Monday, December 15, 2014

The Making Of… MC5’s Kick Out The Jams

The song that gets us in trouble, because of that one word. Here’s a live band – with a live record – that’s being introduced with “fuck” in the liner notes, and “motherfucker” in the single, and yet it’s rising up in the charts on AM radio. The word is considered an obscenity. When we did it in public, the police had an excuse to harass us and throw us in jail. Some gigs we didn’t even go to because we heard the cops were waiting for us. The political right was horrified of us, the political left was never happy that we weren’t revolutionary enough. And the corporations were deathly afraid of us, because we were the real thing.

Did I play any differently that night we recorded “Kick Out The Jams?” Yeah, I played harder than I ever played in my life. I don’t know, it was so intense, like we’d been waiting for that moment to get recorded. We’d played so many places in the couple years prior, and worked at the Grande without much recognition at all. So inside my heart, it was like: “Ow, you know, finally this is it. Making a record, this is what we’ve been doing this for. This is what I dropped out of college for!” I think I broke 10 sticks each performance, at least. I had calluses on all of my fingers, and the forefingers of both hands and the index finger had blood blisters underneath them. They’d break open every time I played. And it was just raw.

I remember both nights were kickass. It was magical, because we knew we had something. I was taking a lot of LSD at the time, and smoking massive quantities of sacrament, as John [Sinclair, MC5 manager] would say. I played high onstage all the time. But it wasn’t the kind of a high like doing heroin or doing coke where you played too fast or it affected the physicality of the show. It was more mental.

But those two nights we just calmed down. We didn’t take the normal quantities that we would take. ‘Let’s just low-key it tonight’, so instead of smoking 15 joints we probably smoked 10. The energy was harnessed.
Dennis Thompson


Friday, December 12, 2014


My name is Danny Dunne and I would like to tell you about a chance encounter that I had today. I finished my work for the day early Saturday and went to shoot pool at a local Down River Pool hall, Ball and Cue Billiards. It is a great place to shoot pool.

After a few hours practicing my game and enjoying the great atmosphere in the room, I spoke with the Owner of Ball and Cue, Jesse. He has a great passion for billiards and the history of the great pool players past and present.We spoke because I was interested in getting his opinion of which cue makers I should look at if I wanted to buy an elite pool cue.

We spent an hour or so looking at various elite pool cues. Jesse showed me a few photos that are pool related and just as I was getting ready to leave, he showed me a photo of an album of the band MC5.

  Dennis and Danny

In this album photo were Jessie, his father and Machine Gun Thompson the drummer and others standing around a pool table that Jessie’s dad owned at the time.

When I left the Ball and Cue, I had no idea that this chance encounter was anything other than a nice experience.Then I took the smart bus to the stop near my home. Instead of going home, my hunger took me to meet an opportunity. I went to a bar across the street, called Brooklyn’s. Walked in and put my money down to play pool. A man approached me and introduced himself as Dennis Thompson of the MC5.


He said, I’m here working on my blog with Retro Kimmer, a successful entertainment blogger. After a few moments of wrapping my mind around the randomness of this connection between two separate encounters, I said to Dennis that ” I just saw your photo on an album cover not even an hour ago.”


This blew both of our minds.Dennis said, "this is just another spontaneous intersection". Take what you like from this, for me, one person’s passion for pool cues and stories led me to a chance encounter with two people connected to a random photo that has led me to an interesting opportunity.

Many people have chance encounters that change their lives, if not forever at least for the moment. I believe the one connection that people have in common is that if they live with passion in there lives, they will eventually meet similar people like magnets. I hope this inspires follow your passion.

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