Six-Pack: Rob Tyner of The MC5
Born on this day in 1944: Robert W. Derminer, a.k.a. Rob Tyner, lead singer of The MC5. Yes, he’s the man who famously – and obscenely – informed listeners what they could do with the jams, but he also had a bit of a solo career in the wake of the MC5’s dissolution. In celebration of his birthday, we’ve put together a six-pack of songs in Tyner’s honor, starting with one of those aforementioned solo endeavors and followed by five covers of MC5 songs by other artists.
1. Rob Tyner and the Hot Rods, “Till the Night is Gone (Let’s Rock)” (1977): In the late ‘70s, Tyner teamed up with Eddie and the Hot Rods to record this one-off UK single, released in conjunction with Tyner touring to UK to promote vinyl reissues of the MC5 catalog.
2. The Damned, “Looking at You” (1979): Featured on MACHINE GUN ETIQUETTE, one of the best albums released by The Damned during their ‘70s punk heyday, this wasn’t released as a single, but it meshes so well with the band’s own style that it underlines just how punk the MC5 themselves were.
3. Afrika Bambaataa, “Kick Out the Jams” (1986): This classic tune of rebellion has been covered countless times, but here’s a version that you might not have heard, done in a surprisingly straightforward manner by the legendary hip-hop pioneer/
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4. Michael Monroe, “High School” (1987): When the Hanoi Rocks frontman stepped out on his own, he wasn’t afraid to wear his influences on his sleeve, and although it might not be a spot-on reproduction of the original, it’s still a strong take on the track.
5. Marshall Crenshaw, “Tonight” (1994): If you want to know how diverse Marshall Crenshaw’s music tastes are, just consider that, in addition to this MC5 song, he also covered ABBA’s “Knowing Me, Knowing You” on his live album, MY TRUCK IS MY HOME.
6. Corrosion of Conformity, “Future Now” (1995): CoC have been well known for delivering pounding heavy metal since their inception in 1982, so it’s no shocker that they paid tribute to the MC5 and did it well.