MC5 Kick Out the Jams (Elektra) Without the Motor City Five (MC5) there would be no punk rock. The influential Detroit rockers were the first band to marry high-octane rock'n'roll with a powerful anti-authoritarian stance. Founded in 1964 and coming to prominence a few years later when revolutionary ideas were sweeping the globe, the MC5 believed that rock music was much more than entertainment - they felt it was a force that could overthrow the establishment and change the world. Kick Out the Jams, their debut album, is the band's testament. MC5 formed out of a love for rock'n'roll, blues and the experimental jazz of Sun Ra. By 1967, their incendiary stage performances had got them noticed by John Sinclair, a self-styled revolutionary who ran a Detroit commune called Trans Love Energies Unlimited. Sinclair thought the band would make a great figurehead for his new movement: the White Panthers. This outfit planned to further the anti-establishment aims of the Black Panthers by waging an all-out war on mainstream culture in the US. It was to be a kind of rock'n'roll Cultural Revolution. Nowadays, their aims would be regarded as unthreatening. But back then, with student revolutions brewing in Europe, the authorities kept tabs on the band's activities. Some of their concerts were banned, and Sinclair and guitarist Fred 'Sonic' Smith were even arrested. Kick Out the Jams, which was recorded live over two nights at the Detroit Grande Ballroom in 1968, was to be the first wave of their aural assault. But 41 years later it's the music, not the politics, that matters. Vocalist Rob Tyner, who died in 1991, belts out his vocals like there's no tomorrow, accompanied by a sonically invigorating twin guitar barrage from Wayne Kramer and Smith. Careful with those little i-Pod earphones - the music on this album could split your head in two. The LP kicks off with a raucous version of the blues number Ramblin' Rose. The song may be old, but the piercing Mosrite guitars turn it into something that's aggressively modern. The title track follows with its roaring metallic riff and Tyner's hollering vocal. Other standouts include a souped-up version of blues number Motor City is Burning - a sonic document of the 1967 Detroit riots - and the assertive I Want You Right Now. MC5 are now considered to have been one of the most influential rock bands ever. But back in the late-1960s, they failed to make much of an impact. The story behind this LP's release illustrates their do-or-die refusal to play the record industry game. Tyner screams: 'Kick out the jams, mother****ers!' on the first track. But MC5's record company Elektra insisted on an alternative version with the words 'brothers and sisters' dubbed over the expletive. A major US chain store, Hudson's, got the original version by mistake, and refused to stock the LP. So the band took out advertisements in the press that read 'F*** Hudson's'. Hudson's removed all records on the Elektra label from their stores in retaliation, so Elektra dropped the band. MC5 would be dogged by similar incidents for the rest of their career and were never able to match the heights reached on Kick Out the Jams with their subsequent three album releases.