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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:

Previous Rank:

2010: #20


Eligible Since:


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.  

Nominated In:

2003 Class


Essential Albums:

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)


 (Tribute Site)


Should MC5 be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 45.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 25%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 12.5%
Last modified on Friday, 16 January 2015 10:04


0 #1 Sean -0001-11-29 19:00
Well, now that the Stooges are in, there's no excuse for these guys to be out.
-1 #2 jimmy26 -0001-11-29 19:00
The MC5 should be in and way ahead of the aformentioned Stooges. Their impact on Rock is at the same level of some of the noteworthy groups of all time. I would say that for pure impact they are at least in the same league as Nirvana or the Sex pistols. Their music and attitude and yes style was a nuclear bomb to the world of rock music. Not only are they the very jump off group for what became punk but they also hugely influenced Metal. Kick off the Jams muther****** is one of the great opening statements to any anthem ever declaring war on rock and everything that they were about to hold in contempt. And it is pure pleasure. No artist of group is looked back upon with such respect and acclaim especially after having such a limited career. They should have got in ten years ago but it is time for a revolution to begin to get them in.
-2 #3 biograph 2013-05-12 04:18
Why not? And Rolling Stone Magazine liked these guys, too!

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