Review of MC5: Kick out the Jams

We recommend you check out Darren Scott’s pick episode for  MC5: Kick Out the Jams before reading and listening to our reviews below.

  • Would we recommend?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Overall?

Review of MC5: Kick out the Jams

October 2023 saw us dive into the very first punk album of all time. It’s so the first that it wasn’t even classified as punk at the time. MC5 recorded this, their first album live and we all felt the sound recording and quality was pretty darn good considering how long ago this was done. It stands up.

But when we really got into the music, things took a bit of a turn. We enjoyed a few of the sounds, notably the title track, but found overall this album just became noisy after a couple of tracks and started to down-right irritate some of us. Scott G enjoyed it the most but the rest of us found getting through in one listen a bit of work.

That said, we’re glad we had the experience, as this was really the beginnings of punk and an entirely new sound to the world. We’ve widened our musical knowledge and scope.

Overall Scores

Influenced our tastes: 2.9

Would we recommend: 3.3

Overall: 2.4

Our Individual Review Scores

Scott G

Influence: 4
Recommend: 4
Overall: 4


Influence: 2.5
Recommend: 1.5
Overall: 1.5


Influence: 4
Recommend: 3.5
Overall: 2.5

Scott C

Influence: 2
Recommend: 4
Overall: 1.5

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