Acclaimed Albums – Kick Out The Jams by MC5

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 169/250Title: Kick Out The Jams
Artist: MC5
Year: 1969
Position: #215

This is it! The final album from the 1960s that is in the Top 250 albums list. It’s taken me years (and a lot of false starts) to get to this point, but this feels like a real landmark to reach on a list that so heavily features the Beatles, Stones and psychedelic rock albums. I was meant to have listened to this a few days ago, but I became addicted to a track from Mitski’s Be The Cowboy album (and recently discovered the Doughboys podcast)… but that’s how life goes.

Kick Out The Jams is one of those rarities on this list: a live album. Being a live album of some note there is already that sense that this recording is the capturing of lightning in a bottle. This album in particular is a unique document as it really shows a genre of music in development: punk.

In a lot of my music posts I have been charting the path that rock music has taken towards punk, the Ramones and the Sex Pistols – with Kick Out The Jams it feels like I have listened to another really important part of the journey. Since this is live you really get the idea of the sonic anger that punk music would later distil into the genre, but on the whole this is a hard rock album with proto-punk elements.

It’s interesting to listen to as part of my musical education but, on the whole, isn’t one I’ll picking up again for a while. This isn’t my sort of music, but I can at least appreciate how this fits into music history as a whole.

I still have some ways to go before I have completely caught-up to the where I’m currently at with the 1001 songs list, but progress is happening and that’s incredibly gratifying. I guess it’s time to see what things are like with albums from the early seventies.

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