No vintage Hi-Fi stereo system or vinyl records to listen to Detroit’s best classic rock songs? No sweat – we’ve got you covered!
This week’s Detroit Proud Playlist features Detroit Rock City classics! Detroit rockers Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, George Clinton, The Stooges, and the MC5, as they helped shape the sound of rock in the ’60s and ’70s. Turn on your lava lamp and black-lights as you take a spin back in time through Detroit’s rock history. Enjoy!
Emerging from the vibrant Detroit music scene, the Iggy Pop led The Stooges, who carried their own brand of venom and attitude that helped separate them from other rock bands of the same era. Check out “Search And Destroy” and “I Wanna Be Your Dog” to sample The Stooges brand of growling Detroit rock!
Politics and hunting habits aside – Ted Nugent (aka The Motor City Madman) has a stranglehold as one of rock’s best ax men. Over eight minutes long, “Stranglehold” is a prime example of the talent Mr. Nugent has at striking the chord of every rock fan’s soul! Ted Nugent’s progressive musical talent also shines on the tongue-in-cheek “Cat Scratch Fever”.
Formed in 1964, MC5 are considered one of the most important bands of their era. The MC5’s far-left political views and anti-establishment lyrics helped them emerge as one of the leading innovators of the punk movement in the United States. Their most famous song, “Kick Out the Jams,” is one of the most covered punk/rock songs to date. Although their pioneering prime lasted only eight short years, their sound would prove to be historic.
Born in North Carolina, George Clinton got his musical career started as a songwriter for Detroit’s famous Motown record company in the early 1960s. He was a member of The Parliament Funkadelic and created the P-Funk sound famously associated with Clinton. He began his solo career in 1982 and went to lend his P-Funk sound in the production of albums for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bootsy Collins.
Considered the Godfather of “Shock Rock,” Alice Cooper would go on to pave the way for many metal and goth rock acts in the decades following the 1970s. Anthems for the teenage wasteland of the early ’70s, “School’s Out” and “I’m Eighteen” have transcended generations as classic fist-pumping tracks. Check out Detroit Proud’s favorite Alice Cooper songs below!
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