Political Animal


October 11, 2012 8:14 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

A little song of encouragement for Joe Biden tonight: MC5 performing “Kick Out the Jams” at Wayne State University back in the day.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • the seal on October 11, 2012 8:52 AM:

    That hit the spot Ed.

  • sick-n-effn-tired. on October 11, 2012 9:16 AM:

    Wow - hadn't thought of them for years! I grew up in Toronto and had a draft dodger from Detroit in my high school class. He introduced me to many fine bands from the Detroit area , and the proximity meant that many of them toured to Toronto ,MC5 Spirit , Alice Cooper ...and others

  • Patrick Star on October 11, 2012 9:32 AM:

    The wimpy, corporate ass-kissing bands of today could learn a thing or three from the MC5.

  • Speed on October 11, 2012 9:32 AM:

    You have great taste in music, Ed. Do you like the Dead Kennedys?

  • Don K on October 11, 2012 11:26 AM:

    speed -

    I don't know about Ed, but I love me some Dead Kennedys.

    snet -

    Did Iggy and the Stooges make it up Toronto way? Definitely a highlight of that era in Detroit-area rock. Oh, and unless you're thinking of someone else, the band Spirit is pure California. They did some really good stuff, but AFAIK none of the members has a Detroit connection.

  • reidmc on October 11, 2012 4:03 PM:

    MC5 best-ever live band IMHO