Monday, September 08, 2008
KICK OUT THE JAMS!
40 years ago there was a Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the band playing as the tear gas was drifting in and the choppers were flying low over head and the cops were busting heads was Detroits MC5.
I posted a video of the band, Rage Against The Machine playing in St. Paul at the Republican National Convention last week. They were shut down by the police and kept playing in spite of having no power.
The week earlier, they played another convention, The DNC in Denver and it was not shut down and one of the high points was a guest appearance of Wayne Kramer, the lead guitarist of the MC5. They play Kick Out The Jams...a song while not overtly political in content, was one of the most potent revolutionary anthemns of its time. It was a celebration of total freedom.
Wayne proves again that after 40 years, he still can sonically blast anything in his path to smithereens! His guitar solo is awesome!
On Wayne's solo record, Citizen Wayne produced by David Was, there is a piece called On The Ground which is a pretty good MC5 style version of that day in 1968 when the MC5 Kicked Out The Jams in a tear gas filled park in Chicago.