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Shriek of the Week: MC5, “Kick Out the Jams” (NSFW – Language)

April 17, 2014

“And right now… right now… right now it’s time to… kick out the jams, motherfuckers!”

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One of Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time, but way ahead of it’s time. Now a rallying cry, at the time the album was banned by (hometown) Detroit’s Hudson’s department store due to obscene lyrics in the liner notes. This is despite the fact that MC5 changed the lyrics (against their wishes) on the record itself to “kick out the jams, brothers and sisters!” Can you even imagine an album being banned today due to the use of the word motherf**kers in the liner notes?

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MC5 responded to the ban by publishing an ad in the underground magazine Fifth Estate and in The Ann Arbor Argus that said:

KICK OUT THE JAM’S, MOTHERFUCKER! and kick in the door if the store won’t sell you the album on Elektra.

FUCK HUDSON’S!

The fatal problem with this approach was using the Elektra logo in the ad. They were dropped by the label and pretty much never heard from again. But those five words left a lasting legacy and in many ways gave birth to punk music.

 

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