When the NIHOF committee got together and threw around adjectives to describe the musicians on this list the word “revolutionary” was mentioned quite often. Revolutionary certainly fits the music of MC5 (The Motor City 5), but this could be the only band that actually wanted to start a political revolution one as well.
Emerging from the shadows of Motown, the MC5 (Motor City 5) was an abrasive outfit whom along with the Stooges set the tone and attitude for the Punk scene years later. Their music was loud and intense and even caused their peers in the counter cultural movement to shake their heads with their political affiliations. Although, they never did hit the mainstream and their career was not an extensive one, they easily go down as one of the most important bands in the American music scene and are one of Punk’s true forefathers. The fact that Punk is a widely respected genre within the Hall, a key Proto Punk band should have an excellent shot. Now that their Michigan brethren (The Stooges) have been finally inducted, they seem like the next logical representative form the Proto Punk world.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Detroit, MI)
Why They Will Get In:
Punk is an accepted style within the Hall; Proto Punk can’t be far behind.
Why They Won’t Get In:
They were far too political in their heyday and this may play against them.
Kick Out the Jams (1969)
Back in the U.S.A. (1970)
High Time (1971)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Kick Out the Jams (From Kick Out the Jams, 1969)
Rocket Reducer No. 62 (From Kick Out the Jams, 1969)
Motor City is Burning (From Kick Out the Jams, 1969)
Starship (From Kick Out the Jams, 1969)
Teenage Lust (From Back in the U.S.A., 1970)