Today is Eddie Hazel’s birthday. Now watch one of the greatest live performances to which you shall ever bear witness.

Seriously, THIS is as good as it gets. Thirteen minutes of vintage Funkadelic, running through a medley of I Got A Thing, What Is Soul, I Just Want To Testify, I Was Made To Love Her, Friday Night August 14th, Music For My Mother which degenerates into a full blown Psychedelic Gospel and includes nods to The Right Time and It’s Your Thing, while George in the throws of the holy ghost and some seriously heavy blotter writhes on the ground, whistling and speaking in tongues. Yep, it’s that kinda show. I dunno how a band can be this loose and tight at the same time.




Recently unearthed footage of the MC5 live in Paris 1972

This version of Black To Comm is total Detroit Soul Punk by way of Hawkwind; utter riff damage and destruction. Obvious why Spacemen 3 pilfered it for their Revolution. The Kick Out The Jams intro is, of course, also exceptional.

Songs of The Day: Tommy McGee -We Ought To Be Together, and Make Sure

I’m a total sucker for that falsetto, those strings, the keys, and that GROOVE! Sweet Soul vibes abound.

It’s John Lee Hooker’s birthday, so. boogie chillen!

I saw John Lee Hooker perform to a crowd of about 100 people, seated maybe 20 feet away. Despite the fact that he was extremely hungover, with and ad hoc band, he put on a great show. Less than two years later, he put out the Grammy winning, The Healer, featuring collaborations with Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos and others, at which point, the bar/club days were over again, and it was back to the larger venues and acclaim that he deserved. Still, can’t help but feel lucky to have caught him just before that. Oh, one thing that I distinctly remember when getting his autograph…he had fingers like sausages. Huge!

R.I.P. Detroit Rocker, Ron Cooke

Original bassist for the Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, supergroup Gang War (featuring Johnny Thunders and Wayne Kramer), and Mitch Ryder’s Detroit. The following 1975 show is the only released SRB recording to feature Cooke, prior to being replaced by Gary Rasmussen, and features his composition, Chungo of The Asphalt Jungle.

Wanna know where Detroit’s Garage Punk Kings (and Queen Peggy, of course) got their name?

Just watched the highly enjoyable Gories doc, that I posted two weeks ago, and discovered that the TV show Gidget, was responsible for their name.

It’s Guitar God, Ron Asheton’s birthday, so check out his OTHER band, Destroy All Monsters

Post-Stooges, Asheton actually performed in several bands, New Order (no, not that one), New Race, and Dark Carnival, not to mention his work with the Velvet Goldmine related super group, Wylde Rattz, but we’re concerned with just one, right now. Destroy All Monsters started in Ann Arbor, MI,1973, as an experimental project from a quartet of artists, Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw, Niagara and Carey Loren, using broken/modified and non-traditional instruments and pretty much anything that could be incorporated into their Avant Garde din. The band continued in this manner, until 1976 when Kelley and Shaw quit to attend grad school in California. When Ron Asheton and the MC5’s, Mike Davis, joined the band in 1977, their sound went through a dramatic overhaul, becoming a Detroit high energy styled Punk Rock powerhouse. The striking Niagara (who is now, as are Shaw and the deceased Kelley, a highly respected artist) became the singer, penning disaffected classics like Bored, while Asheton brought the guitar overload, as only he could. The band, with Niagara and Asheton as the core members, would go on to put out a handful of singles and play gigs around the Detroit area into the 80’s.


Oh, GG Allin  ripped off You’re Gonna Die for his Die When You Die

New songs from The Gories, to be released on 7″ from Third Man Records!

Featuring a cover of the Back From The Grave garage punk classic, Be Nice, by The Nomads, this is the first release from The Gories in over twenty years. Detroit legends!

Just take those old records off the shelf, it’s Bob Seger’s birthday

Before Bob Seger became an ubiquitous seventies radio hit machine, he was cranking out some of the most rocking sides to ever roll off of the Motor City music assembly line. Here’s a buncha my favorites, recorded with the Bob Seger System, The Last Heard and a live recording from 1973 with the Borneo Band. I recommend digging online and finding any live shows from ’75 or before. His performances during this era are some of my favorites.

2+2 is one of the toughest songs that I’ve ever heard

Better known for the Thin Lizzy cover, Rosalie is actually a Bob Seger original, appearing on Back in ’72

Listen to the Bob and The Borneo Band kick up a gospel storm. Seriously, dig that transition from Will The Circle Be Unbroken into Bo Diddley/Who Do You Love. Ridiculous. Heavy Music is right!
01. Think 07:12
02. Higher & Higher 03:26
03. St. Dominicks Review 06:12
04. Circle Song 03:54
05. Bo Diddley 06:50
06. Someday 02:40
07. Rosalie 03:39
08. Long As I Can Play 05:38
09. Born Under A Bad Sign 06:29
10. Turn On Your Love Light 13:24