May 26, 2009 – 4:14 am

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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.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.

Disc 1
01. Ramblin’ Rose
02. I Can Give You Everything
03. Tonight
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

Disc 2
01. Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa
02. Starship - mc5

Bonus tracks
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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  1. 13 Responses to “DKT/MC5 - BRUSSELS 2005”

  2. Very cool ! I have another show from Atlanta I believe with Mark Arm from Mudhoney doing vocal duties. Thanks for the post…

    By Revolutionarybum on May 26, 2009

  3. AMAZING!!! You must choose brothers, you must choose!

    By bigtexashonk on May 26, 2009

  4. That’s Right!

    By Nitebob on May 27, 2009

  5. Fantastic Show from a VERY missed band! The Unreleased DVD “The MC5-A True Testimonial” is a masterpiece and a true crime that it’s never been released. Get it NOW by all means necessary. It’s out there just have to look.

    By ReV RuSSeLL on May 27, 2009

  6. Dave thomas and lauren spent a lot of time working on the documentary “mc5 a true Testimonial”.
    I wonder if it will ever be released.

    By mike on May 27, 2009

  7. This is the dogs bollox,thanks a million

    By Pike Bishop on May 30, 2009

  8. This is the dogs bollox,brilliant sound.I play it in the car loud.thanks a lot

    By Pike Bishop on Aug 2, 2009

  9. Shame they couldn’t find a vocalist who could sing. The band’s great, Handsome Dick can’t carry a tune in a U-Haul van.

    By Neil Diamond on Jul 8, 2010

  10. “It’s a great document of the band, it’s a great document of life, and it’s a great document of things … far and beyond the band.” - Jackson Smith, Detroit-based musician son of Fred & Patti Smith

    “Music so extraordinary that it transformed the lives of all who experienced it demands the release of a documentary that does the MC5 justice.  Few bands have ever seen so much go so wrong so quickly and have been so misunderstood in the process. A True Testimonial represents a belated opportunity to set things straight, put things right. The fans deserve it. So does the band. And so does the music.” - Don McLeese, author of Kick Out The Jams (Continuum 33 1/3 series)

    By Bop City on Feb 6, 2011

  11. MC5 - A True Testimonial Jailbreak
    Campaign Underway To Unleash Acclaimed Documentary

    DETROIT, Michigan (March 31, 2011) — With all the lingering legal questions now firmly resolved, the highly regarded but embattled MC5 - A True Testimonial documentary film is finally poised for release. Warner/Chappell Music, the MC5’s music publisher, has agreed to make the much sought-after synchronization license available to the Chicago based Future/Now Films. A crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds necessary to acquire that license is currently underway via the Kickstarter funding platform and will conclude May 9, 2011.

    Seven years ago, on March 31, 2004, writer Susan Whitall broke the story of the untimely derailment of the lauded MC5 - A True Testimonial documentary with an explosive Detroit News article titled “MC5 In Turmoil Yet Again”.

    At the time, the highly anticipated film had a full schedule of theatrical screenings in place and was set for imminent DVD release before a curious decision was made to deny the requisite synchronization license for the MC5’s music publishing.

    That decision, initiated at the behest of Wayne Kramer, one of the two guitarists in the legendary but long-defunct band, ignited a firestorm of controversy, given that Kramer had long supported the film’s production saying “The filmmakers have done a fabulous job of telling the story of the MC5… the story is finally getting told and told right.” The much lauded documentary had been poised to make a major splash, having screened to SRO crowds and widespread critical acclaim at film festivals around the worldwide. There had been one single ticketed public screening, a benefit for radio station WDET-FM held at the Detroit Film Theatre before a sold-out crowd on October 30, 2003.

    Having successfully blocked the film’s release, Kramer would later file suit in federal court in November 2005 over a purported “music producer” position and alleging a variety of copyright infringement, fraud and breach of contract claims against director David Thomas, producer Laurel Legler and Future/Now Films.

    After hearing extensive testimony and reviewing the evidence presented during a week-long trial held October 2006 in Santa Ana, California, United States District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford dismissed all charges against the filmmakers, concluding there was “insufficient factual basis to establish any claim” against the filmmakers.

    In the decision rendered March 31, 2007, Judge Guilford found “no terms specific enough to form an enforceable contract were ever agreed upon,” that neither Thomas or Legler “had made any actionable false representations” to Kramer, and that the dispute arose only after Future/Now Films “demonstrated that the film they were crafting could be successful” adding “The MC5 is historically significant and its music and story merit being heard today. The film had and still has the potential to spread the music and story of the MC5.”

    One could argue that, had the film come out as scheduled, it would have boosted the MC5’s profile enough to propel the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; whether or not that time has now passed remains to be seen.

    The families of the late Rob Tyner and Fred “Sonic” Smith have been fully supportive of the film’s release from the beginning; Patti Smith has been unequivocal, saying “They were a great band and they should be remembered. And they should be remembered together. This film is a very good opportunity to give them recognition.” With authorizations from the three surviving members now in place, Vincent Cox, attorney for Future/Now Films, has declared “the disputes are water under the bridge, and there’s no point in rehashing them.”

    With that in mind, the final objective is acquiring the requisite sync license for this brilliant film and a campaign to raise the funds necessary to acquire that license is currently underway via the Kickstarter funding platform. Spearheaded by Detroit music producer Freddie Brooks, Fred “Sonic” Smith’s longtime associate and charge d’affaires, that campaign will conclude May 9, 2011. If successful, theatrical screenings are expected to begin immediately with a worldwide DVD release expected to follow shortly thereafter.

    As USDC Judge Guilford noted, director David Thomas and producer Laurel Legler were “first-time filmmakers who spent eight years of their lives trying to create a documentary film that would be historically truthful, a documentary that would celebrate the talent and creativity of the MC5 band, a documentary that would say something about the 60’s, and would say something about the present. They succeeded, and the film merits wide distribution for the enjoyment and edification of the masses.”

    In other words… kick out the jams, motherfuckers!!!

    By MC5 - A True Testimonial on Apr 1, 2011

  12. More MC5 - ATT links…


    By Detroit Tango on Jun 23, 2011

  13. great !! plz uploade again!


    By marto666 on Mar 20, 2015

  14. Hey zoritoler imol, of course you have been here before. How could we forget a name like that. Glad that this bog gives you such excitement; you life must be extremely dull !

    By HHH on Jan 5, 2023

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