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I worked on this a few years ago. You can even see me on stage left operating one of the cameras. I co-produced this and edited it too. It features Ian Astbury from the Cult on vocals and there's a shot of Maney form the Stone Roses in it too if you look closely enough

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Kick Out the Jams on Wikipedia
"Kick Out the Jams"
MC5 - Kick Out the Jams 1969 single.jpgCover of the 2009 American single
Single by MC5
from the album Kick Out the Jams
B-side"Motor City Is Burning"
ReleasedMarch 1969 (1969-03)
  • October 30–31, 1968
  • Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI
  • Garage rock[1]
  • proto-punk[2]
  • hard rock[3]
  • Michael Davis
  • Wayne Kramer
  • Fred "Sonic" Smith
  • Dennis Thompson
  • Rob Tyner
  • Bruce Botnick
  • Jac Holzman
MC5 singles chronology

Kick Out the Jams is a song by MC5, released as a single in March 1969 by Elektra Records.


  • 1 Formats and track listing
  • 2 Personnel
  • 3 Charts
  • 4 Release history
  • 5 Notable cover versions
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Formats and track listing

US 7" single
  1. "Kick Out the Jams"  – 2:37
  2. "Motor City Is Burning"  – 4:30


Adapted from the Kick Out the Jams liner notes.[4]

  • Michael Davis – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Wayne Kramer – electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Fred "Sonic" Smith – electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Dennis Thompson – drums
  • Rob Tyner – lead vocals
Production and additional personnel
  • Bruce Botnick – production, engineering
  • Jac Holzman – production

Notable cover versions

Its title track has been covered by various bands, including The Presidents of the United States of America, who completely reworked the lyrics to an upbeat form on their eponymous debut album in 1995, post-punkers Volcano Suns on their 1989 double album Thing of Beauty, Michael Monroe on his 1996 album Peace of Mind, hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult on their 1978 live album Some Enchanted Evening, Rage Against the Machine on their album Renegades with Tom Morello also performing the song with Street Sweeper Social Club and Trent Reznor live, Henry Rollins with Bad Brains for the Pump Up the Volume soundtrack, Afrika Bambaataa, Monster Magnet, Japanese rockers Guitar Wolf on their debut album Run Wolf Run, Jeff Buckley (whose version was released on his posthumous "legacy edition" of Grace on the bonus CD of unreleased songs), Entombed on the EP Family Favourites, Silverchair, and Give Up the Ghost (formerly American Nightmare) on their Year One compilation. Poison Idea also covered the song live, and it appears on their live record Dutch Courage. Primal Scream often plays the song live.[citation needed] Pearl Jam began performing it on the Vote for Change tour of 2004 and have also performed it live with Mudhoney singer Mark Arm. It was also used as one of the musical numbers in the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire", sung by New Zealand actor-musician Jay Laga'aia.

The British band The KLF (also known as The JAMs, or Justified Ancients of Mu Mu), who take their name from the Wilson/Shea novel (which also references the song), use a sample of "Kick Out the Jams" in their songs "All You Need Is Love" and "What Time Is Love?"


  1. ^ Stiernberg, Bonnie. "The 50 Best Garage Rock Songs of All Time". Paste. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  2. ^ SPIN Media LLC (October 2002). SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. p. 70. ISSN 0886-3032. 
  3. ^ Dave Marsh; James Bernard (1 November 1994). New Book of Rock Lists. Simon and Schuster. p. 391. ISBN 978-0-671-78700-4. 
  4. ^ Kick Out the Jams (sleeve). MC5. New York, New York: Elektra Records. 1969. 
  5. ^ "MC5 - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2015. 

External links

  • "Kick Out The Jams / Motor City Is Burning" at Discogs (list of releases)

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