look like effete music snobs that attended Julliard. Hard pass. 0/5

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“Kick Out the Jams” (Live) by MC5 (1969) Ok, folks, listen up. If you’re from southeastern Michigan (or otherwise sentient) and think you ‘get’ the cultural revolution of the 1960s without knowing this album or group, you are undereducated. This is an important album. There are eight tracks, which can be summarized as: Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, Revolution, Sex, and Fantasy. Sex is the vehicle; Revolution is the substance; Fantasy is the prognosis. Focus on the substance. In “Motor City Is Burning”: “Ya know, the Motor City is burning people There ain't a thing that white society can do Ma home town burning down to the ground Worser than Vietnam Let me tell you how it started now ... It started on 12th and Clairmount that morning It made the beat cops all jump and shout Ah said, it started on 12th and Clairmount that morning It made the pigs in the street freak out The fire wagons kept comin', baby But the Black Panther snipers wouldn't let them put it out Well, there were fire bombs bursting all around Ya know there were soldiers standing everywhere I said there was fire bombs bursting all around me Ya know there was National Guard everywhere Ah can hear my people screaming Sirens fill the air, fill the air, fill the air Ah said, the Motor City is burning, people I ain't hanging round to fight it out Ah said, the Motor City is burning, people Just not hang around to fight it out Well, I'm taking my wife and my people and they're on TV Fireman's on the street, people all around Now, I guess it's true I'd just like to strike a match for freedom myself I may be a white boy, but I can be bad, too Yes, it's true now, yes, it's true now Let it all burn! Let it all burn! Come on baby! Come on baby!” A frank recognition here of the understated strategy: the way to ‘let it burn’ is to shoot the firemen. This music inspired me as a teenager. Nixon, however, was not pleased. 5/5

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Powerful primal proto punk. Feels like the band is literally on fire, screaming in the bowels of hell. All live albums should be like this.

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Lame rock n roll messiness. I'm sure it's inspirational to heaps of early punks and blah blah blah, but 2/5.

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I remember music snobs in college loving this and not getting it. Still don't get it. Kind of sounds like shit.

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5

Fucking awesome

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5

This album ROCKS. It's kind of amazing that it's from 1969, as it wouldn't be out of place ten years later at the onset of punk. Similar feelings about the Stooges album that we listened to recently. I hadn't had a listen in a while and it was great to get reacquainted.

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Testify! Kick Out The Jams is one of the best debut albums and one of the best live albums of all time. This and the Stooges debut are the birth of punk. I can not describe how much I love this album. I'd the name MC5 for years seeing the name dropped by so many bands. Pre internet it was nearly impossible to track this stuff down. Hearing the Bad Brains version of Kick Out The Jams while watching Pump Up The Volume finally put the music to the name and got the reverence for the band straight away. I don't think I listened to this album in whole until I went out and bought it finding out I was to design the poster for a special show by MC5/DTK. I have never been so excited by designing anything as much as that poster.

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Je n'ai pas eu la moindre nouvelle de mon camarade d'écoute robtheillère depuis plusieurs semaines. Si vous avez quelconque information à partager, merci de me contacter sous le review du prochain album de Stevie Wonder. Merci d'avance.

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5

I WANNA SEE SOME REVOLUTION

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5

One of the all-time great live records. Definitely a favorite of mine.

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5

Great album

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5

chaotic, rebellious energy, motherfuckers!

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So much fun

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5

A good case can be made that punk has its origins in the late 1960s garage rock scene in Detroit which includes the Stooges and MC5. MC5 is what you get when people with counterculture sympathetic beliefs get angry and aggressive. The music is messy, distorted, and frenetic. Along with the purposefully provocative lyrics and stage show, MC5 is clearly a herald of the nascent punk scene

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5

I'd heard this before, thanks to The KLF and Primal Scream. It really is phenomenal, lightning in a jar energy. Wish I'd been there, dude.

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5

Great performance, great songs!

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5

Fantastic album one of the best live albums of all time - Raw true insperaters love this album

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5

First time listening to MC5, and Iv had this on repeat all day. This is one of the best live albums Iv ever heard. Brilliant and can see the influence this band had on punk music that was to follow. The mix of blues and garage rock and the raw aggression and high energy makes it a five star album in my book.

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5

Let's be honest with ourselves, live albums are a bit shit, that's just a fact. Capturing the magic of a great band live is nigh on impossible. So if this truth is held to be self evident and Kick Out The Jams is this good, MC5 must have been an absolute force of nature to see live in person. This is everything that is good about rock n' roll - heavy, high energy, raw, intelligent, super cool, sleazy, punky, bluesy - all the good adjectives. So effortlessly iconic that they have the dubious honour of having their logo worn by teenager influencers who wouldn't know a white panther if it jumped up and bit a hole in their $100 t-shirt. KICK OUT THE JAMS MOTHER FUCKER!!!

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KICK OUT THE JAMS MOTHERFUCKERS PREFS: TOUT MOINS PREF: RIEN

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5

Holy fuck. Let me repeat that just in case you didn't catch it the first time. HOLY FUCK. The energy emanating from this album could power all the homes in Detroit for a year. It's rare that a band's debut album is a live album, but I can see why in this case. It's hard to overstate the power of this album and its importance in the history of rock n' roll. Gotta give it up to my motor city homeboys the MC5. 5 stars.

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5

Find me another punk band who can play seven quality songs and then record the absolute insanity of Starship; Won't be easy. The solos leave something to be desired. That about sums it up: This was an energizing listen, stands up against the intervening decades of music, and still sounds like it's coming from the bottom of a dirty bucket. What more can a guy ask for?

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Noisy world changing rock n roll

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MC5 kicks ass.

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Without having a background info, I really didn't enjoy this or the band. But after reading about the importance of the band and some of their songs, I can see why it was included in the 1001. MC5 was one of the first punk bands ever, being around in the 60s. They were also extremely influential in counter culture and provided an outlet for some of the things that were happening in the US at the time, especially Detroit. I need to go listen to their later album to see how their sound changed over their short run

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That first track is very RCE. I love it. Honestly this whole thing makes me miss live shows, I can't wait for their return. First 3 songs are very nice. The following songs aren't as good except for Motor City is Burning and Starship is.. I'm not sure, pretty indulgent but of 1969 probably way more novel. I think I like proto-punk. This could come out this year and I'd believe it.

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Punk clearly originated in Detroit with the MC5 & The Stooges. Not usually a huge fan of live albums but I think it works well here to capture their raw energy. Quite soulful to boot which most of the punk that came later lacked (except The Clash). Disappointed Spotify has the edited version of the song "Kick out the Jams" here on this album - go listen to the real deal with the proper intro on one of the many compilations in their discography. It's only a matter of seconds but it makes a huge difference.

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4

Wicked strong vibes. Really raw and powerful. .

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It's easy to understand, listening to this, how they became influential in a short amount of time. Their sound is exciting, electric, captivating. My only previous exposure to this was RATM's cover of Kick Out the Jams, but I think I might be a new fan.

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Rockero, enérgico, muy vital

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Omdat het MC5 is, maar live-albums vind ik nooit leuk om naar te luisteren

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Dit is duidelijk een punk-album. 1 clipje op YT start zelf met de woorden 'the most dangerous band in America' . Muzikaal niet echt een hoogvlieger, maar wel van genoten

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4

My sort of music. Good and rocky.

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Decent, OG punk but with Jimmy Hendrix vibes. 4/5.

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4

Raucous.

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4

Füllt echt eine musikhistorische Lücke!

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Mir vollends neu, aber schönes Album!

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4

The sound of Detroit setting fire to the 60's and kicking the door open for punk to eventually rip up what became of the 70s. Takes balls for your debut album to be a live recording but it captures the incendiary nature of MC5 more than any studio would. And right now...Right now.....Right now its time to...

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4

Live albums are fun. I like rock like this. I'm not good at reviews but I'm thankful for the project.

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4

Powerful and raw live performance. I enjoyed it.

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4

Great live rock album

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4

Wow is this ahead of it's time. No wonder it's such a big influence

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4

Kick out the jams is all you need to know about this record. Incendiary sloppiness that was a building block for punk rock that came a few years later. Messy greatness

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4

Kick out the jams mother fu———

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4

хороший альбом

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Would never have guessed this was from the 60's. I liked it

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4

Honestly, this is just a fun album. It's innovative in certain ways, of its time in others, but it seems like this would have been a fucking awesome concert to go to. Just constant wailing guitars and rock 'n roll yelling 4/5

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4

Cool album. Wasn't familiar with this band but will probably listen to them again.

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4

This live album is indeed a grotesque riot of musical cruelty and primitivism, but also an impressive example of destructive power and music of the heart. After that you will understand why modern punk rock is nothing more than a fashion statement. (8/10) FT: Kick Out The Jams , Come Together

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4

Bit more my speed. Decent album, nothing really stands out though, kinda jammy. My favorites were Dreamer and Asylum, and tge sax man going HAM on Crime of the Century. Probably won’t be in my regular rotation though.

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Helen Mirren in a thong gyrating up against Usain Bolt. The waiter cries "that's not how you tie a bow tie". Paul McCartney eats a large cream cake with his hands and laughs.

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Had tried years ago to get into this one when this was cited as one of the main influences on punk into grunge era bands. Liked the vibes and energy more than I liked most of the songs. Do appreciate what it did for popular rock over the next 50 years tho.

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4

Raw and powerful. Really getting the excitement pumping from minute one. Roots of punk, roots of metal. Just excellent stuff. And Detroit natives to boot!

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MC5, very important yadda yadda

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This record is very very good. But A 5? Ehhh. I absolutely love The Stooges and the MC5 is right up their alley, but for this album it just seems too loose to be the “masterpiece” that it’s been considered by music snobs and slobs everywhere. It’s good I’d say, but not great. Heavily influential as all hell, but I’m gonna have to side with the 1968 Democratic National Convention on this one and label the MC5 as not exactly my thing

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4

Makes me want to quite my job and start a garage band

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Rugged rock!

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4

Fun listen. Didn't know of MC5 before. I'm seeing that this is considered a precursor to punk and I can totally see that. Loved the anger and passion (and, of course, the jams) that are so apparent here.

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It's time to kick out the jams motherfuckers!!

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1969 was a great year for Elektra Records and the rumblings of punk rock in a state largely known at that point for Motown. With one record, MC5 grabbed the collars of every and any prude that stood in front of them and shook their foundations with only five words: words that everyone knows by heart but is unfortunately edited out here. It's not all woeful here, though, as the rest of the music contained here is flat out incendiary in its approach to rock and roll and bits of jazz; one could see and hear where they would end up in a year's time. MC5 were a rock and roll band at heart, they just so happened to provide the blueprint for one of the more consequential genres of music to come. Kick out the jams, motherfuckers! Favorites: Ramblin' Rose, Kick Out the Jams, Come Together, Rocket Reducer No. 62, Motor City is Burning.

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It's MC5. I can't say anything bad

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Unstoppable energy, scrappy jumpy live album. Good fun.

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Damn! This is Rage before Rage. Fuckin' love it!

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When I was 15 or so,a friend tried to get me into this album and but I didn't enjoy it. But now, I'm not sure why... This was pretty good, except the last song

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Några sköna låtar. Proto punk och säkert skitcoolt när albumet släpptes i slutet på 60-talet. Men det står sig svagt mot t.ex Stooges.

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First punk record? Definitely at least proto-punk here. Very good, top-to-bottom, with lots of raw energy throughout. Not something I would probably listen to a whole bunch, but enjoyable. Spotify edits out the famous opening for some reason.

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It's on the list for its importance in defining punk and for defying censors, but when you listen to it, it's kind of just a pretty good live album. I put the title track on my playlist, but beyond that, I doubt I'll think of this album again. Best track: Kick Out The Jams

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+

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The title track’s a total banger, but past that? Eh.

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2.9

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A fun garage/punk band that has RATM vibes. Will listen to again

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Best wel lekker album met veel gitaarsolos

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3

quite chill, nothing really stood out but good vibes throughout 3.5

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j some really good not particularly unique classic noisy rock !

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Another roots of punk

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Pretty heavy 60's jams

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3

This was okay.

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Nice gig, still not getting this live albums being included on the list

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Inicios del punk.

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Was aite. Bit noisy for 9am

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Nice drive.

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Cool album, just thought i'd like it more

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A blistering, frenetic cacophony of energy and excitement. What a live experience this would have been. Really enjoyed and will revisit

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The best thing about this album is the energy. Kick Out The Jams itself is a classic garage punk track which stands out but for the most part it melds into a haze of fuzz and feedback and impressively for a live album it captures the essence of a great show.

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3

Some nice loud punk rock

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3

The electric protopunk live album rocks. EPIC

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3

Great start, this is more my speed. 3of5

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Not a punk fan 3/5

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very noisy, very screamy, was fun to read about the bands this band inspired. certainly fun loud punk.

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Has some pretty incredible energy, but it's not something I see myself reaching for very often.

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It's raw. It'll push you to start a garage band and scream into your mic. The first two tracks are amazing. And after that it's constant jamming. That being said, I felt it's main appeal was it's massive influence to garage rock and proto-punk. I felt it was one of the weaker punk albums I've listened to. Although I'd love to rock to the later songs, they were largely forgettable, and with each song's long length, if you're not in the right mood, it reduces to nothing more than noise rock. Overall, worth another listen if you have the right setting.

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Rockin’ Live

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A seminal live album from a rock innovator for hard rock and punk. MC5 is showing off their merits and impact in this album which shows the speed and frenzy they brought to the mainstream.

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I had to do a search to find the uncensored intro to the title track. With a 2021 lens, such language isn't such a big deal, but saying motherfucker in 1969 was quite racy. I initially thought the music was quite heavy for 1969 although Led Zep's 1st two albums were that year and Hendrix and The Who were also playing heavy then so they had company. While I have a distaste for heavy rock from the late 70s and later, I still enjoy heavy stuff from 69 and the early 70s. I generally think this album is well recorded for a '69 live album (comparing it to Live at Leeds for example) but the production seems to fail badly e.g. I assume the guitar solo at the end of Rocket Producer wasn't supposed to sound that kerfuffled. Also, the mixing makes the lead guitar a wrecking ball. I guess having the vocals being overpowered is OK since the guy can't sing that well and we wouldn't be able to understand what he was saying anyway. The one track where we can understand the lyrics is Motor City is Burning since the verses are played like a ballad so we can hear the lyrics. I expect this was intentional since it's the song that delivers an important political message. It is historically significant to hear the music that defined the protest movements at that time. I haven't been in Detroit for a while but the downtown area remained gutted for at least 25 years (+?) after the race riots hat are the topic of Motor City. I'm not entirely convinced this album was influential for the punk movement - the lineage to The Who is more obvious - but I will defer to the experts who see the link. These two points deserve a +1 but I'm not feeling generous enough to give the race riot connection and punk influence each a +1.

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September 14, 2021 I listened to this on bad headphones, but I wanted to like it more than I did. Maybe worth another try later since I usually like this kind of stuff more.

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I had never heard of this band before. There were a couple of songs that were good but there were some weird ones. A live album didn't help it.

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Fun and interesting listen. The rawness and high energy carried this one for me as this would have been a groundbreaking show to see back in the late 1960's. The vocals reminded me of Gene Simmons from the early KISS albums (pre-Destroyer), and I got a lot of Clash-vibes as well which means they might have been a big influence on the punk genre (could they have possibly been the first punk band?). I can see the innovation that probably earned them a spot on this list -- the performance is wild and very experimental for its time, especially on the last track Starship; however I found some parts sloppy and that most of the album wasn't very memorable after it was over. I also am still against the idea of including live albums on this list in general as it is not as impressive to put your already proven songs or covers together to create a collection of songs. While I got some enjoyment out of this one, I probably would not come back to it. I'll give it above average due to its significance, but not by much. 3/5. NOTE: I did some additional research, and it turns out that this is actually their debut album. Very interesting choice to introduce yourself to the world through a live performance, but it makes sense to me as they probably felt they couldn't replicate their sound in a studio. This makes it a bit better than a standard live album, but I am keeping my score the same as it still didn't stand out a ton to me.

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jimi hendrix but punk

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I can see that this is an influential early punk project, and the live aspect does help increase the energy. However, the whole thing is poorly put together; even the mixing is just plain terrible on some tracks

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I liked the songs but really not a fan of live albums. That said, this one is better than most. It really captures their energy and made me wish I was at the concert.

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Rocks pretty hard.

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I want to rate this higher because they influenced so many bands that I love. There's a lot of energy and grit on display here BUT...it's not that great. The title track is a classic and there's a few other good songs but a lot of it just doesn't hold up. Other people took inspiration from them and improved on it greatly. I'm very grateful that MC5 existed but they might be my least favorite of the proto-punk bands. 2 stars for the album add another for the path they paved.

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Good solid rock. That's it.

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I bet that was a party.

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Pretty fun stuff. 6-7/10

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I've never heard of MC5 but I seem to be in some kind of rut with generator, with all my albums being from the same few years all weel. All I can tell from the cover is that the band is white and aggressively American and probably somewhat chaotic. I don't know what MC5 stands for but I do like the name of the album "Kick out the Jams". Getting started listening this music mostly comes across as energetic noise? Quite distinct from the Hendrix, Allman Brothers, Joni Mitchell, or that godforsaken Incredible String Band I've been listening to. Ah, ok, readying about who MC5 is, I get it now, and have a framework for my brain to process these sounds. Not sure I'll put it in heavy rotation but I certainly respect that these boys clearly came to play. I can hear the roots of much music I really like, making me embarrassed not to already be familiar with MC5. That's the point of this project, I guess. 2 stars for being reasonably listenable if sloppy and an extra star for sheer effort. Did I need to hear this album before I died? Yes I think I did. (Also, Motor City 5. And I'm not sure it is fair to call someone "paunchy" when compared to Iggy Pop. Because aren't we all paunchy compared to Iggy Pop?)

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(The drummer aside) a triumph of enthusiasm over ability. But that’s what rock and roll should be about, no?

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AND IT'S LIVE!!!!

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As live albums go it was ok. Got duped into believing the mc5 were the bees knees when I was younger so I've listened to this before. Nowhere near as revolutionary as I'd been led to believe.

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Came across this last year. Proto-punk apparently that burst kicking and screaming into the scene before getting banned obviously. It's pretty good if you're in the mood for raucous noise and energy. Musth've been great live in the 60's.

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chaotic but pretty fun.

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Ábyggilega miklir stuðtónleikar. Stemmingin skilar sér samt ekki alveg á plötu.

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okay sound, but definitely ahead of their time and have to give them props for that.

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4/5/22

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Definitely a cool part of music history that’s very important to hear. I just wish the quality of the songs was a little more consistent; this is great in songs but not as a whole album for me.

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Very heavy man, fight the power!

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Ces gars-là ont une très belle énergie, ce qui suffit à les opposer à Leonard Cohen.

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Classic garage band and Patty Smith's hubby played for them.

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Had it on, couple of good tracks but it didn't hook me in, I would listen again

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Genre: Proto-Punk 3/5 Another decent live album from this list, MC5's Kick Out the Jams is a pretty interesting glimpse into what would end up becoming quite a mainstream rock movement: lefty punk/hard rock. Equal parts political, equal parts noise rock, this thing is a trip. The late 60s birthed plenty of good, plenty of bad, and also plenty of ugly. This particular live album does a great job of highlighting all three, although not all in the same quantities. The boisterous, rebellious intro, outlining the radical left positions of the day (don't let the man get you down, etc.), sound a bit dated and a little forced, considering these positions weren't necessarily held by them until they were taken under the wing of White Panther, and political provocateur, John Sinclair. The songs themselves are certainly portals into the future, showcasing a raw, heavy sound that wouldn't be mainstreamed for at least another decade or more, but in its infancy it sounds a bit too chaotic. The title track is a fucking jam, but the rest of the tracks pale in comparison, and beyond the occasional political interjection, the rest of the album kind of just sounds like a heavy rock record. While I can see the place this album holds in the history and progression of punk and garage rock, I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would. But not bad.

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When i was driving to work this morning, I thought "my day really needs some anarchic rock and cosmic jazz". MC5 delivered.

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Had never heard of these but it was kinda funky - in a good way. But probably won’t seek out any more of their music.

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This is a new band for me. I think I’d enjoy this more if I’d heard studio versions of the songs first. But the live recordings definitely capture the energy of the band. They sound like a great live act - the lead singer in particular is pretty wild. (That closing track “Starship” tried my patience though.) Highlights: “Kick Out the Jams,” “Motor City is Burning” (some nice blues riffing here), “I Want You Right Now” (I feel like this track gave me the best sense of who MC5 is as a band)

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Groundbreaking, raw, but slightly dull

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Some cool guitar

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I honestly think I don't like the live recording. I don't think the acoustics are great. It's in the direction of things I like.

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meh

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Bit noisey, but not bad

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Fun listen. I've heard of MC5 but never really listened to them before.

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I love kick out the jams (the track) but as an album this is a little too 60's for me

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another live album? i don't really like live albums but let's give this one a whirl post listen: no

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Boring

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Var nära en etta.

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An unenjoyable live album. 2.5.

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Pas facile comme ecoute. Des fois il y a des bouts qui sortent du lot. Fuzz et disto sont a l’honneur, mais c’es tres punk decousu. 2.80

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Super boring rock

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not worth the reputation if you ask me. It's alright and parts were really good but a lot of it is just house band fare.

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Zaten we net in een lekkere flow, krijgen we dit!

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Live denk ik best een goede band maar uit dit album komt dat wat mij betreft niet echt tot z'n recht. Veel energie maar ook wel erg veel een gruizige geluidsmuur.

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meh

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dont see anything special. was recently told they were "important" which just adds to the ball of confusion

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nah

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Soms leuke 'jams' maar het live aspect draagt hier weinig bij

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noisy

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Undoubtedly energetic and angry in a yoof/punk style, probably fun to watch their gigs, but not pleasurable to listen at home. More in tune guitar soloing please!

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The soundtrack for going batshit crazy, overdosing on ketamine, sweating and screaming in a crowd of 164 people doing the same in a smashed up, crackhut in the woods. I definitely see the appeal. The guitar solos in "motor city is burning" are the most washed up shitscrambles of early rock and roll and punk tropes I have ever heard though.

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I don't know what they're saying.... I- Favorites: Borderline Motor City is Burning

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Can't fault their energy. Not sure of it's significance.

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Terrible musicianship. At some points its just noise and gibberish. Ill leave this off my list. Past kick out the Jams , meh

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Not much gained out of this. Seems like a fair bit of noise.

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Don't dig it

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Really underwhelmed the first time I listened and had the same dull play through this time as well

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was niet slecht maar ook niets speciaal

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1,5 Ik denk vroeger goed maar het aged gewoon echt niet wel, rommelig en Wild vind ik het.

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I'm sure this is great for someone but it's not something I'll revisit any time soon.

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2/5 nope, way to metaly

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Meh

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Most of this sounds pretty much the same and the production values are really rough, much like the group and the music so I guess that's fitting. I'll boost this up by one star given its influence on the punk genre, but this isn't something that I'll seek out in the future.

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I know this gets credited as being one of the first punk albums, but it's pretty hard to listen to. Sloppy, bad production, and the song endings go on forever. There's good attitude and some decent songs underneath it all but as my co-judge deftly pointed out, the fact that it's a live recording makes it sound even more like noise.

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Pretty terrible chaotic American pap!

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Hard to believe this was from the 60s. Early eary punk.

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The energy is there, but without much representation in the mids it’s hard to distinguish one track from another in a live environment.

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Disappointing

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Messy and raw, bad mixing, not awful but also not good

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Classic first wave of rock

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Run-of-the-mill late 60's rock, complete with pretentious lyrics, calls for a 'revolution' and out-of-tune instruments. Not totally awful, but boring. 2/5

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Punk rock band MC5's debut album 'Kick Out The Jams' is a live album recorded over two nights - including Halloween - in Detroit in 1968. This album is a forerunner to punk rock, because at the time there was no such genre and the band's music was considered hard rock or garage rock. At release the album was commercially popular, but critically seen as a flop. The music was considered only to be a passing phase of rock and was reviewed as such. The band were troublemakers and this also caused problems for the record company at release. Now, this album is held in high regard for starting punk rock and being an energetic live album. Every time you listen to this album, you are being transported back to Detroit in the late 1960's to listen to a band "kick out the jams" with their "new-fangled rock".

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I get this even though it’s not particularly my style. I won’t listen again.

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This album is wild. I've heard of MC5 before, but didn't know their genre. They're like a punkier version of The Who's early years! Must be the US take on the sound. Appreciation, I give it a 3. Personally, 2.

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just rock n roll.. thats enough

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This is surprisingly "punk-y" for '69. Definitely heavy-duty psychedelic hard-driving chaotic rock going on here. It's a little too much for me but I bet if I were a teen when this came out I would've enjoyed it and wanted to see them perform live. I can imagine this record was played in quite a few suburban homes in the late 60s and early 70s by teens who wanted to annoy their parents. (Side Note: at times, I swear I hear what sounds like a much messier version of Neil Young's '(Keep On) Rockin' In The Free World', which is a coincidental kind of fun.)

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I think they're angry

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2/5

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I know this album was quite influential but this was a boring listen for me.

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Can see how influential it was but doesn't make it much good.

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Not my favorite by any means.

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Is fully what it is – which is mainly chaotic and screechy. I guess you had to be there. Might also help to know more about the jams they were aiming to kick out and how/why they were/are different than countless other politically outraged combos yowling their heads off in garages around middle America. Maybe just screechier and more chaotic? The big, slabby, psychedelic guitar riffs are decent; one half-expects them to break into “Wild Thing” at a few moments. Their oft-repeated “thank yous” at the end of every song are interesting; for outraged protesters, they seem awfully grateful and even mannerly toward the audience (not that that’s a bad thing). What this is not is musical or very listenable. Like, literally – it’s nearly impossible to hear what’s being shouted … er, sung. Also seems worth noting that a good bit of what's audible sounds like it might be about love and, you know, girls, not the military industrial complex, the pigs, racism, etc (though of course one can make out a bit of that stuff, too). Lastly, would Sun Ra consider this a tribute? Maybe including one (or more) of his records would help us know. 1.5 for 2 (and only because rounding up makes me feel slightly better about my lack of political commitment and because I’m sure the live shows were fun and as many got laid as achieved consciousness-raising).

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My main problem with most live albums is that feeling that it probably would have been good to have been there, rather than hearing it secondhand and muddy. I imagine at the time, this raucous noise would have been great, but in the rear view mirror, it was superseded by the Stooges and all that followed. Kick Out the Jams is still good though.

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Drab at moments, but has a few shiners.

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I get this is influential, but it is also a mess.

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Meh. Live album which reminded me of Van Halen but a decade prior.

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Not like.

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Couldn't get into it so much

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It’s all a bit messy and that’s sort of the point but I doubt I shall return to this album as there are far better punk and proto punk albums out there. Guys, you can get over the shock of hearing the word motherf*cker on an album, now.

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Each individual song was a good late 60s rock jam, but with only one dynamic setting (loud) it got monotonous.

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This is fun in a barn party sort of way. depends heavily on how into barn parties you are into at time of listening. Motor City Burning is just a heavy blues song.

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no thanks

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Pretty fun album. I love the live philosophical announcement at the start of the record to start dancing. I like how much energy is in the songs, but it does come across as all being one speed and not too dynamic. I don't love how it can be pretty cacophonous at times- like the end of "Rocket Reducer No. 62 - Talk" is just some really discordant and grating guitar riffs. The next one, "Borderline" is more of the same, and maybe even worse because the guitars are incredibly scratchy, panned to each ear, and consistently "off" from the drums which makes it sound like one big vehicle that is crawling towards a destination but the machine is breaking down and parts are flying off as it gets there. I tend to like raw music but this one I think I would really have to be in the right mood to listen to. I'm sure the live show is better than hearing it recorded too.

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2.5/5 Hard to believe this is from 1969. I can see how this would be influential to the punk rock scene in the 1970s though. Two of the songs are pretty good, the rest just seem like noise. Might get better with more listens though.

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Not my favourite, and fairly unmemorable.

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This just seemed like a lot of noise at times. Not sure if it was because it was a live album or not but struggled with it.

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Would have much rather preferred this as a studio album instead of live (and probably would have bumped it up a star or two). This proto-punk sound just doesn't really work live on a first listen for me. The bluesy Motor City Is Burning is about the only effective track in this format, due to its different style.

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Probably a lot of fun actually live, but this album was too noisy. Decent protest rock and guitars wail, but not my cup of tea.

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A little too many sonic displays for my liking.

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A bit mad for me

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not my style

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awesome energy. tunes meh

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meh

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Dumbfounded this was in the list. Shockingly bad

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2 nummers geluisterd, maar kon het niet meer aanhoren.

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Not for me at all. 1/5 stars.

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Production quality leaves a lot to be desired. Seems like there's some good songs in here, but it just sounds like noise, or is too quiet most of the time.

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de vraag is, wat heeft deze man genomen om dit bij zijn top albums te zetten? I don't feel it

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This was so laughably bad I'm not sure how it snuck onto this 1001 list. 1/10.

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People revere this album. I have no idea why. Someone influential must have once said it's essential and now it's a "the emperor's not wearing any clothes" scenario. I mean, this is utter sh!t. Tuneless noise, pointless rage.... just... no.

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Horribly produced, you can barely tell what’s going on. The band playing noise doesn’t help.

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This album definitely puts the "proto" in "proto-punk", as this really does feel like an unfinished, beginner's prototype for punk music, if that can be imagined. The spirit of punk is present though: they are making loud noise and they don't give a shit. This has very unpolished production, mediocre execution, and for my taste, is almost unlistenable. While I get that this is heralded for being the birth of punk music, I'd rather just listen to some "post-birth" punk music that has better production and execution. As stated, the spirit of punk is here in its proto state, but the majority of this album was just not very good.

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an interesting listen! i learned some about early punk and mc5 today, but i also learned it just isn’t for me.

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I didn't enjoy this. Dated and messy.

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Oh wow, I’ve heard of MC5 and the phrase Kick out the Jams through a local night, but had no idea what kind of music it was, so I was interested to hear how this actually goes. Unfortunately, it was talentless, god awful noise. Maybe ahead of it’s time but not an enjoyable experience at all. How disappointing.

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Good vibes never heard of these guys

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