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MC5 News

MC5 bassist Michael Davis dies aged 68

Bassist passed away as a result of liver disease on Friday (February 17)

  • Feb 19, 2012

Perry Farrell, Tom Morello, Billy Bragg for supergroup performance

Jerry Cantrell, Wayne Kramer and Don Was will also play in New York

  • Mar 23, 2009

MC5 bassist hospitalised

Michael Davis involved in motorcycle accident

  • May 12, 2006


And they will be joined by another legend...

  • Dec 22, 2004


But it will be under a new name - kick out the jams and all that, eh?...

  • Apr 23, 2004

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MC5 Music Videos

Kick Out The Jams Play Video

Kick Out The Jams

MC5 plays Kick Out The Jams on The Best of My Beat Club live in 1972

When I Tell You That I Love You (Quando Dico Che Ti Amo) - [Official Music Video] Play Video

When I Tell You That I Love You (Quando Dico Che Ti Amo) - [Official Music Video]

When I Tell You That I Love You (Quando dico che ti amo) - single available on iTunes CAMA Records (2014) http://www.stefanosignoroni.com/ Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stefanosignoroniofficialpage...

We Wish You a Merry Christmas Play Video

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Merry Xmas 2013!!! www.stefanosignoroni.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stefano.signoroni.3 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Signoroni Stefano Signoroni & the MC is a musical project by Stefano Signoroni...

Panjabi MC - Mundian to bach ke (Banks & Sullivan Oldskool Mix) Play Video

Panjabi MC - Mundian to bach ke (Banks & Sullivan Oldskool Mix)

Panjabi MC - Mundian to bach ke (Banks & Sullivan Oldskool Mix)

Help Yourself Play Video

Help Yourself

Help Yourself - single available on iTunes. Frutta Records www.stefanosignoroni.com Video realized by CloverThree CREW Directed by Jacopo Sarno and Paolo Cartago Cinematographer and colorist: Francesco Marullo...

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MC5 Reviews

DKT/MC5  :  The Garage, Glasgow, Tuesday, August 31

DKT/MC5 : The Garage, Glasgow, Tuesday, August 31

Even with two members dead, Detroit's '60s proto-punk legends really do rock the party like no-one else…

  • Sep 8, 2004

Thunder Express

It's all about rock'n'roll....

  • Apr 5, 1999

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MC5 Biography

MC5 was an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964. The original band line-up consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson. "Crystallizing the counterculture movement at its most volatile and threatening", according to Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the MC5's far left 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 'n' roll included elements of garage rock, hard rock, blues rock, and psychedelic rock.

MC5 had a promising beginning which 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. Their initial run was short-lived, though within just a few years of their dissolution in 1972, MC5 were often cited 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.

Tyner died of a heart attack in late 1991 at the age of 46. Smith also died of a heart attack, in 1994 at the age of 45. 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 February 2012 at the age of 68.

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