Babes In Arms


Being a collection of out-takes, uncensored versions, and demos from the awesome MC5, there’s not much I can say to augment or diminish the greatness of this release. The MC5 are almost certainly the acorn from which the mighty oak of punk rock has grown. I can imagine, in my mind’s eye, a young Iggy Pop standing in the front row in some Detroit gymnasium, bathing in the dual guitar attack of Fred “Sonic” Smith and Wayne Kramer, or in front of a mirror, stereo blasting, with his fist in the air screaming “Kick Out the Jams!” The MC5 were always too rowdy, too loud, and too controversial to ever be a big commercial success, and so they have been forever relegated to the status of “highly influential,” which is an understatement of the first order. This collection represents a great cross-section of the elements that make this band a national treasure — the driving, electric blues roots, the jazzy experimentation, the uncompromised social commentary and the take-no-prisoners live shows. Own it. ROIR, 611 Broadway, Suite 411, New York, NY 10012

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Gary Wittner
    Gary Wittner

    Too Modern for Me. (Invisible Music Records) Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Willard Gayheart & Friends
    Willard Gayheart & Friends

    At Home in the Blue Ridge (Blue Hens Music). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Alex McArtor
    Alex McArtor

    Touch/Are You Alone (Bigmac Records). Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Superstar

    Sex, drugs, adultery, murder and finally, redemption – it’s all intertwined in the tale of Trent Davis, the “star” of author Christopher Long‘s latest, Superstar.

  • Moloko Plus
    Moloko Plus

    Moloko Plus is a monthly experimental music event in Orlando, Florida.

  • General Magic
    General Magic

    General Magic invented the smart phone in 2002, but just couldn’t get it to market. That’s just how they rolled.

  • Blue October
    Blue October

    Alternative 90s rockers Blue October rolled into Central Florida for a two-night run at House of Blues, and Michelle Wilson was blown away.

  • Pahokee

    Pahokee produces sugar cane and poverty, but some the brighter students might make it to the big time with a college degree and a new zip code.

  • Sumo Princess
    Sumo Princess

    When An Electric Storm. (Educational Recordings) Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Laura Valle
    Laura Valle

    Charismatic. Review by Stacey Zering.

From the Archives