Kick Out the Jams features many never before seen films of the MC5 as created by Leni Sinclair & conceptual artist Cary Loren during the peak of their career. Tracks include: "Kick Out The Jams," "Come Together," "Looking... more » At You," and more. Bonus footag« less
"What you basically have here is old, old Super 8 movies of the band shown over a musical soundtrack of average bootleg quality at best. Some of the soundtrack (and I use the term soundtrack in the loosest possible sense) sounds like it may be from the legit "Kick Out The Jams" album, while other music may be from the various lo-fi cds that have circulated for years like the Strugis Armory & Saginaw Civic Center show. Yes, there is MC5 concert footage, yes there is a concert soundtrack, but they are never from the same source. You might be hearing "Kick Out The Jams", but based on the video, you have no idea what the band is playing. The various concert shots are spliced in to mimic the actual concert, but the editing job is not very good. What your eyes are seeing is totally different from what you are hearing. There is often "non-live" footage mixed in which has absolutely nothing to do with anything. Finally the dvd is only 35 minutes long, pretty short considering the amount of material a dvd can contain. For any newcomer to the MC5, who is reading this. Take a big pass here & drop your cash on the "Purity, Accuracy" box. For a diehard MC5 fan, seeing the video is really a must; especially with so little if any live video footage available, albeit "silent". It's like watching an old home movie while playing the "Kick Out The Jams" lp on the stereo. I guess I need to change my title for this review, I doubt the producers of this "film" could have done much considering the material they had to work with. I would actually rate it 2 1/2 stars if I could."
Can I give this zero stars?
Smiley | 05/01/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I love the MC5 as much as anyone but this is ridiculous. I knew before I bought this that the audio and the video were not synced up; however, I thought that I would get 30 minutes of raw live footage of the MC5. WRONG! This DVD has maybe five minutes of live footage of the MC5 that has been annoyingly sped up, slowed down, colorized, looped, etc. This is absolutely and totally worthless. Just when you think Music Video Distribution can't sink any lower something like this comes out. Is this John Sinclair's attempt to destroy the legacy of the MC5 or cash in on the legacy of the MC5 at any cost?"
Precious Scraps of a Historic Time
R&R | Rochester, NY USA | 10/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Kick Out The Jams", with it's jerky footage and for the most part, overdubbed audio, could disappoint the neophyte who has just become aware of the MC5.
But, for us who were there, in 1969, it is manna from heaven. Having been in NYC at that time, and seen their 8 shows at Ungano's, the apocolyptic performances at the NY State Pavilion with the Stooges, and the frightening mess at the Fillmore, this disc is a wonderful link to the past.
The MC5 were the prototype heavy metal band, the prototype punk band, the inspiration for every garage band, and the definition of High Energy. Anyone who was in their presence knew the power of their performances. They were as important as any rock band in existence. And, it is a shame that they weren't better documented.
With this CD and a little imagination, you can experience the power, commitment, energy and fun of the rock band you always wished you were in.
There will never be any band like them."
David Wilkinson | 10/15/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"There really hasn't been much documented on the Mc5 until a few years ago that I really know of. This film in particular is great if you are really wanting to see any footage of the Mc5. If you are a purist for well put together films you may not like this. The flashing lights and the tripy images can be distracting and I couldn't even imagine how that would be on acid. At any rate the music is great but it is not in synch with the actual home movies which are silent pieces. I'm just happy that there is some documentation coming out on the Mc5 and I'm hoping that the surviving members of the Mc5 will put out the documentary "a true testimonial." The interview with John Sinclair is interesting and worth checking out. I met him at a coffee shop in Memphis as he was doing a radio show there and he was a really nice guy and quite a charater as that footage shows. Again if you are looking for a full fledge documentary you won't find it there. I give this 3 stars because it's really a montage with the music over it but it is good to see footage of the Mc5 playing."
"Ok, back in the day they did. Their heyday, that is. This DVD was something to watch and I'm just really glad I didn't pay full price for it!
It's very cool to see the MC5 rockin' out. The footage on this DVD was pretty much live footage, but the music in the background was not in sync due to it just being background music. That kinda sucks!
There was a lotta psychedelic colors coming at you during the songs and that can be kinda distracting to say the least.
It was very cool to see Wayne Kramer playin' the stars and stripes guitar and Fred Sonic Smith playing a white Mosrite and then a black Mosrite and then a Fender Jazzmaster. That was cool.
The music kinda reminded me of the cd releases from Revenge records that I bought in the early 90's. Much like a boombox recording of a band. Very raw and unmixed. Cool to have, but not really to listen to.
I guess for people who love the MC5 and just wanna own some footage, any footage of the band, it's really cool. But very short! There's a John Sinclair interview at the end. He's talkin' about how it was back in the day with the MC5.
I wanna see some footage of that Epiphone Crestwood deluxe used by Fred Sonic Smith! That would've been cool.
But if yer a big fan of the band and want some footage, any footage, go get this DVD!
If yer not a fan and was curious, this is for you too! Go get the albums as well!"