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Brussels 2005 [no label, 2CD]
Live at the Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium, February 24, 2005. Very good soundboard.
They told you in school about freedom
But when you try to be free they never let ya
They said “it’s easy , nothing to it”
And now the army’s out to get ya
Sixty nine America in terminal stasis
The air’s so thick it’s like drowning in molasses
I’m sick and tired of paying these dues
And i’m finally getting hip to the American ruse
I learned to say the pledge of allegiance
Before they beat me bloody down at the station
They haven’t got a word out of me since
I got a billion years probation
- The American Ruse (MC5)
‘We wrote a song a long time ago about a time in America when there was a war going on and we didn’t like it. And today there is a war going on and we don’t like it,” guitarist Wayne Kramer says before the band dives into The American Ruse.
The song, The American Ruse, appeared on the MC5’s second album, Back In The USA, in 1970. At that time the United States were stuck in the Vietnam War and MC5 were already at the forefront protesting against the war. Thirty-five years later, the United States is stuck in Iraq and Afghanistan and the remaining members of MC5 - Wayne Kramer, Dennis Thompson and Michael Davis - are on a European tour as DKT/MC5, the group now augmented by Handsome Dick Manitoba (Dictators), Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses) and Lisa Kekaula (Basement Jaxx), and they still have that protest fire in their belly.
Detroit’s MC5 were alternative before there was an alternative and they were punk before the movement took hold. While many critics call them protopunks, in an interview, Kramer said: “I think if there’s one thing the punks picked up from us, it was our do-it-yourself ethic - that you don’t have to follow the program, and you don’t have to wait until society says it’s okay to do your thing.”
With Handsome Dick sounding like a clean-cut Jello Biafra and Lisa Kekaula strutting out the blues (after all MC5 had no problem mixing rock/punk and jazz), the band ran through a greatest-hits package that showed that musically they still got the chops and, more importantly, they still have the balls and that political sting.
Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark for sharing these tracks.
Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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01. Ramblin’ Rose
02. I Can Give You Everything
04. Call Me Animal
05. Sister Anne
06. High School
07. The American Ruse
08. Motor City Is Burning
09. Over & Over Pt 1
10. Over & Over Pt 2
11. Shakin’ Street
12. Lookin’ At You
13. Miss X
14. The Human Being Lawnmower
15. Kick Out The Jams
16. I Believe To My Soul
01. Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa
02. Starship - mc5
03. Skunk [Coogee Bay ‘04]
04. Future/Now [Melbourne ‘04]
05. I Want You Right Now [Melbourne ‘04]
06. Teenage Lust [Melbourne ‘04]
Wayne Kramer - guitar
Dennis Thompson - drums
Michael Davis - bass
Lisa Kekaula - vocals
Gilby Clarke - guitar
Handsome Dick Manitoba - vocals
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