The MC5 in 2005 (Wikimedia Commons photo).
The MC5, a rock band from Michigan that is part of the mythology of Illuminatus! have once again been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This year's 15 nominees are Def Leppard, Devo, Janet Jackson, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, The Zombies and Todd Rundgren. More details on the awards process here. I happen to be a Roxy Music fan, though I doubt the band will win.
In Illuminatus!, the Illuminati control the record companies, and John Dillinger tells Joe Malik, ""We were ignoring that front until they got the MC-5 to cut a disc called 'Kick Out The Jams' just to taunt us with old bitter memories."
Note that John Sinclair, who has collaborated with Steve Fly, was the band's manager.
I’ve seen a lot of live music (including James Brown, early Stones, Janis Joplin and Hendrix) but nothing matched the intensity of the early MC5. For a couple of years they were as good a live show as you’d find anywhere. Things went downhill pretty quickly after that. It would be great to see them in the HOF but I doubt it will happen.
Guitarist Wayne Kramer has resurrected the group as MC50 and they’re currently on tour. The group’s other guitarist, Fred “Sonic” Smith (Patty Smith’s husband) and lead singer Rob Tyner are both deceased so I’m not interested in checking out the new version.
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