Wednesday, 6 April 2011

MC5 - Teenage Lust

Album Back in the USA (Atlantic,1970) Chart Pos: #N/A

Yesterday, I went in to a record shop and bought a picture disc reissue of Back in the USA only to discover to my horror that the damn thing was warped. This put a bit of a damper on my day as the album was brilliant set of short sharp pop songs. Compared to their first (and slightly overrated IMO) album the production of Back in the USA is much more tame and the songs (for the most part) less politically inclined. This is not surprising as it was produced by future Bruce Springsteen producer Jon Landau. Teenage Lust the main standout track where the band opts to create songs about sexual frustration instead of race riots and Vietnam. Despite the tame production the songs lean composition surely must of been a huge influence on bands like The Ramones.

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