Sunday, September 06, 2015

MC5 Kick Paris - Gibus Club, February 1972

Thought you'd seen all the MC5 footage extant? Well, maybe not. The first part is dimly lit, but it gets better around 6:00. Steve Moorehouse on bass, not Mike Davis, and Fred in his "Sonic Smith" superhero costume. The Beat Club and Chateau d'Herouville footage from the same tour showed that the Five could still sock 'em out at this late date in their trajectory (which came grinding to a halt back home at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit on New Year's Eve, just ten months later), but here, with an ecstatic audience to exchange energy with, they do more than that. Bloodied but unbowed, the Five went down swinging.


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