Kick Out the Jams (song)
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Kick Out the Jams Song
"Kick Out the Jams"
MC5 - Kick Out the Jams 1969 single.jpg
Cover of the 2009 American single
Single by MC5
from the album Kick Out the Jams
"Motor City Is Burning"
ReleasedMarch 1969 (1969-03)
MC5 singles chronology
"Kick Out the Jams"
"Shakin' Street"

"Kick Out the Jams" is a song by MC5, released as a single in March 1969 by Elektra Records.

Formats and track listing

US 7" single (EK-45648)
  1. "Kick Out the Jams" (Michael Davis, Wayne Kramer, Fred "Sonic" Smith, Dennis Thompson, Rob Tyner) - 2:37
  2. "Motor City Is Burning" (Fred "Sonic" Smith) - 4:30


Adapted from the Kick Out the Jams liner notes.[3]

Production and additional personnel


The original release has the song begin "Kick out the jams motherfuckers!". For radio play, the line was censored to "Kick out the jams, brothers and sisters!".

In Popular Culture

  • The song was used in the episode "Rifting Apart" (Season 3, Episode 8) of the Starz television show "Ash Vs. Evil Dead".


Chart (1969) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 82

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1969 Elektra LP EK-45648

Cover versions

Band Year
Blue Öyster Cult 1978
Afrika Bambaataa and Family 1986
Volcano Suns 1989
The Big F 1990
Bad Brains 1990
Poison Idea 1992
The Fluid 1992
Presidents of the United States of America 1995
The Mono Men 1995
Michael Monroe 1996
Entombed 1997
Rich Hopkins & Luminarios 1997
Monster Magnet 1998
Wayne Kramer 1998
Rob Tyner Band 1999
Rage Against the Machine 2000
Joseph LoDuca 2000
Jeff Buckley 2001
Agitated 2002
The Nomads 2002
Give Up the Ghost 2003
Europa 2003
Disoscillators 2009
Frankenstein 3000 2010
The Strypes 2014
Black Hay 2015
U.K. Subs 2018


  1. ^ Stiernberg, Bonnie. "The 50 Best Garage Rock Songs of All Time". Paste. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ SPIN Media LLC (October 2002). SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. p. 70. ISSN 0886-3032.
  3. ^ Kick Out the Jams (sleeve). MC5. New York, New York: Elektra Records. 1969.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "MC5 - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2015.

External links

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