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MC5Back In The USA

Tracklist

Tutti-Frutti1:27
Tonight2:32
Teenage Lust2:34
Let Me Try4:12
Looking At You3:00
High School2:39
Call Me Animal2:03
The American Ruse2:28
Shakin' Street2:18
The Human Being Lawnmower2:22
Back In The USA2:35

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Notes

Two versions of "Teenage Lust" were released . A censored version with "girl" and an uncensored version with "bitch" in the final verse.This difference was dependent on territory.
The UK, Japan, France, Spain and South Africa all issued the uncensored version on the original pressings.

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    • azoth9's avatar
      azoth9
      Rot in Hell Jon Landrau, the producer for the castration of this material! If you heard these song live, you understand. What a shit record. Thank the goddess for High Times, the very good album after this nightmare.
      • bwana's avatar
        bwana
        Can anyone confirm whether the version of ‘Teenage Lust’ on this specific reissue is the censored or uncensored version?
        • plaffey's avatar
          plaffey
          The sound of this UK first pressing is spectacular , everything else is far inferior , and I've heard them all !
          • FPL's avatar
            FPL
            I bought my copy beginning of the eighties around 84 and at this time, it was a great kick for youth like me.
            • mikeinoakland's avatar
              mikeinoakland
              i wonder what this original (label) pressing sounds like? (the first Brownsville Station album, No B.S.,originally issued on Punch Andrews' Palladium imprint)). i have had a Warners WLP (no jacket) since back then in real time, and it (that pressing) is the BEST SOUNDING HARD ROCK RECORDING to come out of the whole 1968 - 1971ish local/national Detroit/Michigan scene. the hard rock songs/rearrangements (Roadrunner and Rumble are to f'n die for) just kick mega-ass. and what a great drummer (he's gone by the end of that season or year).

              why the MC5 didn't have the "duh PAY ATTENTION YOU f'n IDIOTS" oh jeez, it's the MC5, trying to get anything productive or logical or whatever out of that pack's brain trust (rob and wayne after being brainwashed by jon landau: "yeah! that's just what we need! brand new shiny little silver-face fender CBS-ERA amps that sound like shit! that's just what our album sessions coming up need, plinky-dinky-dink rhythm guitar sounds that chuck berry would approve of!" (A: are u f'n nuts. please check out his early 45s from 1955-56, man that rhythm guitar is distorted or at least edge-of-distortion as all fuck, and i mean like AC/DC bon scott era would salute him) and soooo, yeah. (the 45 mix on Tonight definitely works though, maybe the album cut too. meaning the "gain pot / volume knob" and wayne and/or fred's 1st rhythm guitar track rolled back). arrrrrgh, let me go back in time, whack Wayne upside the side of the head a couple times, and lay a 100% simple truth on him: if you write songs with a little practice amp that distorts and shrieks and whines the minute you're 'standing to close" with its knobs (gain, volume, master volume) all the way up -- well, duh, that is what your songs are going to sound like.

              but dennis thompson -- when dennis is "the sane voice in the room" you know that the ship has gone off the rails, hit a freeway overpass and maybe a couple of stray cows before it finally thumps into an abandoned empty VW 'hippie van' -- really had the last word on the ultra sort-of-really-a-semi-fiasco that was the MC5 through the last half of 1969: "i ain't going to play NO! NAZI! MARCHING! MUSIC!" (his quite reasonable suggestion to noob rookie producer jon landau). but he did. part of that living abortion (the half of it that sucks, hard) of an album that pretty much tanked their career and would've anyone else's too. (there is nothing else you can call it's 1st and last tracks, i.e. the two cover songs. except a gigantic wtf. like what the hell are you guys doing? have you LOST YOUR MINDS? ("but these shiny little new CBS Fender amps are so cool looking! look how they sparkle and shine when you turn the studio lights down!"). like, omg. can't we just go back in time and throw these guys into a cheap UK studio (Regent Sound's famous 4-track board) with an unknown london guy/producer named Rodger Bain? ("no, you can't"). well fuck it then, this is not going to end well.

              meanwhile, way-down-on-the-bill relative-schlub band (relative to their peers around Detroit and Michigan) cut (that next year, 1970) the BEST SOUNDING HARDEST ROCKING MOTHERFUCKKER OF A HARD ROCKING (did i say that it rocks hard, and the drummer kicks mega-ass?) ALBUM out of the entire 3 or 4 or 5 years of that "everybody is getting signed. but who the hell greenlighted turds like bandleaders doug fieger or dick wagner for album deals?" ("probably the same brainiacs who thought that the Savage Grace were somehow related to the MC5 or at least SRC") crazy wild Detroit/Michigan scene. crazy world, man, crazy world.

              Greil Marcus in rolling stone nailed the Back In The USA album to the wall, just in more polite language. Call Me Animal is great, The American Ruse is better than great, Human Being Lawnmower is fucking amazing (and the Looking at You remake is f'n excellent). (and either mix of Tonight on lp or 45 is exce-fucking-lent, just a tom hanks-worthy "man, that's snappy! and barely two minutes long! i like it! let's get it in the stores by monday!" radio-ready track). but lame weak-assed crap like "highschool, sis boom bah!" oh jesus, ARE? YOU? KIDDING ME? Teenage Lust is worse, and omg Let Me Try is just h o r r i f i c, again, refer to brownsville station.

              i will duly note (and not amused one bit by the fact) that Dennis Thompson was the most BADLY and/or POORLY RECORDED top notch 60's-style drummer in all of 60's/early 70's hard rock history. and i mean criminally so. jeesus, man. just call Glyn Johns on the phone! it is SOOO SIMPLE. two overhead microphones to pick up the whole kit! (ancient style "big band era" microphones is what johns/shelTalmy were using, notably forever captured on tape on that aMAzinG sounding "little drum kit where everything is also magically in TUNE to real tones" (snare, side toms, floor tom, all of it) first Who album. (plus a mike on the kick drum front side, which was a first for that in the UK). IT IS THAT SIMPLE. seriously, did any of you even go to college? (hand in the air, jon landau). um, i mean, to MUSIC college? (hand in the air again, jon landau. who played in rock band cover bands in his late teen years, including when starting his undergrad studies at Brandies University). oh man. this is hopeless. no one will ever be able to fix this, but people will argue about it forever. THIS BAND (the five from the motor city) SHOULD HAVE BEEN AMERICA's ROLLING STONES. jesus, what a bunch of fuckups. did you guys even have a manager? (oh wait, entire books were written by or about that guy). ha. i bet brownsville station just skipped the "10% to the manager" and cubby the cubmeister did the inbetween phone work to the booking agent! (could it have been jeep holland?)

              again, dennis thompson was right to call red flags on what was going down, although i am sure that the six people involved (counting jon landau) have six to sixty alternate versions of just how "should have been america's rolling stones, all it's going to take is two hit singles and it's all downhill" (starting with square one: they LOOKED the part. they 'fit the suit'!) instead went down in history as a complete bunch of f u c k ups.

              and if any band from detroit/ann arbor proper deserved to have a hit single, man, brownsville station was it. even if it wasn't the greatest song ever written.

              i am conspicuously avoiding the "grand funk question" (since they were way up in Flint, and with the dubious 'terry knight and the pack' sideman pedigree for don, and if i remember right, mark too at one point). who did everything right, had a real manager, and just rolled nonstop until they realized that (said manager) all their money had disappeared! (legally). moral, well taken: show up early to a 'business meeting,' close the manager or lawyer or publicist's door, and start hacking through all those unlocked desk drawers! you never know what you might find! and boy Grand Funk sure did.
              • xmod's avatar
                xmod
                Edited 2 years ago
                The thinner, green and red with white stripe label SD 8247 is a later WEA release, and should not be included with this. It also has a white, lighter card cover, matte, by Image Printing
                • larry.burns84
                  I have an original press of this, just wondering how this particular version sounds... I have a Blue Cheer reissue on Sundazed and it sounds freakin brilliant. How's this one?
                  • diebonds's avatar
                    diebonds
                    my copy has a super sound quality ,the vinyl looks perfect . cover and labels are one to one reproduction, so i give 5 stars at all.
                    • baldmann's avatar
                      baldmann
                      Disappointing reissue. No bottom end, very thin sounding. Too bad because this is a great album musically.
                      • flipster's avatar
                        flipster
                        ...the consensus of opinion seems to fall into the 'could do better' camp when it comes to this, the second wax from the 5, most cats seem to think that it's a let down after the jams joint which was a riot storm reflecting the detroit times...'back in the usa' is partly taking the 'GET BACK' route, to play some 50's rock'n'roll, much like the flamin' groovies were doing at around the same time, taking pure rock'n'roll back to before the acid washed in and turned the whole joint day-glow...having the manager john sinclair sent down for a 2-10 stretch after getting set up by narco pigs destabilized the combo, the oppressor drew even nearer, they were being targeted by pig forces in different towns and cities as proven when the 5 took a kicking in chicago...playing basic rocking tunes they hoped to keep on rolling, to move ever onward, this time taking the revolution to the kids through the transistor radio which is why the sound has the treble stacked fairly full on...they took the 'get back' parameters to include how the sound must be that came from battery powered AM radio back when they themselves were early teenagers digging the wild boss sounds that came flooding through the ether...dig the lyrics and a cat knows this is directed to the kids, extolling rock roll freedom/rocking the high school in all different forms/getting hip to the amerikkkan ruse/not falling for the pig line, the revolution is pouring off this disk, it's abbie hoffman backed by chuck berry, both of whom themselves suffered pig trouble as they upset the balance of power, they were considered extremely dangerous by the ruling class, trouble rocked (and rolled) the empire...going to europe in 1970 to promote the disk helped them keep the faith where revolution and rocking went hand-in-hand from paris to prague, they were welcomed by leather jacket radicals as well as pure rocking daddios...any cats of a doubtful nature as far as this joint only need to enter into the spirit in which it was made, to party on the ruins of the corrupt system with a reefer in one hand and a transistor radio in the other, pushed tightly on the ear...dig the beat, its the memphis flyer steaming through the night, spreading the word in every direction, giving hope to all that feel the groove...

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