Check out this rare footage of the MC5 in a Paris club in 1972

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"Kick Out the Jams" and "Black to Comm" — everyone's two favorite songs by the Motor City Five — are given a pretty blazing treatment by this later version of the band, live in Paris at the Gibus Club, in February of 1972.

The tape is blurry, distorts and cuts out periodically, was shot in black and white, and is very poorly lit. But it's super riveting! A quick search shows that this performance has been in traders' hands for years, but to our knowledge this is the first time it's shown up online.

This is the group in their final phase — clearly going out with a bang. Mike Davis had been replaced by Steve Moorehouse on bass within days of this performance (assuming it is accurately labeled as February). The group would break up later in 1972, to briefly reunite in time for two final New Year's Eve shows at the Grande. Enjoy!

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Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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