Saturday, November 26, 2011

City Slang: Two proto-punk guitarists are now bobble-heads

Posted By on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Two legendary Detroit guitarists, Wayne Kramer of the MC5 and James Williamson of the Raw Power and current lineup of the Stooges have been immortalized in the form of bobble-head statuettes.

The two figures are actually really fucking cool. Both have a little speaker and, with a push of a button, play a riff synonymous with the appropriate guitarist.

Accordiding to the release, “Both guitarists were named in Rolling Stone Magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Both figures deliver a signature riff at the push of a button and are displayed in a multi-panel box, stand at 7 inches tall, are made of a lightweight polyresin, and retail for $24.95. The Wayne Kramer figure is limited to 750 numbered units. Wayne dons his White Panther Party threads, curly hair, and American flag guitar. Brother Wayne's inimitable style was the first to combine rock with free jazz to create the genre's most unique result -- high-energy sci-fi hard rock and roll. The James Williamson figure is limited to 500 numbered units. James is accurately sculpted right down to his signature threads, hipster hair, and Sunburst Solid Body Guitar. James' guitar style is widely acknowledged to have been an influential guitar style for 100's of guitarists from the Sex Pistols to the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Green Day. James was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2010 along with the other members of the Stooges.”

Any suggestions for other Detroit guitar Gods that should be toys?

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