Sunday, April 12, 2015


In the mid to late sixties, the MC5 were the house band for the Grande Ballroom in Detroit. We used to headline, and open for other national acts as the Grande grew in popularity.

The 5 used to get there early to sound check, and whenever there was a band, any band, that wasn’t real up to high energy snuff (to our taste anyway) we used to sorta harass them from the dance floor. We used to shout, “kick out the jams!, or get off the stage!” This would be repeated by the guys in the band many times, to many bands.

Eventually the song, “ Kick Out The Jams, Motherfucker!” was born, and that tune still stands strong today. It has been covered by many bands, and I hope it will be covered again.


                                                                                      The Original

                                                                                  The Motor City 5:


KICK OUT THE JAMS LYRICS KICK OUT THE JAMS Words & music by MC5 Kick out the jams motherfuckers ! Yeah! I, I, I, I, I'm gonna I'm gonna kick 'em out ! Yeah ! Well i feel pretty good And i guess that i could get crazy now baby Cause we all got in tune And when the dressing room got hazy now baby I know how you want it child Hot, quick and tight The girls can't stand it When you're doin'it right Let me up on the stand And let me kick out the jam Yes, kick out the jams I want to kick'em out !

Yes I'm starting to sweat You know my shirt's all wet What a feeling In the sound that abounds And resounds and rebounds off the ceiling You gotta have it baby You can't do without When you get that feeling You gotta sock'em out Put that mike in my hand And let me kick out the jam Yes ! Kick out the jams I want to kick'em out ( guitar ) So you got to give it up You know you can't get enough Miss Mackenzie Cause it gets in your brain It drives you insane With the frenzy The wailin' guitars girl The crash of the drums Make you wanna keep-a-rockin' Till the morning comes Let me be who I am And let me kick out the jam Yes, kick out the jams I done kicked em out !!!

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